At Holy Cross College, Academic Advising is not just someone who tells a student when to take particular courses to graduate, an academic advisor is a mentor for students to discuss goals, academic interests and how interests translates to careers, a personable resource to share challenges and triumphs whether academically or not, a guide to lead students in the right direction for campus and community resources, and simply a friendly face to check in with as a Holy Cross College student. All advisors work together to ensure students have accurate information regarding policies and procedures, and all students have the tools necessary to make progress to graduate.
All students who enter Holy Cross College begin with an academic advisor, or pre-major advisor. Once a student declares a major, a faculty member in the major becomes the student’s primary academic advisor; however, the pre-major advisor continues to be available as a secondary advisor and available resource.
For academic year 2020-2021 advisors are as follows:
Stephanie White – Director of Academic Advising
Meets with as is the primary advisor all first-year students to Holy Cross College, transfer students, students who have yet to declare a major, and any transfer intent students.
Emily David – Program Coordinator, Special Programs: Gateway, Driscoll Scholars, Naval ROTC Prep
Meets with and is the primary advisor first-year students who have been formally accepted into the Gateway Program, Driscoll Program, and Naval [email protected] from high school through the University of Notre Dame’s admission process.
Major Faculty Academic Advisor
Meets with and is the primary advisor for students who have formally declared a major. Declaring a major typically happens after the first semester or first year. Each major has a designated faculty academic advisor. Students are welcome to meet with these advisors prior to declaring a major. If students have declared and then have an intent to transfer, then they’d still be meeting with their major academic advisor to discuss this process and scheduling.
Adam DeBeck – Director of Career Development
Meets with and is the primary advisor for all students who are trying to discern career pathways and opportunities within a specific field after graduation in addition to community engagement opportunities during a student’s time at HC. Adam works closely with Katy Cressey regarding internships; Katy is the primary coordinator for the internship course (IDST 400). Both Adam and Katy are available to assist with resume and cover letter questions when applying for opportunities.
Major Faculty Academic Advisors: See each faculty members posted office hours on their office or email directly to schedule a meeting.
Adam DeBeck, Director of Career Development: Introduce yourself and schedule a meeting. It’s never too early to get connected!
Email: [email protected]
The first year academics
Required advisement meetings
Each student will be required to meet at least three to four times per semester with their academic advisor. One of these meetings will be advisement for the forthcoming semester course plan where students discuss potential schedules and students receive an Advisor PIN to register when registration opens.
- Writing Center
- Counseling Health and Wellness
- Clubs & Intramurals
- Student Handbook
- Campus Safety
- Residence Life
Summer academic advising meetings and registration
Recently admitted students attend Saint Orientation Advisement & Registration (S.O.A.R.) sessions during the summer prior to the start of the academic year in August. Exact dates are published at the beginning of May.
Special Programs: Gateway, Driscoll Scholars, Navy ROTC Prep
Students admitted to the Holy Cross / Notre Dame Special Transfer Programs- Gateway, Driscoll Scholars, Navy ROTC Prep -will work closely with Ms. Emily David, the program coordinator. Students are encouraged to make appointments here, or reach out to her via email.
- Gateway Program
In their year at Holy Cross, Gateway students take a coordinated curriculum of classes at both Holy Cross and Notre Dame that align with their intended major and interests. Each semester, students will work with the Gateway Program Coordinator to select 4 courses at Holy Cross and one course at Notre Dame. In addition, students take two semesters of the one-credit Moreau First Year Experience course to fulfill Notre Dame’s first-year requirement.
- Driscoll Scholars Program
Driscoll Scholars complete two years of study at Holy Cross in preparation for a STEM major at Notre Dame. Curricula vary depending on one’s track in the College of Engineering or the College of Arts and Letters. Students will work with the Driscoll Scholars Program Coordinator to meet requirements for the Holy Cross Associate of Arts degree while completing core Math and Science requirements for their intended major.
- Navy ROTC Prep Program (NPP)
NPP students will follow a prescribed curriculum as indicated by the Navy ROTC offices at Notre Dame. Students work with the NPP Coordinator at Holy Cross to register for their courses and ensure they are staying on track for admission to Notre Dame. In order to prepare for a STEM major at Notre Dame, NPP students will take courses in Chemistry and Calculus, as well as Physics or Biology. They will also take the College Seminar course, as well as courses in US History and English.