The Office of Academic Advising & Support is committed to advising Simmons students from a collaborative and holistic approach. This practice is intended to educate and empower students to plan an academic path which will lead to a successful college experience and lay the foundation for lifelong learning. The Office of Academic Advising & Support (OAAS) serves all undergraduate students who have questions about academic advising at Simmons College. We are primarily responsible for advising students through their first 3 semesters and continue to be a resource to them as upperclassmen.
First year students and first-semester sophomores (beginning with the class of 2017) are assigned to a professional advisor in OAAS based on their intended major or track, as indicated on their application to Simmons. Students who transfer-in with less than 48 credit hours are also assigned to a professional OAAS advisor. At the end of the student's first semester of their sophomore year, they will be transitioned to a faculty advisor in their intended major(s). In general, advising assignments are based on the student's expressed area of interest.
Advisees work with their advisors to plan their courses of study. Students may meet with their advisors to change courses, to discuss academic concerns, and to enroll for the next semester when registration has begun. Advisors assist students in planning academic schedules, interpreting the goals and objectives of a Simmons education, and explaining the College's degree requirements. Upper-class students work with advisors in their declared major(s). Advisors guide students through departmental requirements while helping them to focus their study. Although students are responsible for monitoring progress toward fulfilling the College's degree requirements, faculty advisors are knowledgeable about the requirements and are also prepared to discuss career and graduate school possibilities.
The program manager of academic advising coordinates the academic advising system for undergraduate students out of the Center for Academic Achievement. In this capacity the program manager serves as a student advocate and advises students of the academic policies and procedures of the institution. A student who wishes to change advisors should contact the program manager of academic advising.
Suzanne Ronkin Leone
Program Manager, Academic Advising
MCB Room E-108
The Chairperson of an Academic Department
Each academic department has a chairperson who is well acquainted with the faculty in his/her department, the course offerings in the department, the requirements for completion of the major, as well as the career opportunities in his/her field. For the new and/or undeclared student, it can be helpful to meet with chairpersons. They welcome the opportunity to meet with students to discuss study in their discipline. They can also be particularly helpful in pointing out ways that courses in their department may complement the student's study in another department.