The Advising Center is not only a resource for students, but also for faculty. We hope that the information on this webpage helps facilitate the important conversations that you have with students surrounding their academic journey. We invite you to contact us for additional support.

Call the Advising Center at 914-251-3990 or email us at to discuss your advising question so we can empower you to guide your students.

Contact Your Advisees

To email to all of your advisees at once, format the email recipient as follows: For example,

Advising Week for Fall 2024

Advising Week for continuing students is Monday, April 1st- Friday, April 5, 2024.

Course Registration for continuing, matriculated students begins on Monday, April 8th in accordance with the timetable published in the Fall 2024 Registration Guide issued by the Office of the Registrar. We encourage students and faculty to coordinate their meetings prior to Registration Week.

For more important dates,  such as the course withdrawal deadlines, visit the 2023-24 Academic Calendar.

Faculty Advisor Training Sessions

Email any time to request one-on-one training for faculty advisors.  One of our staff will be happy to work with you!  See our educational videos below for additional information.

How to Use the Course Search

How to Read a Degree Progress Report (DPR)

Student Financial Aid Considerations when Advising

Planning Ahead for Advising

1 - Start early. The Course Search goes live a couple weeks before Advising Week, and Alternate PINs are available in Starfish and from your Advisee Listing in myHeliotrope.

2 - Offer individual and/or group advising sessions virtually or in-person during your normal office hours. For example, you could host one session for freshmen/sophomores and another for juniors/seniors. For virtual sessions, you may use screen sharing to review the Degree Progress Report and the Course Search, and then answer any questions before typing the student’s Alternate PIN into the chat window.

 3 - Use the Course Planning Worksheet, which you can copy/paste into an email and ask students to send it back with their responses. This is like an Add/Drop form, but more conversational. Students can explain the reason behind each of their course selections. 

4 - Refer students to the Advising Center. When you need additional support from a professional academic advisor, feel free to refer students to us. We conduct appointments via phone, email, and Zoom. Students can schedule an appointment through our online calendar in Starfish (note that faculty/staff Starfish calendars are only accessible to students).

Additional Information

Summer/Winter Courses
Summer and winter courses could be a great way for students to “catch up” on credits, improve their GPA after a rocky semester, or propel themselves ahead!  Students can view all of the winter session courses on this page and in the MyHeliotrope Course Search, and summer sessions on this page and in the Course Search. 

Course Scheduling Deadlines

The Office of the Registrar has its own Faculty and Staff resource webpage with helpful myHeliotrope User Guides and Course Scheduling Deadlines.

Thank you for the invaluable role that you play for our students!

- The Advising Center