Faculty Advisers for Eli Whitney Students
A “constellation of advisers” is available to you to help you learn about Yale, create an educational plan, follow Yale’s guidelines, and fulfill the requirements.
Over the summer, the director of the Eli Whitney Students Program will assign you a faculty adviser. Soon after arrival on campus, you should contact your adviser to set up a time to meet and discuss your academic plans and any other questions you might have. It’s likely that your adviser will be able to answer your questions but, if not, he or she will direct you to other faculty members (such as directors of undergraduate studies) or directors of resource centers who can.
Your residential college dean and the director of the Eli Whitney Students Program are also available to counsel you on personal and academic matters, and to give advice about the rules of Yale College. Your residential college dean, in particular, is available to you, as to all undergraduates, to provide academic advice. Many Eli Whitney students also find that the head of their college is a helpful (unofficial) adviser.
If you have a problem with a particular course, your faculty adviser can often help you resolve it by discussing how to approach the instructor or the director of undergraduate studies (DUS) of the particular department or program, or by referring you to tutors or peer advisers of many sorts (such as in the Center for Teaching and Learning, the cultural centers, the Chaplain’s Office, the Academic Strategies Program, and Mental Health & Counseling). Your adviser’s guidance can be invaluable, not just in your ﬁrst year but throughout your Yale career.