Sophomore Advising

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Overview:  The Dunster Sophomore Advising Program individually pairs each incoming sophomore with an Academic Adviser at the start of the fall term. Sophomore Advisers, in turn, provide mentorship, support, and guidance as students transition to academic life at Dunster, choose their fall term classes, and prepare to declare a concentration. Sophomore Advisers are typically Resident Tutors, Non-Resident Tutors, or House staff who are familiar with House life as well as the general academic and co-curricular resources the University has to offer. Advisers often play an important role in helping students take advantage of the wide-range of opportunities at Harvard, as they are familiar with each student and work to connect them to the right resources. After students declare their concentration in November, the Sophomore Adviser remains an important part of their advising network, providing holistic guidance and advice throughout the academic year. 

Key events in the Dunster Sophomore Advising Program include:

  • Sophomore Orientation: The Dunster Sophomore Orientation Program takes place in late August/early September, and aims to familarize students with life in Dunster. Orientation typically includes a sophomore outing, a house tour, and introductions to the academic, physical, programmatic, and administrative resources available to all students in the House. There is time specifically set-aside during orientation for sophomore advisees to meet and get to know their advisers. 
  • Concentration Declaration Celebration: Each November the House gathers together to celebrate its sophomores as they declare their concentrations. Don't miss out on this opportunity to celebrate with your fellow upperclassmen concentrators, advisors, and friends!