It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of and to meet the catalog requirements for graduation and to adhere to all other deadlines, rules, and regulations published in this catalog, the Student Handbook, and the Linfield College Policy Handbook. Students are generally governed by the catalog in effect when they enroll for the first time at Linfield College. However, continuously enrolled students may meet the graduation requirements of any subsequent catalog published during their enrollment. A particular catalog’s requirements must be adopted in whole; that is, mixing of requirements between catalogs is not permitted unless covered by an explicit policy exemption. A student may not select a catalog published prior to his or her matriculation. While academic advisors or college officials assist students in interpreting policies and requirements and making plans, the final responsibility for meeting requirements and adhering to policies belongs to each student.
Every student has a faculty advisor who serves as a guide and mentor in the student’s educational journey through Linfield College. Consultation with and/or approval by the faculty advisor is required for a variety of academic program decisions students make.
Because academic advising is based on a system of shared responsibility, students are expected to prepare for and attend regular meetings with their advisors throughout their studies at Linfield.
New fall semester first-year students are assigned both a faculty advisor and a peer advisor. Advisors are specially selected and trained to assist new students in the transition to college. In addition to holding one-on-one sessions with advisees, advisors serve as instructors for a one-credit paracurricular course called “Colloquium” which is required of all new first-year students. In regular meetings during fall semester, this course covers important topics related to becoming a successful college student. It also provides an opportunity for the new student and the faculty advisor to work together across the semester on the student’s adjustment to Linfield and on planning academic work at Linfield and beyond.
After fall of the student’s first year, faculty advisors work on an individual basis with their advisees generally under the auspices of the department in which the advisee plans to complete a major.