Parents and Families

Welcome to Academic Advising at WPI. Our advising program is based on a cooperative and understanding relationship between the students and advisors. Under the WPI Plan, students have the final responsibility for designing their own educational experience, which includes understanding all of the degree requirements and making sure all of those requirements have been satisfied for graduation. To support them in this process, students have access to many faculty and staff during their four years at WPI. To begin, first-year students have a support network through the Insight Program, which consists of a Faculty Advisor, Community Advisor, and a Resident Advisor. This team is in place to help your student with personal and academic issues that may arise during their transition to college.

At the end of B term of the first academic year, your student can declare a major. At this time, he or she will be assigned a Faculty Advisor in his or her desired field of study. As an expert in the field, the Faculty Advisor can help your student with course selection and academic planning. Students who are undecided about their major will work with the Office of Academic Advising. While advisors are willing to suggest specific programs of study, they will not insist that students follow that particular path. Advisors can also help students choose among academic alternatives, help them interpret catalog requirements, and review degree audits. Students are required to understand these documents and their implications for academic progress and act accordingly. Therefore, it is critical that your student take the initiative to consult regularly with his or her Faculty Advisor.

In addition to the support staff on campus, the Office of Academic Advising also acknowledges your crucial role in helping your student succeed at WPI.

If you are concerned about your student’s grades or academic standing, it is imperative that you communicate directly with your student. An open line of communication is essential to getting your student back on track. However, if you are unable to discuss your concerns with your student, you may contact the Office of Academic Advising. While Academic Advisors can discuss limited issues with parents according to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we will do our best to address your concerns. To keep you informed about your student’s academic progress, parents and families will receive grade reports from the Registrar’s Office at the end of B and D terms of each academic year.