To assist faculty in their critical role as Academic Advisors, the Committee on Advising and Student Life has compiled the following set of resources. As always, the Office of Academic Advising is happy to answer questions and provide additional support.

  • Faculty Advising Handbook (PDF): The handbook discusses the role of an advisor, advising in the context of the Plan, national standards for academic advising, and has a great list of campus resources.
  • Tracking Sheets: There is a tracking sheet for each major on campus. Students should use these in planning out their courses – and advisors can find them a great help as well. These are updated every year, so there may be multiple available sheets. The student and faculty member should use the appropriate sheet for when the student entered WPI.
  • HUA Requirement (PDF): The Humanities and Arts Requirement brochure helps students understand the HUA requirement. The brochure provides a clear description of the requirement and examples of different ways to fulfill it.
  • HUA Inquiry Seminars and Practica (PDF): This list only shows what is currently offered, but can give students and advisors some idea of available opportunities and how the student might best prepare for a similar inquiry seminar to be taken in the future. (Note: Document not Safari compatible.)
  • Social Science Requirement (PDF): This will help students understand and make the most of their social science requirement. It provides information on how to pursue a social science minor.
  • Physical Education Requirement: All WPI undergraduates must complete four 1/12 credit activities in physical education in order to graduate. Students are encouraged to complete this graduation requirement before their senior year. Students are able to complete these activities through PE classes, club and/or varsity sport participation.
  • Career Outlooks: The CDC provides resources and support to students on major selection, resume/CV writing, internship/co-op and job search strategies, interviewing skills/mock interviews, graduate school assistance, career advising, job offer evaluation and negotiation skills, and more!
  • Project Opportunities: Students frequently need support and advice in identifying both IQP and MQP project opportunities and this database provides a listing of available project opportunities.  Note that students wishing to fulfill the IQP at one of WPI’s Global Project Centers must apply by A term of their sophomore year.  Direct students to the student project resources to assist them in planning for their major projects and for guidance on projects.
  • I’m Concerned about a Student: In the course of your meeting with advisees, you may hear some things that cause you to worry about a student. You can use this form to put your concerns before a body of professionals who will further explore the situation and develop a plan to help and support the student and our campus.
  • International Student Support: International House offers a variety of services and advice specific to international students including visas, reduced course loads, work authorization, taxes, etc.
  • GPS Courses (PDF): A historical record of GPS courses.
  • WPI Scheduler (PDF): A useful guide for your advisees to assist in developing course schedules.