The Office of Academic Advising oversees the Academic Resources Center, which is home to the Math and Science Help (MASH) and tutoring programs. The Insight Program, a distinct first year program focused on assisting students with the transition to college, and Pre-Health programs are also coordinated through the Office of Academic Advising. The Office of Academic Advising can also help students to plan to complete a BS/MS in their desired field.
Under the WPI Plan, students have the final responsibility for designing their own educational experiences at WPI, which includes understanding their degree requirements and making sure those requirements have all been satisfied for graduation. However, that doesn’t mean students are on their own—each student is assigned a faculty advisor to provide them with tips, advice, and guidance when necessary.
The role of the faculty advisor is to help their advisees design a program of study, which reflects the students’ interests and professional goals. They are also available to help their advisees choose among academic alternatives, interpret catalog requirements, and review degree audits and grade reports. Academic Advising, in turn, provides supplemental support to undergraduate students to help them create academic plans and reach their goals.