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Peabody Academic Advising

The Office of Academic Affairs provides advising on all topics ranging from research, fellowships, registration, scheduling, classes, professional and career planning, graduate school, and health and wellness. Our office also offers peer tutoring for classes taken at Peabody. Productive advising is built on a partnership in which the student and the adviser work together in a spirit of mutual engagement, responsiveness, and dedication. Students may schedule an academic advising appointment or drop by during walk-in hours (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 2:30-3:30 pm).

The Peabody Advising Partnership

The advising partnership strives to build a relationship of support and trust between the student and adviser to help the student achieve their goals in succeeding both academically and personally during their time at Peabody and beyond. This partnership is built around regular advising conservations that enable the adviser to serve as a resource of knowledge, referrals, enrichment, wellness, and support. Successful advising strives to always be transformational, rather than merely transactional, to help the student thrive to their utmost potential and plan and prepare for their life at Peabody and their future. Students and advisers have unique responsibilities to facilitate a successful advising partnership.

Thus, students should:

  • Actively engage in the advising relationship by reaching out and meeting with the adviser
  • Respond to adviser outreach and be forthcoming about perceived obstacles to success
  • Reach out to the adviser when they are struggling or facing challenges
  • Share achievements, upcoming concerts, research projects, and other work to celebrate student success
  • Proactively research and plan ways to reach academic goals and share these goals with their adviser
  • Be open to researching answers to questions with advisers in order to learn ways to find information on their own
  • Act upon referrals to other sources of information and advice
  • Let the adviser know when they have not been able to find the information or advice they need

Advisers should:

  • Be knowledgeable, responsive, and supportive
  • Reach out to advisees, especially when an advisee seems to be struggling
  • Inquire about students’ short- and long-term goals and ask students to consider various opportunities, including studying abroad, fellowships, scholarships, internships, graduate schools, careers, and research opportunities.
  • Research answers to questions with students as a way to show students how and where to find information on their own
  • Brainstorm options, ideas, and opportunities that might be of interest to students
  • Refer students to other sources of advice and information and connect advisees with appropriate contacts, faculty members, and offices
  • Follow up with students in a timely way