Students who have been offered admission to the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program will be assigned a School of General Studies academic advisor, with whom they will consult for course selection and academic planning for the duration of their time at Columbia University. Students have regular contact with their academic advisor leading up to their arrival in New York, and are encouraged to schedule monthly Skype appointments to keep their advisor informed about their academic performance and long-term academic plans.
After arriving on campus for the second phase of the Joint Degree program, students will continue working with the same academic advisor through the Office of the Dean of Students in the School of General Studies. Advisors serve as students' primary administrative link to GS throughout their tenure in the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program, providing guidance on University as well as GS-specific policies and procedures.
Once at Columbia, students are also assigned faculty advisors within their major departments who assume responsibility for providing advisement on courses and major requirements. Faculty advisors in departments are also available to students completing concentrations in that discipline or program. Each academic department and program at Columbia has a designated Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), who is available for consultation about majors, concentrations, and their requirements.
As they complete years three and four at Columbia University, Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program students also maintain their ties to CityU, and are in regular contact with their college’s departmental coordinator for any questions or concerns that may arise with regard to their academic planning. Joint Program students are strongly encouraged to submit course lists and credit transfer requests to CityU at the beginning of each semester for approval, allowing their program leader or college or departmental coordinator to monitor their degree progress and confirm that their Columbia coursework will fulfill CityU GE and major requirements.