Resources for Parents and Families

The Office for Undergraduate Education employs academic advisors and deans who are available to discuss academic policies, procedures or concerns with students, parents or family members. We can also direct you to other appropriate campus resources. Common issues we discuss with parents and families include academic planning, course registration, academic difficulties, academic opportunities, pre-professional questions, withdrawals/leaves of absence, and health and wellness issues.

Important Legal Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires that your student must give us consent before we can release specific personal information regarding their situation to you. Your student can give or revoke consent by completing the Emory College Letter of Consent. If your child has given consent then we are more than happy to discuss their specific situation with you. In the absence of this consent, we will only be able to give general information as relates to Emory educational policies and resources available to all students.

Academic Advising & Support

Your student will have an academic advisor for the duration of their time at Emory. In the first instance, this advisor will be their Pre-Major (or PACE) Advisor. This faculty member will track with your student until they officially declare their intended major. At this point your student will be transitioned to an advisor in their major field. Students meet regularly with their advisors during the course of their studies and normally, at least, once per semester.

In addition to the PACE or Major Advisor, the Office for Undergraduate Education has a full staff of academic advisors and deans who are available to assist. Students are welcome to make appointments with our team to discuss issues with courses, academic planning, general education requirements and much more. Advisers are available Monday-Friday. We also have an advisor-in-residence. This person lives in one of the residence halls and holds advising appointments after hours.

Other Support Options for Students Include

  • Peer Tutoring & Mentoring
  • Appointments with the Class Dean
  • Professor’s Weekly Open Hours
  • Appointments with a Learning Specialist

Pre-Professional Advising

Students that are interested in pre-professional advising also have many options. The PreHealth Mentoring Office serves to advise students who are interested in pursuing a career in the health field and are planning their academic goals accordingly. The Career Center has a number of advisors trained to work with students on Pre-Law or Pre-Business tracks. The Career Center also works with students interested in specific careers based on their various academic interests and majors. For more information, please visit their page here.

So, What Can I Do To Help?

Here are some of our top tips on how you can best help your student

  • Stay updated on your student’s academic progress

  • Encourage your student to seek out academic resources and support. You know your student the best and can look out for signs of stress. There is a wide variety of support structures in place for your student

  • Stay up-to-date on academic deadlines and important dates for breaks here: Emory College Academic Calendar

  • Encourage your student to choose courses based on their interests and abilities.

  • Encourage your student to get involved on campus. Creating connections with the Emory community will be vital in your student’s success at Emory College

  • Reach Out! If you have a concern about your student, reach out!