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Academic Advising and Placement
For their first year, students are assigned to faculty advisors through the Office of the Dean of Students. Advisors and advisees establish contact with one another in early summer to help guide course selection for the fall. Advisors meet with students during the orientation period and assist students during the period when courses may be added or dropped from the students’ schedules. During the third semester, when students may elect a major, they will move under direct advisorship of a major department or program. The chair of each department or program designates academic advisors for student majors. Students must elect a major before choosing courses for their junior year.
Faculty advisors are urged to use Colby's 10 educational precepts as a framework for conversations with their advisees. Faculty advisors, advising deans, coaches of athletic teams in which a student participates, and the student's parent(s) are notified whenever students receive warnings from instructors or are placed on academic probation.
Placement in Mathematics
Placement in Foreign Languages
If a student has not taken the SAT Subject test and wishes to continue studying a language, he or she will be placed on the basis of a required placement exam given during the orientation period for new students. Students whose SAT Subject scores are more than a year old at the time of registration also are required to take the Colby placement exam.
Students who have earned a grade of 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement examination, a 6 or 7 in an International Baccalaureate higher-level exam, or a 7 on a standard-level exam, may be eligible for placement in upper-level language courses.
Students who have had two or more years of language study may receive credit for the first semester of the elementary course of that language only if the appropriate department determines that their preparation is not adequate for a more advanced level.
Placement for students in languages for which no College Board test is available is determined by consultation with the appropriate department.