Who are the Student Advisors?
The Student Advisors (SAs) are junior and senior Biological Sciences majors in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The student advisors serve as academic peer advisors to all first-year students (freshmen and external transfer students) interested in the biological sciences major. Student Advisors begin communicating with students the summer before classes begin and will meet with them throughout the academic year to share their knowledge about the major, their college, campus resources, and campus activities.
All Student Advisors hold one office hour per week in the Office of Undergraduate Biology (OUB). Office hours are held Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM through 4:00 PM and Friday 9:00 AM-3:30 PM. Students are encouraged to meet with Student Advisors to talk about course options, research opportunities, major and college requirements and campus involvements. Student Advisors are also able to meet with students who are looking for tutoring in certain classes. For more information on tutoring, see below.
Many Student Advisors provide free tutoring during their office hour shifts in the OUB. If you are interested in meeting with a Student Advisor for tutoring, please follow the steps below:
- Search the Student Advisor Profile Page to identify a Student Advisor who tutors the course you are interested in. https://biology.cornell.edu/advising/student-advisors
- Email the Student Advisor to request tutoring during office hour shift.
- Provide the Student Advisor with the instructor’s name, course textbook, and areas that you would like reviewed.
- Provide the Student Advisor with at least 48 hours advanced notice.
- Express your appreciation by showing up for the tutoring session on time.
Please note that the free tutoring services are only provided during the Student Advisor’s specific office hours in the OUB.
Apply to be a Student Advisor
If you are enthusiastic about Cornell University and the Biological Sciences major, we encourage you to apply to be an SA! In January of each year, the Student Advisor application is available online. Applicants are expected to interview for the position in early March and if chosen, are required to attend a training session in late April. All dates will be communicated well in advance so that applicants are aware of the commitment.
Student Feedback about Student Advisors
"My student advisor was a major help when it came to deciding what courses to take. Some of the most important advice of my college career came from my student advisor: simply, don't rush the experience. I took classes I wanted to take in addition to the classes I had to take. This was, in many ways, more than advice about Cornell; it was really a life lesson, and one by which I hope to
"My student advisor was always there when I needed her."
"He really helped ease my transition from high school."
"I can't say it enough that having the perspective of someone who has experienced what you are about to undergo is invaluable. I am an advisor myself, and I feel great joy returning the aid and insight that my advisor gave me to my own advisees."
Questions about the Student Advisor Program can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org