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Advising Services

  • For CS majors, the CS faculty advisor and the CS Undergraduate Advising Coordinator (in 303 Upson Hall) are the primary
  • What can you expect from your advisor?
  • If you do not have a CS faculty advisor, then you can get your CS-related questions answered by the Director or Undergraduate Advising Coordinator during orientation and pre-affiliation periods.
  • All advisors in CS have support staff, who may be able to help you find them. List of support staff for each faculty.
  • The Association for Computer Science Undergraduates holds general meetings that address many advising issues. They also run a mentorship program.
  • For more difficult problems, you may want to get a tutor or also consult with a college-level advisor.

The Faculty Advisor

You are expected to keep your faculty advisor informed about your successes and difficulties at all times. If your advisor is in CS, then the normal pattern of semester interaction is as follows:

  • The advisee and faculty advisor meet at their mutual convenience at least once each term to discuss courses and the overall academic plan.
What to expect from your advisor.

Note: If you have any questions about your advisor assignment or would like to discuss switching advisors, please feel free to come see us in Upson 303.


During Orientation in August, information about entry level CS courses is given during the Major Information Fair (Engineering) and the Arts & Sciences Majors Open House.


The College of Engineering hosts a Majors Fair in the fall semester, where representatives from the CS department are available to answer questions about the major. Unaffiliated students are also invited to visit the Undergraduate Advising Coordinator to discuss planning for entry into the major (Office hours posted online at You can also contact the CS Undergraduate Office by email

ACSU General Meetings

The Association of Computer Science Undergraduates (ACSU) is an organization of students interested in computer science at Cornell. Its purpose is to help students to develop academically and professionally in a friendly social environment. The ACSU assists students by offering information about job opportunities, corporations, and graduate studies, and by promoting student/faculty interaction. The ACSU is open to any person who has a basic interest in the field. CS majors are encouraged to join. ACSU membership provides an excellent opportunity to have fun with your peers in CS while promoting the professional career.

The ACSU Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program matches advanced CS majors and alumni with students who need advising or assistance regarding the major. Upperclassmen participating in the program are matched with students needing advice in the area of their specialty. In addition, participants may be asked to perform other tasks that take advantage of their experiences, such as making presentations during field information sessions or being present during pre-registration to advise underclassmen about course selection.


Tutoring services are provided by Engineering Learning Initiatives in 167 Olin Hall (257-9622), Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society) at, and the Learning Strategies Center in 420 Computing and Communications Center (255-6310). Many CS courses have undergraduate staff tutors or consultants; check the course webpage for details.

College-Level Advising

Engineering Advising (167 Olin Hall) and Arts and Sciences Advising (55 Goldwin Smith) are staffed with highly skilled individuals who can help you with a wide range of problems.

Arts and Sciences Advising Web Site

Engineering Advising Web Page

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