Dear Students,

We hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer! The Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs has put together some information and resources that we hope will be helpful as you navigate the next few weeks.

  • Course Adjustment Information – Beginning Monday, August 15, Banner Self- Service will open for you to make schedule adjustments. We encourage you to reach out to your advisor to review your schedule, answer your basic advising questions, and provide you with your unique PIN NUMBER. Remember, you will not be able to make any changes without your pin number. The Registrar’s Office has provided some additional information through their website: to help with the Add/Drop process. Please be sure to also review this information prior to August 15.
  • Class Dean support – The class deans are your partners in success! You are always welcome to schedule a meeting with your class dean to introduce yourself, discuss your plans for the semester, and/or explore opportunities that will enhance your educational experience. Let us know if you are having challenges at any point in the semester (e.g. absences, missing assignments, or stress). Meetings with us early on in the semester allows us to connect you with appropriate resources such as counseling, accessibility services, and workshops on time management and study skills.
  • Dean’s excuses – You are expected to meet the attendance and participation requirements for each class. We provide excused absences (dean’s excuses) for extenuating circumstances such as bereavement, family emergencies, or religious observances. Regardless of whether you have finalized plans or not, requests for excused absences for fall religious observances are due Friday, September 9th!
  • Academic Resource Hub – The Hub is partnering with 50+ peer educators to provide academic support programming through Supplemental Instruction, Mentored Study Groups and Individual Peer Tutoring. The SI Leaders, MSG Leaders and Individual Peer Tutors will receive orientation training and be establishing their session schedules over the course of the first 2 weeks of classes.
  • Student Academic Resources – Looking for a one-stop-spot for academic resources? You can find information regarding accessibility services, tutoring, advising/registration, healthy living, and more! Please bookmark this site, and share this information with your fellow classmates!
  • College Transition Workshops – Students can register for an individual or small group time management workshop with Dean Abigail Close. Sessions are designed to review each students’ course schedules and syllabi to better understand how to organize their daily, weekly, and semester plans. The ultimate goal is to have students learn how to visualize their time so they can better prepare for the busy points in the semester.
  • Health Professions – Are you considering a career in health professions? Our HP Advising team is here to support you! Advising appointments are a great way to get you started on your health professions journey. So don’t hesitate to come by our offices in 218 RISC (Prof. Nancy Waters, and 101 Scott Hall (Ms. Simona Glaus, or email us directly to schedule your advising session with us. Additionally, you can let us know about your interest in health professions by emailing us at We will then add your name on our HP distribution list. This way you will be able to receive the information about our HP programs, workshops, experiential opportunities tailored to health professions students and more. To register for our upcoming Health Professions Information sessions, please visit our website at Please be sure to check your health professions email regularly since we will be adding new programs as they become finalized! 
  • Multi-language Learner Academic Support – The English for Academic Purposes Center will continue on providing academic support services for multi-language learners. Such services include the college success academic workshops, ENG100 class, Conversation PARDner group chats, one-on-one English language tutoring sessions, the center’s Spaces site for language learning materials, etc.

Meanwhile, the online magazine Global Expressions: Writing Beyond the Mother Tongue is calling for paper submissions. The purpose of this magazine is to celebrate and recognize the multi-language writers at Lafayette College and develop intercultural communications within our community by showcasing the writings written by multi-language writers. This is a very good platform for you to publish your second language writings. There is no specific requirement for the content or the genre of the article. It can be an essay from one of your writing classes; it can be a story that you want to share with other people about living in the US; it can also be a poem about friendship.

Please feel free to send emails to Tingting Kang at to schedule a meeting or if you have any questions.

  • Scholarships & Fellowships Office – Make an appointment to meet with Dean Goldberg at to learn about different scholarship and fellowship opportunities regardless of your class year. Additionally, we encourage you to check out our Office website and explore the myriad opportunities available. If you are a senior or recent graduate and are interested in applying for upcoming scholarships/fellowships, please be aware of rapidly approaching deadlines. Those requiring Lafayette nomination/endorsement have a campus application deadline the last Friday in August!
  • Speech and DebateJoin Lafayette’s traveling Speech and Debate team! Do you have a passion for performing in front of an audience? Are you an advocate for issues of social justice or public policy? Is spoken word or dramatic performance your thing? Would you like to hone your presentation skills in a challenging and competitive environment? Joining the nationally ranked Lafayette Speech and Debate team is the perfect opportunity to perform poetry and drama, discuss politics, and communicate your ideas. Join us at our recruitment meeting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Sept. 1. We will be meeting in Room L3 of the Simon Center.Pizza and refreshments included. If you have questions please feel to email the Speech and Debate team’s director, Scott Placke at

We plan to send out updates from our office each month!

See you in a few weeks,

Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs