Summer Advising

When will I first meet my SUMMIT Advisor?

You will first interact with your SUMMIT Advisor in late July, about one month before you arrive on campus. During these meetings (either online or by phone), your SUMMIT Advisor will get to know you and answer any questions you have about selecting courses, navigating college policies and procedure, choosing a major, and other questions you may have. Moreover, your SUMMIT advisor will connect you to the person or campus office that can best assist you.

How do I sign up for a summer advising appointment with my SUMMIT advisor?

Summer advising is scheduled from July 6 - July 20 but the virtual meetings actually take place July 20 - August 14, so it is best to schedule your appointment in COMPASS now. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Log into COMPASS with your User Name and ID. The same information you use to access your Agnes Scott e-mail, Canvas and AscAgnes.
  • Once you log-in, you'll see a prompt on the page for you to customize your profile, but you can bypass that prompt for now and click on the "Schedule a Meeting" option, OR you can click on the navigation menu button at the top left hand side, and then click on "My Success Network."
  • Once you're in the "Success Network," you should see your SUMMIT Advisor.
  • Click on the three blue dots next to the right of your SUMMIT Advisor's name and select "Schedule."
  • Select any date between July 20 and August 14 that is in bold to sign up for an available appointment.

Accessible text companion document to the video.

What should I do to prepare for my first advising meeting?

By July 1, you should:

By July 20, you should:

During the summer, you should:

  • Check out the links under Current Students to learn more out about academic policies and procedures, special academic programs, degree requirements, and the range of courses offered by departments.
  • Familiarize yourself with AscAgnes to find out about specific course offerings for the semester. You can search for courses by semester, by academic department, name of instructor, level of instruction, or time of day.  *Note: You do not need to log-in to view the schedule of classes, but once you do receive your log-in information from the college, you should log-in to view your account.

Since I haven’t decided on a major, what classes should I sign up for?

What ideas excite you? What subjects have you not yet tried, but spark your curiosity?  Consider these questions as you select your fall courses. In addition to requirements like Leadership 101 Leadership Prologue, your SUMMIT Advisor will help you to incorporate other subjects you wish to explore in your fall schedule.  

What should I do if I decide to pursue a dual degree program of study?

Our dual degree programs give students the “best of both worlds”-- the opportunity to earn a well-rounded, liberal arts degree from Agnes Scott followed by a specialized degree at a partner university.

Because dual degree programs require students to complete their Agnes Scott degree requirements in three years, it is important that you declare your intent to pursue a dual degree early in your first year.  During your first meeting, your SUMMIT Advisor, will help you create a fall schedule that includes general education curriculum requirements and connect you to specific dual degree advisors for further guidance.

How often should I meet with my SUMMIT Advisor during the school year?

Your SUMMIT Advisor is integral to your success at Agnes Scott, and you should maintain regular contact with your SUMMIT Advisor throughout the school year. These communications can range from quick, 10-minute “check-ins” to hour-long meetings face-to-face, on the phone,  or online.

All students are required to meet with their SUMMIT Advisor at least once per semester during the pre-registration period to discuss course selections and schedules for the coming semester.

Will I only have individual meetings with my SUMMIT Advisor?

In addition to one-on-one communication and meetings with your SUMMIT Advisor, you will attend a group meeting with other first year students once per month (September, October and November), as well as attend Sum It Up in September.

How do I purchase textbooks?

To learn what books you need for a course, you will need to go to (the Agnes Scott online bookstore), select the fall 2020 term, and then the department and section for your courses. The title, author and edition info along with the ability to purchase the items and have them shipped to campus will then display. If a course does not show items yet, check back in a bit as some faculty members are still finalizing their lists. Of note, one book that all new students will need in LDR 101 and ENG 110 courses is the St. Martin's Handbook 8th Edition.

Please note that while Agnes Scott's official campus bookstore Charis Books is open for students to buy supplies and swag, students must order their text books online using either the or another vendor.