Meet your team

A key to your success as a CWRU student is the team of people surrounding you. You will have several people designated to be a resource to you, not only as you begin your experience, but throughout your time at Case Western Reserve University. 

Your four-year advisor: Your four-year advisor is the key to creating a college experience that is uniquely your own. They will work with you throughout your CWRU years to provide advice on areas of study, academic policies and degree requirements. In addition, they will point you to experiences, research, student organizations and more that you might be interested in. Their goal is to make sure you take full advantage of opportunities that help you explore your interests and reach your goals. Be sure to schedule your first four-year advisor meeting soon to discuss course selection for your spring semester.

Your pre-major faculty advisor: Each new student will receive a pre-major advisor: a faculty member from a discipline as closely related to a student's interests as possible. You will meet with this advisor at the beginning of the semester to discuss your plans and interests, and you will have a chance to go over your class schedule as well. You will meet with this advisor at least once more during the spring semester (and more often if needed), and then again in the fall, until whatever point you declare your major and receive a major advisor. In the meantime, you will be able to ask your Pre-Major Advisor any sort of academic or university-related questions you might have to help guide your initial time at the university. Your Four-Year Advisor and Pre-Major Advisor work together to give you the best possible support.

Your library advisor: Your library advisor can guide you through library services, keep you informed about resources and programs, answer questions about library policies and procedures, provide research assistance, develop search strategies, and even schedule meetings throughout the year.

Your orientation leaders: During Discover Days—your CWRU orientation—you will meet many orientation leaders (OLs), including two who will be your specific guides throughout orientation and beyond. Orientation leaders are a welcoming group of current CWRU students ready to be a resource, guide and friend as you start your experience.

Your residential community director: Your residential community director (RCD) is a full-time professional who lives and works in the residential community. The RCD provides comprehensive leadership and support for your residential community and actively manages the learning experience at both the community and individual levels—monitoring and supporting your holistic academic, social and personal development throughout your first year.

Your resident assistant: Resident assistants (RAs) are CWRU students who live in the residential communities and work in teams to provide support. The primary focus of an RA is to promote a community that feels safe, is focused on learning, and is inclusive and respectful of all members.

People you choose along the way: Beyond all the specific people above, you’ll have the opportunity to add to your team along the way. You’ll have various faculty teaching your courses. Staff members that will serve as great resources on campus. We hope that you’ll get involved with a student organization or two as well. You will be surrounded by people on campus who want to see you succeed.