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Advising Services

Academic Advisors are available to assist students with any general questions you may have about the BAC or your program of study. If you have a question and aren't sure who to ask, start with your Academic Advisor and they will direct you to the appropriate office.

How/When Do I Receive an Advisor?

All onsite students are assigned an Academic Advisor when they enter the BAC, and you will receive this information during New Student Orientation.

Can I Change My Advisor?

You are allowed to change your Academic Advisor and should contact Academic Advising at 617.585.0160 or

How Do I Meet with My Advisor?

Academic Advisors are available by appointment and during specific drop-in times throughout the year. Appointments can be made Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9 am and 7 pm. To schedule an appointment, you can go in person to the office, call the general Academic Advising line at 617.585.0160, or email

Important: Appointments must be scheduled at least three days in advance and, if necessary, must be canceled 24 hours in advance.

Available Advising Services

Academic advisors are available to meet with students for a variety of reasons, including the following and more.

Each semester, you can get assistance in selecting courses to make sure you stay on track for your degree requirements and maintain the academic load that’s right for you. We can also assist you with understanding Portfolio Reviews, Thesis, Degree Project, and Progress Review processes.

As you progress through the BAC, it becomes increasingly more important to plan the best path through to graduation. Your Academic Advisor can show you them different options and help select a path that works best for you.

Sometimes, you will find that the schedule of design school is very different from what you have previously experienced. Academic Advisors can give you tools to balance work and school, learning more efficient study habits, individual time management planning sessions, and group workshops.

Instructors in any class may, at any time, submit an Academic Warning for students who are not performing up to expectations. The instructor may recommend specific steps to be taken, such as a referral to the Learning Resource Center, as part of this submission. A copy of the warning is kept in the student's Advising Services file, and the original is mailed directly to the student. Students who receive warnings are urged to meet with their Academic Advisor to assist in successfully completing the course.

You should come to your Academic Advisor with any concerns you have about your courses and grades. We'll help you learn how to maintain Satisfactory Educational Progress and give appropriate contacts for any additional support services that can be utilized.

Practice advising is handled primarily by the Practice Department, and you can meet with Practice Staff directly. However, Academic Services can be a resource to students for general Practice assistance, such as starting a job search, learning about what related jobs may earn Practice credits, or getting information about the sequence of Practice-related milestones in the curriculum.

While the BAC does not provide on-site counseling, we are partnered with AllOne Health Resources to provide the Talk One2One Student Assistance Program. Talk One2One can provide you with counseling and make referrals to local organizations that can help you, no matter what issue you’re facing. You may contact Advising Staff or learn more about the Student Assistance Program.

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