Fordham has a commitment to giving its students excellent academic advising through their college years. Right from the start, each First Year student is assigned a full-time faculty member or dean to serve as their academic advisor. The primary goal of the First Year Advising Program is to welcome the student into the academic and intellectual community at Fordham College at Lincoln Center. It is a direct reflection of the Jesuit tenet of cura personalis or care of the whole person. First year students are assigned specially trained faculty advisers and are required to meet with them at least twice each semester. Early in the academic year, individual sessions are scheduled to assure a successful beginning at Fordham. During the advising and registration period, students meet their advisers again to review mid-term grades and discuss plans for subsequent semesters. In the second semester, the student and adviser review the first semester experience and begin to focus on future academic goals.
Once a major is declared, students are assigned a faculty member from that department to serve as their academic advisor. The major advisor meets at least once a semester with each student, in order to plan courses for the next semester, discuss issues in the current and past semesters, and to plan for the future, including jobs and graduate school. Students are also advised by their class deans.