Whether students come to Puget Sound “open” with respect to major (as all first-year students and many transfer students do) or in a declared major, they may declare or change a major or choose a new advisor at any time after they have completed their first semester, freshman year. They make these changes using tools available on their Cascade Web menus.
Most students have only one advisor, and that advisor is designated as their advisor of record, or “primary” advisor. But students may elect to have more than one advisor, and additional advisors are designated as “secondary” advisors. When students have yet to declare a major, they are free to select primary and (if they wish) secondary advisors without constraint after their first term. When students declare a major, they must select a primary advisor in the department of their major. When students declare a second major, they must select a secondary advisor in the department of their second major. Students may choose secondary advisors in addition to their major advisor(s) at any time (e.g., an advisor to help them plan a pre-med curriculum). The primary reason for officially selecting a secondary advisor outside the major is to give that faculty member access to online academic records. The following are key distinctions between primary and secondary advisors:
A Primary Advisor:
A Secondary Advisor: