Numerous academic resources, advising and support programs are available to help students navigate the HMC curriculum. These include the Writing Center; the first-semester Pass/Fail grading system; Academic Excellence, a student-led tutoring program; proctors (seniors who serve as personal and academic counselors for dorm residents); and, the Academic Advising program.
Additionally, HMC students support one another through the collaborative nature of the HMC academic program. Much of the work can be done in teams or groups. Most HMC students rarely do homework by themselves or work on a problem set alone. Thanks to the non-competitive academic environment, group assignments at HMC are pleasant experiences where peers encourage one another and everyone is motivated to put forth their best effort.
Students may have up to four assigned faculty academic advisors during their HMC career.
First-year Faculty Advisor
Assigned at the beginning of a student’s first year. Advisors assist with selecting courses and adjusting to HMC life. They will advise the student on second- and third-semester registration and, possibly, on their fourth semester if the student has not yet declared a major. They remain with the student until a major is selected.
Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts (HSA) Advisor
Assigned during the middle of a student’s first year. The HSA advisor’s role is to ensure the student fulfills the HSA requirements of the curriculum. They remain with the student until graduation.
Assigned after a student officially declares a major. The major advisor ensure that his/her student completes the departmental requirements needed to graduate. He/She also advises students about elective courses and research that will help determine the focus for the student’s senior research project. He/She remains with the student until graduation.
Assigned once a student’s senior research project is decided. In some cases, the major advisor and Clinic/thesis advisor may be the same faculty member. The Clinic/thesis advisor helps the student throughout their senior research project.
Additionally, students often make connections and develop mentor/mentee relationships with other staff and faculty members.