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Academic & Career Advising
The Academic & Career Advising (ACA) Office is ready to support you through each step of your college career by providing academic guidance and resources that help you into, through, and beyond.
Before arriving on campus as an enrolled student, you will be assigned an academic advisor. Working closely with your advisor, you'll evaluate your strengths and interests, zero in on majors and programs you'd like to explore, and select your courses. Your advisor and the ACA staff are an important part of building an academic plan.
During first-year advising, you will ...
- understand how your strengths apply to academic interests and career goals
- explore majors and minors
- prepare for on-campus employment
- participate, if interested, in optional workshops and seminars
Once you declare your major, you’ll begin working with an academic advisor in that department who will help you fine tune and implement your long-range educational plan.
Here are some of the other ways the ACA Office supports students throughout their college journey:
- Declaring a major
- Comprehensive academic planning
- Finding internship or externship opportunities
- Workshops on job search strategies, interviewing skills, and how to conduct a successful job search
- Transition services for students thinking about taking a semester or more away from campus
- Resources for researching graduate schools and professional training programs
ACA offers services, events, and resources to help answer questions about graduate schools and professional programs, job search strategies, and alumni networking—all with the goal of supporting your success beyond Principia.
Here are some of the ways the ACA Office supports students as they prepare for success after graduation:
- Career Conference
- "Thinking Beyond College" seminars
- Graduate and law school workshops and consultations
- Job fairs in the greater St. Louis area
- CareerConnect online mentoring platform
We highly recommend students complete internships and externships. They are advantageous for career exploration, developing a professional network, and gaining relevant hands-on experience. View a list of places where Principians have interned and been hired.
Principia is eager to partner with employers and organizations in support of students' career exploration through:
- ACA Director and Academic Advisor
- New/Transition Student Coordinator, and Academic Advisor
- Internship Coordinator, Special Major Advisor, and Academic Advisor
- Career Programs/Employer Relations, and Academic Advisor
- Career Education Coordinator and Academic Advisor