Faculty Advising-Student-faculty interaction is a hallmark of the School of Hotel Administration. Students benefit both personally and professionally from developing relationships with individual faculty members.

The school offers two different faculty advising relationships during the undergraduate years:

Transition Advisors-These faculty members work with first- and second-year students, and are responsible for helping students make a smooth transition to life and work at Cornell and the School of Hotel Administration.

Career Advisors-These faculty advisors help students explore and connect their career interests to the curriculum and the industry, helping students network with faculty and staff members, and alumni. Students are transitioned to a career advisor during the second semester of the sophomore year (transfer students are transitioned once they have completed most of the first- and second-year core courses).

Office of Student Services (OSS) Advising-Experienced, professional staff members in the Office of Student Services supplement the advice of faculty members.

OSS advisors:

  • assist students in making good decisions, and support students during difficult or vulnerable times-when they are confused, overwhelmed, or troubled by academic or personal matters.
  • help students design imaginative and solid curricula that satisfy appropriate degree requirements, and inform them about the school’s many special academic options, such as the Management Intern Program, the Hotel Leadership Development Program, and Study Abroad.
  • help students make the fullest and best possible use of university and college resources.
  • provide career-management advising, assisting students in linking their academic work to career goals.

Career Management Advising-Career management is an integral part of the Office of Student Services. OSS advisors can:

  • assist in honing résumé and cover letter-writing skills.
  • conduct mock interviews.
  • guide and instruct students on school and campus job search resources.
  • help to build the confidence necessary for a successful job search.
  • offer students assistance in mapping out strategy and determining career goals.

Responsibilities of Student Advisees

  • Be considerate of your advisors’ schedules. Be on time to meetings; leave plenty of notice if you need to reschedule.
  • Be open-minded and receptive.
  • Get to know your faculty advisor and your OSS advisor.
  • Initiate career and academic discussions with your advisors.
  • Learn the degree requirements.
  • Make regular appointments with your academic advisor. Come prepared with questions, course selections, and alternatives.
  • Take responsibility for your decisions.