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Advice on Advising

Students should work with their assigned faculty adviser for academic counseling. Initial assignments are made of such advisers when a student matriculates in Pratt, and are re-assigned as necessary when the major is declared. Students may request a specific academic adviser when declaring their major or at any subsequent point; such requests are processed by the Office of the Dean in the Teer Building. Whenever possible, it is Pratt policy that each student be advised by a faculty member in their chosen area, and that this adviser shall remain the student's adviser for as long as the student desires. All regular faculty at Pratt serve as undergraduate academic advisers. Please read Pratt's advising procedure.

At times, some faculty members' travel schedules or other commitments may leave them unable to give each advisees as much time as is needed or desired, or academic issues may arise requiring the expertise of other faculty or administration. Under such circumstances, please contact your Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) to discuss the problem. If necessary, another faculty member may be assigned to the student.

If the DUS is unable to resolve the student’s issues, the student should contact one of Pratt’s Academic Deans for assistance.


Duke University has developed a Peer Tutoring Program for undergraduate students. This program is a free academic support service for Duke undergraduate students and addresses some (although not all) engineering, physics, chemistry and mathematics courses. The Peer Tutoring Program offers semester-long, regular support for students through individual tutoring sessions.

Study Skills and Time Management

Duke’s Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides individual conferences and group workshops on academic skills and strategies for all Duke University undergraduate students. The ARC provides learning and information processing training for students who often ‘understand’ course material but have difficulty applying it on exams, as well workshops in time and task management, stress management, and test preparation strategies.


Duke’s Division of Student Affairs offers Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to helps students develop abilities to deal with the experiences of living, growing, and learning at Duke. The CAPS staff includes psychologists, clinical social workers, and psychiatrists who carefully adhere to professional standards of ethics, privacy and confidentiality and are experienced in working with college-age adults.