Advising

Personalized Support at Every Stage

What should you study? How can you make the most of your top talents? Should you go abroad—and if so, where? Which internship is the best fit?

At the Carroll School, advising features an entire team—faculty, staff, dean, and peer advisors—dedicated to helping students address these questions and other academic, personal, and career issues. Our advising approach evolves as students progress through the program, adjusting to fit their needs and interests as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Students also have access to a range of practical resources, including advising guides, the Office of International Programs, and the Boston College Career Center.

Advising Drop-In Hours

Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday
10 a.m. - noon
1 - 3 p.m.

Personalized Advising and Support

The transition to college requires both personal and academic adjustments. From the moment they enter the Carroll School, freshmen are supported formally and informally by both faculty and juniors and seniors.

Resources

  • Portico Professor: All Carroll School freshmen are assigned a faculty advisor, who serves as their Portico instructor. In addition to regular class meetings, students meet with this instructor to discuss a variety of issues. In the spring semester, they continue to meet to select courses, choose a concentration, and address other academic and co-curricular questions.

  • Portico Teaching Assistants: In addition to Portico instructors, freshmen also have access to two teaching assistants—Carroll School seniors who serve as mentors.

  • Dean’s Coffee: Get guidance from peers, faculty, staff, potential employers, and recruiters during this weekly event.

As students begin to consider concentrations, study-abroad programs, and leadership roles, faculty, peer, and staff advisors are available to help.

Resources

  • Faculty Advisors: Ask faculty advisors for their perspectives on how to make the most out of college and what advice they can offer from their own experience.

  • Peer Advisors

  • Staff Advisors

  • Dean's Coffee

  • Office of International Programs: Get info about studying abroad at this office, located at Hovey House.

  • Career Exploration: Reflect on strengths and interests and learn about career path options with a variety of resources, including:

    • The Sophomore Accelerator program

    • Carroll School career advisors

    • The Career Center

    • Halftime Retreat

When it’s time to get focused on concentrations and career planning, get guidance from faculty advisors. Also consult career advisors, staff advisors, and peer advisors.

Resources

  • Faculty Advisors

  • Academic Departments: Seek the advice of professors within specific concentration departments. During course registration in the fall, departments may offer large group advising programs or opportunities to meet with faculty individually.

  • Staff Advisors

  • Career Resources: Meet with the Carroll School's career advisors: Amy Donegan, Assistant Dean, and Kristen Nervo, Assistant Director. The Career Center’s resources—particularly EagleLink and UCAN—will also be very helpful.

  • Peer Advisors

  • Dean’s Coffee

Seniors aren’t assigned a faculty advisor but are encouraged to consult with professors with whom they’ve built relationships.

Resources

  • Faculty: Seek out faculty for advice regarding specific areas of study and career paths.

  • Career Resources: Use On-Campus Recruiting and EagleLink as well as the Career Center’s workshops and events for the job search process. Seniors should also meet with the Carroll School’s career advisors: Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Career Advising Amy Donegan and Kristen Nervo, Assistant Director.

  • Staff Advisors

  • Dean’s Coffee

 

Meet the Staff Advisors

Beginning sophomore year, students are assigned to a staff advisor in the Associate Dean’s Office. Students can discuss any advising concerns by appointment or during drop-in hours. Their expertise includes:

  • Academic policies and procedures
  • Curriculum
  • Concentrations
  • Study abroad and course approvals
  • Summer courses
  • Transferring out
  • CPT and OPT for international students
  • Leaves of absence
Eric Graf

Erica Graf

Assistant Dean, Academic and Student Services

Fulton 315 | 617-552-0462
Drop-In Hours: Thursdays, 10 a.m. - noon & 1 - 3p.m.
Students with the last name beginning with P through Z

Sara Nunziata

Sara Nunziata

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Program

Fulton 315 | 617-552-2266
Drop-In Hours: Mondays, 10 a.m. - noon & 1 - 3 p.m.
Students with the last name beginning with A through G 

Josephine Xiong

Josephine Xiong

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Program

Fulton 315 | 617-552-4207
Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - noon & 1 - 3 p.m.
Students with the last name beginning with H through O

Meet Your Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors are Carroll School seniors from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of academic concentrations and experiences who help other students with course recommendations, internship process, interview preparation, extracurricular activities, and more.