Sophomore-Year College Advising Form

To be used by first-years only after January 1, 2021

To be used by sophomores at any time during the 2020-2021 academic year

Do fill out this form

  • to remain with your current college adviser in your sophomore year
  • to select a new college adviser for your sophomore year

Don’t fill out this form

  • If you have declared a major (your DUS or DUS designee is now your adviser)

Deadline and link

All first-year students must submit a Sophomore-Year College Advising Form by May 6, 2020. This form allows you to indicate your current college adviser as your sophomore-year adviser or to indicate a new college adviser for your sophomore year.

Choosing a sophomore-year adviser

First-year students are encouraged to choose a faculty member as their college adviser for the sophomore year, and when a student changes from one adviser to another, the new adviser must be a faculty member.

Many students choose their new adviser from among the instructors of courses they took during their first year or from the faculty members in a department that interests them (perhaps as their potential major). Others select a director of undergraduate studies (DUS) or designated departmental representative. Such faculty members are especially valuable as advisers, particularly for STEM majors and for students who have identified a major. Most faculty members are happy to advise students during their sophomore year.

However, some students develop strong advising relationships with their initial college advisers and choose to continue that relationship into the sophomore year by opting to remain with their initial adviser.

It is important to indicate a college adviser for your sophomore year with whom you feel comfortable discussing your course selections, your goals for your education and beyond, and your Yale career in general.

Students may change advisers at most once per term (unless they obtain permission of their residential college dean).

It is expected that sophomores declare their major by the end of the year, or earlier for STEM majors. See also Declaring a Major.

How the electronic form works

Click on the Sophomore-Year College Advising Form link. After CASing in with your NetID, you’ll see prefills for some of your basic information.

►Students who have already declared a major (and so are advised by the director of undergraduate studies in that major) will encounter a “stop sign,” indicating that they do not need to submit a S-YCA Form.

Complete the form and write a message in the text box to request that your current adviser continue to advise you in your sophomore year, or to ask a faculty member to become your college adviser for your sophomore year.

►Students who plan to switch to a new college adviser are encouraged, as a courtesy, to email their current college adviser with a thank-you.

Click “Submit Form” to proceed with your request. You will receive an email notification when a decision regarding your request has been finalized.
  • If the person you indicate accepts your request, no further action is required 
  • If the person you indicate declines your request, you will be advised to select another college adviser and to submit a new form (advisers most commonly decline because of upcoming leaves of absence or new duties).
Visit the “My Forms” link in the NextGen Dynamic Forms application to view the status of your request(s).

Please also keep in mind that your residential college dean is available to counsel you about selecting a college adviser or about next steps.

Sample language to use in the text box of your sophomore-year college adviser request

  • I enjoyed our advising relationship this year and kindly request that you continue to advise me next year. Are you available? 
  • I was a student in your ___ course and kindly request that you consider becoming my college adviser for my sophomore year. Are you available?
  • I am a potential ___ major, and kindly request that you consider becoming my college adviser for my sophomore year. Are you available?

For technical assistance

For technical assistance with the college advising request form, please contact or

For questions about advising in the sophomore year, please contact your residential college dean (students) or email (students and advisers).

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