Advising

One of the biggest strengths of Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is our commitment to the success of every individual. Recognizing that engineering and computer science are rigorous courses of study, the college offers several programs focused on addressing the needs of students both inside and outside of the classroom.

In our model, all undergraduates are assigned a student success advisor, a career advisor and a faculty advisor.  This team of advisors works collaboratively to support and mentor students throughout their undergraduate career.

Each advisor coaches students on a different building block of success:

  • Faculty advisors ensure that students understand their discipline and curriculum, assist with course selection, support degree progress, and provide professional development and career advice.
  • Student success advisors focus on the students’ academic success through ongoing outreach, supporting their transition to college, connecting them with resources, and monitoring their progress through Orange Success, our campus-wide advising tool.
  • Career advisors counsel and train students to develop and assess their career skills, ensure job readiness, help them secure internships and jobs, and serve as a liaison to faculty and employers on students’ behalf.

Route 44

  • Route 44
  • Student engagement is a vital aspect of the undergraduate experience. The Route 44 initiative promotes student engagement in ECS through workshops, social events and leadership opportunities.

    Through Route 44, students meet with each of their advisors regularly and earn points for themselves and their team as they unlock achievements and meet milestones that include attending ECS community events, participating in career preparation activities, and making the Dean’s List. Periodically, prize drawings are held for top point earners. A year-end event celebrates student engagement and the winners of Route 44.

    Route 44 – Your Roadmap to Success!  “Destination = Graduation”

     How to earn personal points (contributes annually to team points):

    • Engagement in opportunities to enhance your personal and academic success will result in points earned for the individual and their team
    • A general breakdown of points is listed in the charts below
    • Additional “bonus” points will be offered throughout the year
    • Look for Route 44 events (designated by the Route 44 logo) in the weekly student e-newsletter, computer lab screen savers, and on social media (@lifeinecs)
    Activity Amount of Points
    Attend ECS events throughout the year (designated by the Route 44 logo) 10 points each event (additional 2 points if you submit an event evaluation)
    Complete annual milestones 20 points each milestone
    Make Dean’s List 25 points/semester
    Hold a leadership role (inform your success advisor) 15 points/semester
    Attend Career Fair 20 points
    Reach 100% completion on your Handshake profile 10 points
    Obtain a score of 75 or higher on your VMock resume 10 points
    Utilize peer office hours (view on the ECS Guidebook calendar) 5 points

     

    In addition to personal points, your team can earn points by completing the following:

    Activity Amount of Points
    Invite and have a faculty member participate 25 points/faculty member/event
    Team GPA bonus 5 points per team member with a GPA above 3.0

    Annual Milestones:

    Year 1 Milestones:

    • Meet with your success advisor at least twice/semester
    • Meet with your career advisor
    • Declare your major
    • Earn 50 personal points by participating in various events and activities in the college

    Year 2 Milestones:

    • Meet with your success advisor once/semester
    • Meet with your career advisor
    • Secure a summer professional development opportunity (research, internship) and inform your career advisor via the accepted Summer Experience Survey in Handshake
    • Earn 50 personal points by participating in various events and activities in the college

    Year 3 Milestones:

    • Meet with your career advisor
    • Hold a leadership role (student organization, SSC peer leader, resident advisor, orientation leader, etc.)
    • Secure a summer professional development opportunity (research, internship) and inform your career advisor via the accepted Summer Experience Survey in Handshake
    • Earn 50 personal points by participating in various events and activities in the college

    Year 4 Milestones:

    • Meet with your career advisor once/semester
    • Secure a post-graduation opportunity (full-time job, graduate school) and inform your career advisor via the First Destination Survey in Handshake
    • “Pay It Forward” (i.e., serve as an SSC peer leader, assist with career services events, etc.)
    • Earn 50 personal points by participating in various events and activities in the college