Academic advising is central to the mission of Roanoke College. Academic advisors meet individually and in group settings with their first-year students several times each semester, beginning during orientation. Advisors get to know their advisees and provide guidance, especially regarding academic progress and course selection. Advisors often suggest co-curricular and community service activities to encourage students' personal development and involvement in campus culture. Students remain with their initial advisors until they declare majors, usually at some time during the sophomore year. At that time, they are advised by faculty in their major departments. The academic advising of undeclared students is coordinated by the Director of Academic Support Services.