Welcome to the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering Class of 2028!

The first year advisor for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science is Jennifer Helmuth. She is located in Packard Laboratory, Room 304, The Undergraduate Learning Office. Her phone number is 610-758-4460. Advising emails should be sent to the undergraduate email account rossinadvise@lehigh.edu.

Please see the Course Registration Guide for summer timeline and checklist.  It can also be accessed through the First Year Student Portal.

Your summer preparation may include purchasing a new computer.  Please see the Library and Technology Services’ (LTS) Computer Recommendations for Students page for all the technical specs.  There are also links to vendor-customized websites for Lehigh student computer purchases.  However, you are not required to purchase through these vendors.

Reasonable expectations of advisors

Your academic advisor is an important part of your transition to university life. Advising at a university like Lehigh is probably different from what you have experienced in high school. Listed below are some reasonable expectations followed by some expectations that are not so reasonable.

Remember that these comments pertain to your academic advisors. Lehigh is abundant with people and offices willing to assist you with many issues; these include Rossin Junior Fellow peer mentors, staff in the Dean of Students Office, the Counseling Center, Gryphons, Career Services, Study Abroad, and RAS (Registration and Academic Services).

You can expect your academic advisor to:

  • Be available during business hours
  • Help you think about issues, but final academic decisions are yours
  • Provide factual information on rules and procedures
  • Refer you to other offices for specialized concerns

You cannot expect your advisor to:

  • Help you with your homework
  • Help you find employment
  • Help with social or residential problems (except to be referred to the appropriate office)
  • Provide day-to-day or week-to-week monitoring of your academic progress

Notes: Schedules, Sessions, Exams, Drop/Add

Examine your schedule, make sure you understand it, and make sure it is correct!

  • Most of you should have Writing, Math, Science, ENGR 005 and some will have ENGR 010. (It is important that when selecting calculus, students are registering for the MATH 021, 022, 023 sequence and NOT the Math 051 and 052 sequence.)

  • Add up your credits; most students should have 14 to 16 credits

  • You may also have 1 credit course(s) (Physics 012 lab, free electives, etc)

Calculus Advising Session - Date, Time & Location TBA

Anticipatory Exams – See the schedule in your Orientation Guide or the Testing Services page of the Center for Academic Success’ website. The deadline to register for Anticipatory Exams is Friday, August 2, 2024, at noon.

If you find you need to add or drop classes after the initial registration period closes on July 26, 2024, you will need your Fall Alternate PIN to access your registration record in Banner. (This is not your Login PIN or LIN/Lehigh ID Number.)

Email us at rossinadvise@lehigh.edu to explain what you need to change in your schedule and to request your Alternate PIN.  We will review your intended changes and email your PIN to you if the changes are appropriate.

Possible reasons for schedule revisions, among others, include:

  • You improved your ALEKS score by retaking the assessment and your Calculus placement has changed;
  • AP scores are received and you now have credit for a course in your schedule; 
  • Dual enrollment courses are approved for transfer credit;
  • You earn credit for a class in your schedule by taking an anticipatory exam.

You may also see your Advisor, Jennifer Helmuth, or anyone on the Academic advising Team after convocation to Add/Drop courses.  However, we hope the majority of students have finalized their schedules prior to arriving on campus.

*Note: Academic office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:15am - 4:45pm and are not open on the weekend.

First Year Orientation Activities

Every year, the Rossin College will host events and provide opportunities specifically to help students make the transition to college.  Whether it be our Welcome Convocation or getting matched with a peer mentor – be on the lookout for emails and announcements related to the Rossin College and your first year of engineering!

Tips for Success

Time management: it’s important! Make a calendar, set reminders, use planning and note taking tools that work for you, find support, make a personalized schedule to help you prioritize academics and make time for fun too!

Study Skills: How to study? In a group or alone? Study smart, improve test taking skills. See the Center for Academic Success for tips and workshops.

Physical well being: Sleep, health, fitness and exercise - activities outside the classroom are important!

Experiential Learning can be a key to engagement