Undergradauate Class Deans are associated with each cohort of Rensselaer students and follow them from sophomore year to graduation. The Dean of the First-Year Experience maintains oversight of all first-year students. As part of CLASS, the Undergraduate Class Deans mentor each cohort by providing information and assistance specific to students’ needs at that particular time during their Rensselaer journey. Specific roles of the Dean's include:
- Academic and personal mentoring
- Class-specific programming
- Collaborations with departments and offices across campus
- Academic departments
- Assistant Deans of the Residential Commons
- Faculty Dean of the Residential Commons
- Student Life offices
- Administrative functions for their cohort including excused absences, withdrawal, leave of absence and readmission
The Deans assist students in crafting a holistic, personal experience spanning their tenure at Rensselaer. By creating connections between student aspirations and the wealth of available opportunities and services, the Deans foster full engagement with Rensselaer and beyond. They intervene with students experiencing personal or academic difficulty through the Electronic Warning System (EWS) and provide intrusive academic and social intervention and support.
All students begin with the Dean of the First-Year Experience. Beginning in the Sophomore year, their Undergraduate Class Dean is introduced and follows them through to graduation. Students are assigned by cohort, i.e. the year they began at Rensselaer, not by the number of credits attained. However, transfer students are assigned based on their class year upon admission.