Academic advising is an on-going and intentional process of meeting with a counselor to achieve academic success through guided and constructive discussion, degree and career exploration, evaluating skills and strengths, selection of coursework based on ACT/Compass placement test, program advising, academic planning, transfer program planning, decision making and problem solving.
If personal problems and concerns are impacting your academic performance and success, your counselor can address those concerns during your appointment. Additionally, an academic advising appointment may lead to referrals to other needed resources on or off campus.
What a counselor CANNOT do
You are expected to
- Know why you have scheduled an appointment with a counselor
- If possible, bring transcripts (official or unofficial) from any other college or university you have attended (if transcript evaluation has not been completed)
- Think about or write down your specific questions ahead of time
- Be prepared to discuss your academic goals and obstacles, if any
- Plan to arrive on time, if not early, as academic advising appointments are only 30 minutes. If you are 15 minutes or more late, you will need to reschedule your appointment.
- Choose, declare or change my major?
- Calculate/raise my GPA?
- Determine the number of credits I should take each semester?
- Know when I have fulfilled the requirements to graduate?
- Go for tutoring?
- Go for testing services?
- Find course transfer equivalencies?
- The difference between a “go to work” degree and a “transfer” degree?
- The difference between the curriculum guides and course equivalencies guides? And which one should I use?
- Help me identify my career interests?
- Help me with my study skills, time management, goal setting and test taking methods?
- I talk to if I have a learning disability?
- Make sure I'm taking the right courses?
- Assist me with my writing?
- Help me when personal struggles interfere with my academic success?
How do I
Where do I
Counselors are available at both campuses