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Academic Advising

Our Site: Welcome to the Advising Web. We want you to have the resources you need to ask the questions that will open the right doors. Advising tools and resources are grouped into clusters.

Not everyone needs everything, and these do not have to be moved through in this order, but these are the steps and the sequence most students find most helpful.

  1. Apply (get a student ID number)
  2. Fund your Education
  3. Assess Your Skills
  4. Student Orientation to Advising & Registration (SOAR)
  5. Entry Advising - meet one-on-one with an entry advisor
  6. Register for Classes
  7. Buy Books (and other supplies)
  8. Attend (and do well)

Entry Advising

Most Entry Advisors are located in the Advising & Counseling Center. They assist primarily new and first-year students. In addition to general entry advisors, specialty advising is available for students in some programs.

Incoming Transfer Students (New) Unofficial Transcript Evaluation 

For your first term advisors can use unofficial transcripts to help you avoid repeating coursework you have already earned credit for and to help you use prior courses as prerequisites for continuing study. Bring transcripts with you to your advising session. 

Financial Aid Petition for Extension (Aid Beyond Limits)

These plans typically require an appointment to complete, so make sure the advisor you make an appointment with is the right one to help you with your intended program. Bring copies of all transcripts so we can help you avoid repeating courses you already earned credit for. 


Academic Plans help you keep on track, communicate with your advisor, and demonstrate progress. They never are intended as promises or contracts, and even after they are approved we expect you to revisit and update them as needed.


It is important for you (and the college) to know your level of skill and confidence in reading, writing, math, and technology use. Placement scores and transcripts can help identify any parts of your foundation that may need work, and can help advisors steer you toward courses in which you are ready to succeed. 

Advising is required until students have completed 15 credits, until then a meeting with an advisor is required. 

Be prepared to answer a few questions:

  • What is your program of study? If you are undecided, did you schedule an appointment with a counselor for career and major exploration?
  • Who is your faculty advisor?
  • What are you planning to take next term (and how do those courses bring you closer to your goals)?

At the conclusion of your advising sesseion you will be given your randomly assigned PIN from your academic or faculty advisor. After fifteen credits are posted on your transcript or you have an approved academic plan your Global Pin is all you need for registration.

  • Information Sessions
  • General Studies Courses
  • Especially GEN-S 141, Career and Transfer Planning (2 credits) which is explicitly designed to help undecided students research, narrow, and pursue degree and transfer options that align with their goals
  • Faculty Advisors
  • Career Counselors