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Academic Advising

If you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university, work with an advisor to develop a plan to meet your academic goals.
Knowing the career path you want to take can make it easier to decide which courses and programs are right for you. Visit your college's Career Center to get help charting your future.
If you are placed on scholastic probation, your advisor can help you develop a plan to raise your GPA. Read the catalog for more information about scholastic probation/suspension.
If you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university, work with an advisor to develop a plan to meet your academic goals.
Knowing the career path you want to take can make it easier to decide which courses and programs are right for you. Visit your college's Career Center to get help charting your future.
If you are placed on scholastic probation, your advisor can help you develop a plan to raise your GPA. Read the catalog for more information about scholastic probation/suspension.
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All students entering college for the first time are required to meet with an advisor. Advisement sessions are scheduled after you have completed assessment testing.

If you are a returning student, it's important to build a relationship with an academic advisor. He or she can help you create a plan and find information that will help you achieve your academic goals.

You may already know that your advisor can help you select courses and plan your class schedule. But an advisor can assist you in other ways, too. He or she can help you:

  • Learn how to complete the registration process
  • Choose the program of studydegree or certificate offered at one of the colleges of DCCCD that will best meet your goals, or learn about possible majors offered by four-year colleges and universities
  • Select classes that will transfer to the college of your choice
  • Learn about other sources of information and assistance, such as tutoring services
  • Develop time management skills
  • Create a plan for raising your GPA if you are on scholastic probation

Want to learn more about a special academic program at your college, such as nursing? Most colleges have an advisor with expert knowledge about special programs.

Meeting With an Advisor

Academic advisors are available to meet with you throughout the year – not just at registration time. For many students, academic advising is done on a walk-in basis. You may also contact your college Advising/Counseling Center to schedule an appointment.

Especially during peak advising times (just before and during registration), it's best to meet with an advisor in person or send your questions by email. Although you may make an appointment by phone, telephone advising is not available.

Before Your Advising Appointment

  • If you are a new student, complete assessment testing if required.
  • Read your college catalog. Be familiar with the courses and requirements for your degree plan.
  • Look through the class schedule to get an idea of courses you might want to take.

Stop Before You Drop

Under a new Texas law (TEC Section 51.907), if you drop too many classes without having an acceptable reason, your GPA could be affected. Be sure you understand how this law may affect you before you drop a class.

The new law applies to students who enroll in a Texas public institution of higher education (including a college in the DCCCD system) for the first time in fall 2007 or later. Under this law, you may not drop more than six classes without an acceptable reason during your entire undergraduate career without penalty.

For more information, please see our catalog or read Facts About Dropping Classes. Your academic advisor can also answer questions about this law and how it may affect you.