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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 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.
advisor helping student

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.

Your advisor will help you:

  • Develop an educational plan based on your interests and abilities
  • Choose the degree or certificate that best matches your goals, or learn about possible majors offered by four-year colleges and universities
  • Select courses to meet your educational goals, including courses that will transfer
  • Plan your class schedule
  • Learn how to complete the registration process

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.

It's a good idea to meet with an advisor before the beginning of registration for the term you plan to enroll.

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

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 DCCCD) 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 the catalog or read Facts About Dropping Classes. Your academic advisor can also answer questions about this law and how it may affect you.


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