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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:
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.
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.
Under 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 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.