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Your Advisor

Advisement is more than the simple dispensing of information about degree requirements, policies, and procedures.  It is an interchange between you and your advisor to help plan your academic program and to tailor your academic program to your career goals.  Advisement requires you and your advisor to know where you are in your college education at any time.  The College believes it has a responsibility to provide you with an academic advisor, and to be sure the two of you meet every semester.

Here are the ways to meet your advisor::

Freshmen are required to take an Academic Planning Seminar, as a first step to planning your schedule of classes.  (Students in Delta College, the equivalent course is DCC 100; Educational Opportunity Program, GEP 120 is the equivalent; Honors College students have HON 112.)  The seminar's instructor will be your academic advisor until you choose a major.  Once you declare a major, you will have an advisor from that department.

Transfer students are assigned an advisor from within your major department. Don't forget, these only get assigned when you formally declare your major! So make sure to stop in to either your department or Academic Advisement to fill out the Major Declaration form.  In addition, if you declare a second major, minor, or are accepted into a teacher certification program, you are assigned an advisor from each program. 

  • Your advisor's approval is required for course registration and is demonstrated by a signature on the Undergraduate Advisement Form (for in-person registration) or use of your advisement key number (for web registration) before registering for any course for the succeeding semester.

  • What happens if you choose to take different courses than those you and your advisor have agreed upon? Nothing.  Your advisor is offering advice, not issuing an order.  You have the right to take what you please, provided it does not contradict College policy.  However, it does mean that if you make a misjudgment in your selection, you will have to take full responsibility.

  • What if you don't like your advisor or you don't think you are getting the advice you need?  Think hard about this one.  After careful consideration, if you are convinced that you could benefit by an advisor change, speak with either the department chair or the department's advisement coordinator.  You may have a faculty member in mind, and may feel comfortable making a specific request, provided it was discussed in advance with your intended advisor.


Undecided on a major?

Visit the Office of Career Servicesfor help selecting the right program for you.  Once you have declared a major, you will be assigned an appropriate advisor from your new major department.