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Academic Advising

Are You Ready for Advisement and Registration?

Whether you are a new or returning student to us, please read this important information so you are familiar with how advising and registration processes work at CCC. 

Academic advising is an extremely important part of your student career at CCC and is integrated at all levels of your progress towards your degree, diploma or certificate with caring staff and faculty who want to see you succeed. Our goal is to see each of you walk across that stage for graduation!

Our Advising Center is staffed with professional advisors and success coaches who specialize in helping you with first-year course selection, degree planning and helping you make connections to our many college resources. Follow these steps:

1. If you haven't already done so, be sure you have applied for admission to the college, completed your residency information, AND have either taken or have been exempted from the placement test if English or Math is in your program of study. Student Services can tell you more about whether you will be exempt from testing. They may be reached at 704-669-4081.

2. Please be sure that you have completed New Student Orientation

Am I assigned an academic advisor?

Students with less than 24 earned credit hours at CCC who have declared a program of study for a two-year degree, a diploma, or a certificate will be assigned to a professional success coach/advisor from the Advising Center and will have an advising hold placed on their registration each semester until meeting or communicating with an advisor.  This is to ensure that you are taking the right courses, in sequence, and provide you with any important changes or updates to your courses and program of study. During this time, students will complete a semester plan. Advisors will assist in the planning of a student’s program. 

After which, students with 24 or more credit hours earned at CCC will be assigned a faculty advisor from the student’s primary major/degree program. NOTE to Visiting Students: Students who declare their program of study as Special Credit/Non-Degree Seeking (VISITING) students will be assigned to Dr. Kay Ray as their advisor. Special Credit students do not have an advising hold on their registration accounts. If you think you may have applied to a degree program in error and need to change your program of study to Special Credit, please contact Student Services at 704-669-4081.

As students earn credit hours or change majors at CCC, assigned advisors change as well! Regularly check your MyCleveland account to determine your assigned advisor.

NOTE: There are some exceptions for advising and advisor assignments for new students: For example, students enrolled or applying into Cosmetology, Esthetics, Basic Law Enforcement Training, Fire Protection Technology, Officially accepted Nursing (ADN, LPN and Advanced Placement students), Officially accepted Radiography students, Officially accepted Surgical Technology students ALL have an assigned faculty advisor instead of an advisor from the Advising Center, Early College High School Students, and College and Career Promise (CCP) Students will be advised by the ECHS or Student Services, and not the Advising Center.


Who is my academic advisor?

Academic Advisor Directory

Advisor assignments are assigned weekly once a student has applied for admission. The assignment is based on the student's intended major or degree program. If students change their major, it's likely their assigned advisor will change as well. In addition, as students earn credits at CCC, advisor assignments will also change to faculty advisors. These assignments are located in your student MyCleveland account or in Aviso. If you do not have an assigned advisor, please visit the Advising Center and we will be sure to assign you an advisor.

Where is the Advising Center and when are you open?

The Advising Center is located on the first floor of the Student Activities Center, Room 1148 (across from the Student Gym). Click on our Hours of Operation link to access the current semesters' hours.  Hours of Operation

Do I need an appointment for advising?

Appointments are highly encouraged to ensure an advisor is available to meet with you and help you plan your program of study. Each advisor has a large caseload of students to see and meet with, and each student is important. We highly suggest that you make an advising appointment by using the Calendly link for scheduling advising appointments. To do so, click on the Academic Advisor Directory to access these appointment calendar links. Email addresses for all advisors are also located on the Academic Advisor Directory and in your MyCleveland account. Due to the high volume of students and the quality of advising services, advising over the phone is not an option. Special Credit/Non-Degree seeking students should contact Dr. Kay Ray ( after completing the admissions processes for assistance.)

When should I contact my advisor?

New students and some returning students will need to complete New Student Orientation before advising and registration occurs. You may contact your advisor at any time during the semester, but advising appointments should happen one to two months before registration for the next semester. Ideally, you should see your advisor at least once every fall and spring semester in order to plan upcoming semesters, verify your academic plan, and address any academic concerns or questions you may have. Not contacting your advisor, failing to keep appointments with your advisor, and not preparing for registration, are all examples of poor academic planning. Keeping up with academic advising and planning sessions with your advisor is just as important as keeping up with your school work!

What should I bring to my advising meeting?

When meeting with your advisor, you should identify a list of courses to take over the next semester or two. We want you to begin becoming familiar with the courses and requirements in your intended program of study. All College Transfer students should try to determine the university and the major you will consider for transfer prior to your advisor meeting. Visit our Virtual Transfer Center for great resources!

Isn’t advising and registration the same thing?

Registration is oftentimes confused with advising but advising and registration are not the same. Advising is degree planning and is what will make you certain to stay on track with your goals.  Registration is the act of signing up for classes in order to pay tuition and fees. (Students who register for classes must also pay for classes, typically on the same day. Students should verify that any financial aid or scholarships have been officially awarded before registering for classes.)

Anything else that can help me as I prepare for college at CCC?

The Student Guide to CCC introduces students to the resources, tools, and information available at Cleveland Community College. Much of the information in this guide is also found in the Academic Bulletin & Student Handbook. This Student Guide supplements the information already published; it does not take the place of it.

We look forward to helping you plan your academic journey!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:28:54 AM