The purpose of Academic Advising is to assist students in their academic endeavors. Assistance with program and course selection is provided by faculty, counselors, and academic advisors. Students can review program requirements, degree completion status, and transfer options by working with a counselor or academic advisor.
Academic Advisement Suggestions
Students are encouraged to do the following to help themselves in the process of receiving good academic advisement:
Establish a goal for yourself at Richland Community College. This may be an associates degree to transfer to a four-year college, a certificate to gain employment, courses to improve skills for a promotion, or study to develop writing or math competence. Students without goals are difficult to advise.
Research careers to find one appropriate for you. This research should include reference books and computers in Career Services, speaking with Richland Community College staff familiar with a variety of occupations, and meeting with employers at their work sites to observe jobs of interest. Students who can avoid frequently changing their career goal will find their academic advisement to be more consistent.
Identify the four-year college to which you plan to transfer. As with careers, students who frequently change their choice of senior colleges will create complications in academic advisement. Different four-year colleges have different course requirements, even within the same major.
Select an advisor with whom you are comfortable and confident. Students who change advisors without regard to their familiarity with your background and career goal may receive inconsistent academic advisement. If you are satisfied with an advisor, stay with that person throughout your years at Richland Community College. Learn more about choosing an advisor.
Make academic advisement a priority. Advisement should not be viewed as an obstacle to overcome the day before classes begin. Students should meet with their advisor on a regular basis to discuss their academic or career issues. Advanced planning with your advisor may allow you to avoid problems, such as closed classes, non-transferable courses, or graduation delay. Academic advisement is an important part of attending college, and should be treated as such.
Contact Academic Advising
Walk in the Student Success Center in C129. This is located directly to the right of the main campus entrance off of parking lot B.
Call (217) 875-7211, ext. 267 to schedule an appointment or to speak with a counselor or advisor.
Submit a Request Academic Advising form online and an advisor will contact you.
Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.