Welcome Students!

We are glad you are here! We want to ensure your strategic success through Advising Services to assist you in reaching your academic goals. Advising is a process in which advisor and advisee enter a dynamic relationship respectful of the student's concerns. "Ideally, the advisor serves as teacher and guide in a partnership aimed at enhancing the student's self-awareness and fulfillment of his degree program." O'Banion, T. (1972) After completing all admissions requirements students (first time freshmen and transfer students with less than 24 transfer credits) should register to attend a new student orientation and make a first time student general advising appointment. Registration for first semester classes will occur during the general advising appointment. Appointments can be made through Navigate.

Returning and transfer students with more than 24 transfer credits should have an assigned advisor. If no advisor is assigned students should check with the division office of your declared major. After classes begin all degree or certificate seeking students will have a specific assigned academic advisor. To find the name and contact information of the assigned advisor, log into ChargerNet and:

  • Click “Student” tab in green shaded area.
  • Click “My Advisor” button under Student Services.
  • Choose current term.
  • Identify “Primary Advisor” (If an advisor is not listed after three weeks of classes please contact the division office of your major)

As part of the advising process students are responsible for:

  • checking their Columbia State student email regularly (individual class email may be separate).
  • scheduling appointments when required or needed with an advisor.
  • knowing important dates such as priority registration, schedule adjustment periods, financial aid deadlines, drop/withdrawal, etc.
  • consulting with an advisor or instructor for referrals to college resources if experiencing academic difficulty.
  • knowing the graduation requirements for their major and transfer institution if applicable.
  • satisfying all requirements for degree completion and graduation.
Educational decisions are ultimately the student's responsibility. However, it is important for every student to receive academic advising to ensure the best possible choices are made. New students must complete all admissions requirements and complete Right Start orientation during which they will meet with an advisor and register for classes.
How to Make an Advising Appointment
Watch this video to see how easy it is to make an appointment for advising through Navigate.
Make an Appointment
It is the policy of Columbia State Community College to comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which is designed to protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable educational records of students
Learn more about FERPA
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Advising Questions

What is a credit hour?
What is a full-time load?
How many classes should I take if I work?
May I take a course overload (more than 19 credit hours)?
How much time do I need to study?
What is a prerequisite?
What is a corequisite?
What does audit mean?
How many courses should I take in a summer semester?
Why should I contact my advisor?
How do I know my advisor's name?
What if I'm undecided?
How do I know what courses I lack for graduation?
How will I know if my classes will transfer?
What if I change my major?


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