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What Do You Need To Know About Advising?

What is an academic advisor?
According to the South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center (SC TRAC) , "An academic advisor is a professional at a college or university who assists students in making choices concerning what courses to take, when to take them (sequence), how many credits it is advisable to take (course load), what major to pursue, and so forth." Your advisor serves as a guide and liaison to help you achieve your educational goals. You can expect your advisor to be:

  • Helpful
  • Knowledgeable
  • Honest
  • Encouraging
  • Available
  • Responsive
  • Professional

What if I am assigned a Developmental Studies advisor?
If your placement test scores indicate that you must complete a reading course (RDG 032 or RDG 100), you may be assigned a Developmental Studies (DS) advisor in addition to your academic program advisor, depending on your major. Your DS advisor will assist you with choosing a class schedule and registering for classes while you require a reading course. After you have completed your reading course(s), you should see your academic program advisor for help with choosing classes, registering for classes, and understanding your program's requirements.

How can my academic advisor help me?
Your academic advisor helps you by:

  • Assisting you with your selection of courses to create a class schedule
  • Ensuring your accurate placement in courses
  • Registering you in appropriate courses
  • Explaining the collegeís policies and procedures
  • Providing information about the collegeís resources and support services
  • Helping you understand program requirements and set educational goals
  • Helping you find solutions to academic problems

What should I do before meeting with my advisor?

  • Review the TTC Catalog for the required curriculum in your program of study and a recommended sequence of courses. Choose classes to meet the requirements of your program of study. Remember that you must complete any required pre-requisite courses.
  • Review the On Course booklet (available at various locations on each campus) for the semester in which you plan to take classes. On Course includes a schedule of courses for the designated semester. In addition, On Course provides an Academic and Financial Aid Calendar, a Registration and Payment Calendar, and information about applying for financial aid, paying your tuition, registering for classes, and services the college offers.
  • Determine your preferred class days and times by consulting the On Course listings.
  • Create a tentative class schedule, including alternate class choices.
  • Bring any necessary paperwork, such as test scores or unofficial transcripts, to your meeting with your academic advisor.
  • If you have attended another regionally accredited college, have your official transcripts sent to the TTC Registrarís Office for evaluation well in advance of the semester in which you plan to begin TTC courses. If you have copies of your unofficial transcripts, bring them with you when you meet with your advisor.

What do I do while meeting with my advisor?

  • Listen carefully to what your advisor says. Ask questions about anything you donít understand.
  • Avoid distractions. Itís best not to bring children, friends, or relatives to the advising session if you can help it. Donít take phone calls or send or receive text messages while meeting with your advisor.
  • Let your advisor know about your educational goals and future plans.
  • Tell your advisor about scheduling constraints, such as work or family responsibilities.
  • Tell your advisor about any possible conflicts or obstacles to your academic success.
  • Review your printed class schedule with your advisor before you leave.
  • Ask questions. Your advisor is there to help you on the road to your educational goals. Help your advisor help you by being proactive and taking responsibility for your educational pursuits.

What can my academic advisor not help me with?
Generally, your advisor will not assist you with the following issues:  

  • Financial aid questions. Contact the Financial Aid Office for help with any questions pertaining to financial aid.
  • Disabilities/accommodations for disabilities
  • Withdrawing from classes
  • Writing petitions for late withdrawal from classes
  • Writing academic suspension appeals

If you have questions or need help with any of these issues, your advisor will be able to direct you to the appropriate person or department to receive the assistance you need.

Registration, late registration, and drop/add
Try to meet with your advisor during the online and in-person registration time, which takes place over a number of weeks each semester. Schedules can be found on the Registration and Payment Calendars or in On Course. Students who register for the following semester's classes during the online and in-person registration period usually have a wide range of choices for class meeting days/times. Keep in mind that academic advisors may not be available at all times during the online and in-person registration period, such as during exam periods, holidays or Maymester.

Regular registration and late registration occur during the week before classes begin. Drop/add takes place during the first week of classes. If you register for classes during these times, you may not be able to consult with your assigned academic advisor. Some divisions assign their academic advisors to advising duty times during registration, late registration, and the drop/add period. Students who register or change classes during these periods will meet with an ďon dutyĒ advisor.

It is in your best interest to register for the next semesterís courses during the online and in-person registration time, rather than waiting until registration day or later. The registration, late registration, and drop/add times are very busy, and students often have to wait in line to meet with an on-duty advisor to register for classes. Also, many classes are full, which means students who register during these times may not be able to get an ideal schedule of classes or may not be able to get into some classes at all.

What if I donít have an advisor assigned?
Contact Orientation.

Do I have to meet with my advisor to register for classes?

How do I know what classes will transfer?
Transfer of specific courses depends upon the college or university to which you will transfer as well as your major within that school. See which courses will transfer to other state colleges and universities at

How do I find out my advisorís name and contact number?
Look in your TTC Express account, under ďMy Profile.Ē

What if I donít meet with my advisor during the priority registration period?
What is the difference between online and in-person registration, regular registration, late registration, and drop/add? Go to

What is the difference between Drop/Add and Withdrawal?

What if I miss the deadline for Last Day to Withdraw with a W?
Go to

What do I need to know about when I need to pay my tuition? 

What happens if I do not pay my tuition by the due date?
When you register for the upcoming semester, you are required to pay the balance due on your account by the published payment due date. If you enrolled during the Priority Registration period and your classes were removed for nonpayment, you may not be able to re-enroll until final registration day. There is no guarantee that you will be able to re-enroll in the original course sections that you selected. Failure to pay the balance due by the published payment due date will result in your removal from all enrolled courses.


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