Current Students

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This portion of our website is dedicated to current students planning to continue at the College of Charleston. You'll find information critical to your continued academic success such as the advising syllabus, our advising model, mandatory advising expectations and how to make an appointment among other key topics of importance. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the navigation menu to easily and quickly find the information you’re seeking.

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AAPC Advisor vs. Faculty Advisor

Most first-year students and new transfer students are assigned to an Academic Advisor in the Academic Advising and Planning Center (AAPC) after attending New Student Orientation. First-year students have mandatory advising for two semesters, and new transfer students must be advised during their first semester only if they remain undeclared on a major. Advisors in the AAPC continue working with students until they declare their major. During the mandatory advising period, if a student has a declared major within a department which places advising holds, then the student will be advised by their faculty advisor. The AAPC advisor is still available, however, to help students with general advising issues.

After a student officially declares an academic major, the academic department will assign a faculty advisor to the student. Faculty advisors are positioned to provide information about the majors and minors within that department as well as the career options, internships and volunteer opportunities.

If you are not sure whether someone is your AAPC advisor or your major advisor, check DegreeWorks: each will be listed by name after 'Major Advisor(s)' or 'AAPC Advisor(s) as appropriate.

Mandatory Advising

All new first year students are required to attend academic advising during their first and second semesters at the College of Charleston. If a student's declared major department requires advising, then the student must meet with their faculty advisor. If the student is undeclared or their declared major department does not require academic advising, then the student must meet with their assigned academic advisor in the AAPC. New transfer students must meet with their assigned advisor in the AAPC only if they have not yet declared an academic major.

A Mandatory Advising hold from the Academic Advising and Planning Center (AAPC) prevents you from registering for classes until you meet with your assigned academic advisor in the AAPC. Please note that your AAPC advisor cannot remove advising holds placed by academic departments.


Why You Shouldn't Self-Advise

  1. Your academic advisor is here to teach you how to use internet resources such as DegreeWorks and locate academic planning tools! Wouldn’t it be a good idea to learn these before you even attempt to advise yourself?
  2. The courses your friends are taking may be different from what YOU need to take for your degree.
  3. Getting a second opinion from a professional will do nothing but help you!
  4. Your academic advisor will ask you questions you may not have considered before.
  5. Academic advisors do more than just help you choose classes. They are a wealth of knowledge that can help you find on-campus resources.

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