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Advising Frequently Asked Questions

What services does the Academic Advising office provide?
What can I expect from an Academic Advising appointment?
Do I need to meet with an Advisor every semester to register?
What don't Academic Advisors do?
How do I choose a degree or certificate program?
What are Developmental Studies courses?
How do I declare my major?
What should I do if I can't decide which degree or certificate program to choose right now?
What is a credit hour?
How many credit hours are considered "full time?"
What is the maximum number of credit hours I may take in one semester?
What do "prerequisite" and "corequisite" mean?
What is "Add/Drop"?
What does it mean to "Withdraw" from a course?
How will a "W" affect my transcript?
What do "academic probation," and "academic suspension" mean?

What services does the Academic Advising office provide?
The Academic Advising office provides students and potential students with an on-campus resource of academic advice and support, degree and course planning, and registration assistance. Students can make an appointment through arapahoe.edu or walk-in to the Advising office to meet with an Academic Advisor. For additional information, please contact the Advising office at 303.797.5664 or email advising@arapahoe.edu

What can I expect from an Academic Advising appointment?

  • Registration instructions
  • Discussion about your degree or certificate program and your academic goals
  • Discussion of ACCUPLACER test results
  • Resource and referral information
  • Review of courses taken at ACC and transferred to ACC
  • A conversation with an Advisor about your degree progress

Do I need to meet with an Advisor every semester to register?
You are not required to meet with an Advisor prior to registering for classes. However, meeting with an Advisor can help to ensure that you achieve your educational and professional goals in a timely and cost-effective manner. Even if you schedule a short appointment to confirm that you are preparing to register for the correct courses, your time will not be wasted. It is better to be safe than sorry!

What don't Academic Advisors do?
Advisors do not tell students which courses to take, choose a major for students, follow up with students on a daily basis, or register students into their classes.

How do I choose a degree or certificate program?
Degree and certificate programs can be chosen based on a personal or professional interest. If you are not sure which degree or certificate program to begin, schedule an appointment with an Advisor to review your options. If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university an Advisor can help you choose the degree program that will best fit your educational goals.

What are Developmental Studies courses?
Developmental Studies courses provide students with rapid skill development to help them be successful in college. These courses are for students who have not been in school recently; want help with reading, writing and math; want to build confidence; or upgrade workforce skills.

How do I declare my major?
You can declare your major through the "Major Change Form" on your Student tab in logo of myACC.

What should I do if I can't decide which degree or certificate program to choose right now?
If you are undecided about a degree or certificate program, meet with an Academic Advisor to review the courses that will best meet your goals. Meeting with an Academic Advisor can help you plan your courses so that you do not delay your graduation from ACC or transfer to another institution.

What is a credit hour?
A credit hour is a measure of completed college work. Usually colleges give one credit hour for each hour of class time spent during the week. For example, MAT 121 (College Algebra) is a 4-credit course, therefore, you can expect to spend approximately 4 hours per week in your MAT 121 course. The more credits a course is worth, the more time and focus you can expect to spend on that class.

How many credit hours are considered "full time?"
Twelve credits or more in a semester is considered full time.

What is the maximum number of credit hours I may take in one semester?
You may register for no more than 18 credits per semester. You can petition to register for more than 18 hours in one semester by submitting a "Petition for Course Overload" form, to an Academic Advisor.

What do "prerequisite" and "corequisite" mean?

  • A "prerequisite" is a course you must complete before registering for certain courses. For example, PSY 101 (General Psychology I) is pre-requisites for PSY 235 (Human Growth and Development). Pre-requisites are identified in the Course Descriptions section of the College Catalog.
  • A "corequisite" is a course you must complete at the same time you are taking another course. You must sign up for both courses in the same semester if a co-requisite is listed. Co-requisites are identified in the Course Descriptions section of the College Catalog.

How do I know how many credits I should take per semester?
Generally, the answer depends on how much time you have outside of class to devote to your schoolwork. For every one credit hour you are enrolled in, you can expect to spend 1.5 – 2 hours per week outside of class working on material for that class. For example, for a three credit course you should expect to commit 4.5 – 6 hours per week to that class in addition to the regularly schedule class time. If you work full-time and/or have children to care for, you should make allowances in your weekly schedule to accommodate your out-of-class commitments. It is recommended that you meet with an Academic Advisor when selecting courses to ensure that you are creating a balanced schedule.

What is "Add/Drop"?
This term refers to adding or dropping a class to your current schedule of classes. You may Add or Drop a course during the first 15% of the course term. Please refer to the College Catalog for additional information about adding or dropping a class.

What does it mean to "Withdraw" from a course?
You can Withdraw from a class after 15% of the class term has been completed and before 80% of the class term has passed. You can Withdraw from a course through logo of myACC.  A "W" grade will appear on your transcript for all official withdrawals. Refunds are not given for Withdrawals.

How will a "W" affect my transcript?
Withdrawing from a class will not affect your GPA. Instead of receiving a grade for the course, a "W" will be listed on your ACC transcript.

What do "academic probation" and "academic suspension" mean?
If you have completed at least 13 cumulative credit hours at ACC you must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Transfer credits from other institutions will not be calculated in the GPA. A cumulative GPA lower than 2.0 means you will be on "academic probation".

While on academic probation, you must maintain a minimum semester GPA of 2.0 based on hours completed for EACH semester of attendance. If you fall below the 2.0 semester GPA for any semester while on probation you will be placed on "academic suspension". If you are placed on academic suspension, all classes for which you are registered in future semester(s) will be dropped.

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