academic advising

Advising Matters

Advising Mission Statement:

Our mission is to advise students as they explore and plan their academic, career, and life goals.

Advisors help students develop a meaningful educational path, compatible with their goals, and support student learning and success. Consideration of each student as a unique individual with unique needs is recognized as the foundation of our advising program. We approach advising as a collaborative effort between the student and advisor.

Middlesex Community College advisor meeting with a student.

Student & Advisor Expectations:

Academic advisors guide students in determining possible careers, majors, and course offerings, with careful attention to institutional policies and degree requirements. Effective advising also assists students in identifying available internal and external resources that will have a positive impact on their experience at Middlesex Community College.

Students are expected:

  • To reflect on their academic, career, and life goals
  • To reach out and connect to their advisor/Program Coordinator in the first semester
  • To review General Education and program degree requirements
  • To monitor their semester and degree progress, bringing any questions or concerns to the attention of their advisor

Advisors are expected:

  • To help student explore their academic, career, and life goals
  • To counsel students on career, major, course, and transfer options
  • To help students navigate the campus and available resources
  • To ask questions of and listen to the student
  • To reach out to students periodically throughout the semester

Academic Advising Steps at MxCC

In order to register for courses, you must first meet with your academic advisor. Each student is assigned a faculty or professional staff member as their academic advisor. These are the 5 steps needed to complete the advising process:

 

Helpful Links for Students

Middlesex Community College advisor meeting with a new student.

(Faculty & Staff advisors, click here for advising tools)

Location and Contact Information:

Location: Founders Hall, Room 131
Phone: (860) 343-5895
Hours: Monday* – Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm*

*Monday until 6 p.m. during Fall and Spring semester class periods. Extended office hours on Mondays until 6 pm through May 16 and during the month of August.

Advising for Continuing Students

For detailed instructions on advising, see “Academic Advising Steps” on the left.

During the school year, current students planning for the next semester should meet with their program advisor.

During the summer, continuing students should schedule an appointment with the Career Development and Counseling Center by calling 860-343-5826. For walk-in advising, please call 860-343-5826 the day you would like to come to campus to confirm advisor availability.

Advising for New Students

New students who have applied and been accepted to the college and have completed steps 1-5 outlined on the Future Students page and are ready to sign up for classes should attend one of the following advising dates or make an appointment to meet with an advisor.

For Continuing and New Students

Open Registration/Late Evening

For continuing students, as well as new and readmit students, who have completed their application and have been accepted to MxCC. (New Students: get started here.) Students should have their Banner ID number (student ID number) and schedule an Accuplacer appointment (if required) prior to registering. Advisors will be on hand to help choose classes.

January 9, 9am-7pm
January 10, 9am-5pm
Thursday, January 17, 9 am to 7 pm

SUPER SATURDAY

January 12, 9am-3pm

MxCC@PLATT REGISTRATION & ACCUPLACER

January 15, 3-8 p.m.
January 23, 3-8 p.m.

Please note: Students interested in enrolling in classes at MxCC@Platt can also meet with an advisor and register for classes at the main campus in Middletown during any of the above scheduled registration dates.


For New Students

ADVISING By Appointment (NEW Students Only)

January 2019 appointments are booked.
New students should attend an Open Registration date (see above dates) to register for spring 2019 classes.

mxcc.edu/appointments/academic-advising/

Monday–Friday, 9am–3pm

Available to new and readmit students that have completed the following:

  • Applied to MxCC;
  • Submitted required documents;
  • Taken the Accuplacer, have eligible SAT/ACT scores, and/or have college credit and have copies of transcripts with them (unofficial copies are acceptable);
  • Have a financial aid award package in place or are prepared to make payment when registering for classes.

ACCEPTED STUDENT DAYS  (NEW Students Only)

For new and readmit students who have completed their application and have been accepted to Middlesex. (New Students: get started here.) Students should have their Banner ID number (student ID number) and schedule an Accuplacer appointment (if required) prior to participation. Please register with Rebecca Davis (rdavis@mxcc.edu or 860-343-5808) for one of the sessions below.

No upcoming dates

Creating an Academic Plan

Why should I create an Academic Plan and how?

Without a detailed plan you may be taking course that you do not require for degree completion. This can hurt you in several ways. One is simply that it will take longer for you to finish your class work. Another is that a financial aid audit is preformed on your coursework and if it is deemed you have taken too many courses that are not part of a specific degree program, you may lose aid or even have to repay some.
  1. Look through the catalog yourself (online). View the degree programs and their requirements. Select one that best fits your interests and future goals.
  2. Use the graduation checklists to develop a semester-by-semester plan of courses you will take. Be sure to include developmental math or English (if needed) and any pre-requisite courses that may not be listed on the checklists.
  3. Set up a meeting with an academic advisor. All full-time faculty are academic advisors. Even though you are assigned an advisor after your first registration, you can choose any faculty member to be your advisor. Contact your advisor by phone or through e-mail (directory).
  4. When you meet with your advisor, be sure to bring several things with you. First, you should have some idea what it is that you want to do with your degree. Advisors do not choose careers for their advisees; they help their advisees meet their educational goals. Your advisor can go through your initial semester-by-semester plan and help guide you through the completion of your degree.
  5. Follow the plan. Once you have details worked out that consider pre-requisites, recommended course sequences, transfer requirements, and required courses…stick with the plan. You can always change your mind and your major, but if you plan to keep the same degree path, you need to follow this plan and you will successfully complete your coursework.

Academic Advising FAQs