Academic Advising

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. Ultimately, students are responsible for making decisions regarding their education.

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 advisor and a Guided Pathways Advisor (staff advisor). Students can meet with one or both of their assigned advisors. These are the five 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 132
Phone: 860-343-5826 
Spring Hours:
Monday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

MxCC@Platt: Monday through Thursday, 2:30–7:30 p.m.

To schedule an appointment with your Guided Pathways Advisor:
To schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor, please email them. Search for individual faculty email addresses in our employee directory.

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 performed 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.


Advising for Continuing Students

Continuing students should use the instructions on our “How to Register as a Continuing Student” page to register for classes.

How to Register as a Continuing Student

For New Students



FOCUS is an online, self-paced career and education planning tool for use by college students. FOCUS will enable you to self assess your interests, values, skills, and personality and explore careers and majors that are most compatible with your assessment results. Current MxCC students interested in using FOCUS should contact their Guided Pathways Advisor to set up an appointment.

First Time FOCUS users
Returning FOCUS users


Need to Send Us a Document?

MxCC students may now upload documents to a secure user portal for Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, and Registrar offices. To access, use your Connecticut Community College account to login and then choose Middlesex Community College.

Need help? Download the User Guide Adobe Acrobat PDF File

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