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Advising is a process that includes collection of information, interpretation of data and dissemination of facts regarding educational programs, courses of instruction, resources, policies, procedures and career options. Together, the student and advisor can discuss educational goals and map out a plan of action that will achieve the student’s academic goals.

Orientation Advising

The first academic advising experience for all students occurs during orientation. Due to time constraints, this session usually consists of a brief general information and course selection. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their assigned faculty advisors early in their first semester for an individualized advising appointment.

Assignment of Advisors

Advisors are initially assigned based on information provided to the college during the admission process. All certificate and degree seeking students are required to speak with an advisor prior to registering. During these sessions, advisors help guide you through the college’s educational requirements, introduce you to pertinent resources, and help you find ways to make your educational experience personally relevant. You are encouraged to regularly seek out advising as you progress toward graduation. Your relationship with your advisor is very important and can many times determine your success as a student.

Your Responsibility as a Student

  • Gather relevant decision-making information, and accept responsibility for decisions
  • Keep your advisor informed about changes in your academic progress and career goals
  • Be familiar with the requirements of your major and keep up to date with changes
  • Understand that your advisor can suggest, recommend and/or remind you of rules and regulations, but that you have the primary responsibility for meeting program and degree requirements
  • Keep in contact with your advisor
  • Observe academic deadlines 

Academic Advising FAQs

Q: How do I know who my advisor is?

A: You may consult your MyNortheast account or you may also contact the Admissions and Records Office (P204) at 423.323.0235 or the Advising Resource Center (C2111) at 423.323.0214.

Q: Can I change my major?

A: Yes, complete a change of major form on the Admissions Forms page.

Q: What is considered a full-time load?

A: A full-time student is defined as one taking 12 or more credit hours per semester.  

Q: How many hours can I take in one semester?

A: Students are able to take up to 19 hours in a given semester. Those wishing to take more than 19 hours must get approval from our Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Q: How do I drop or add a class after registration?

A: Courses may be added only during the first five days of the semester. Courses may be dropped no more than two-thirds into the semester.  Please refer to the schedule of classes for deadline dates.

Q: Can I register for a class that is full?

A: Only the academic dean of that particular area has the right to grant you permission to add a closed class.

Q: What are the requirements for the Honors List?

A: Students passing a minimum of 12 semester hours of college-level coursework during the fall or spring semester at Northeast State with a grade point average of 4.0 will be named to the President’s Academic Honor List. Students earning a 3.5 – 3.99 grade point average will be named to the Vice President’s Academic Honors List.

Q: What is an Internet course?

A: Internet courses offer students the opportunity to complete all or part of the work for a particular course via the Internet. These courses may follow a modified traditional class schedule or may meet only at selected times throughout the semester.  To complete all requirements for these courses, students must be able to access the Internet.

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Northeast State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. For questions or concerns, please contact the Affirmative Action Officer.