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The Center for Student Success
The Center for Student Success is committed to helping students successfully transition to Georgia College. The Center focuses much of its attention on first-year and second-year academic advisement. We offer assistance that is intended to provide all students quality advisement through the Core Curriculum and academic tutoring services to assist students in making sound choices about majors and career directions.

The Center for Student Success is committed to the smooth transition and the academic success of all undergraduate students at Georgia College.  Students are able to experience centralized advising in Lanier Hall, located in the middle of the Academic Square. With professional advisors located in one building and representing every major, students can receive guidance in a one-stop setting.  The average student changes majors three or four times before finalizing his/her decision. For this reason, a centralized advising experience enables students to make the most of their time while talking to the appropriate qualified professionals. Our professional advisors also teach or support many of the freshman “First Year Academic Seminars” which increases the amount of contact between advisor and student.

Advising Mission Statement
Advising sessions are required for incoming first-year students and new transfer students. In addition, academic advisors and students shall meet to review the student's degree progress by the completion of 30, 60, and 90 earned credit hours.

Advising at Georgia College is a shared responsibility between students, faculty and staff. Through a network of resources and support, students communicate with advisors to obtain information and guidance aimed at the student's successful completion of degree requirements and preparation for post baccalaureate opportunities. An inherent goal of the advising process is for students to gain self understanding that will inform their decisions regarding academic, career and life goals.

Learning Outcomes and Goals
As a result of the academic advising experience at Georgia College, students should:

  • Know the general education or core curriculum requirements
  • Know about academic support services
  • Know how to use the student information system (PAWS) to self register
  • Know how to use the online catalog
  • Be able to generate their degree audit using DegreeWorks
  • Be able to make and keep advising appointments
  • Be able to ask for help
  • Be able to access course descriptions and degree requirements using the online catalog

Policy Requiring Mandatory Advising Meeting for Students
All undergraduate students at GC are assigned an academic advisor prior to the start of their first semester of enrollment.

Students who have declared a major are assigned an advisor in the discipline of the declared major. Students who have not yet declared a major are assigned an academic advisor through the Advising Center. Advising meetings between students and advisors are mandatory for first year students and new transfer students. Students are expected to meet with their advisors prior to each semester's registration, and meetings with advisors to review degree progress are required for all students after 30, 60, and 90 credit hours earned. Advisors are responsible for documenting when such advising meetings take place.

Contact Information
Georgia College & State University
Center for Student Success
Campus Box 115
Phone: (478) 445-2361

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