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.
The Center for Student Success is committed to the smooth transition and the academic success of all first-year and second-year 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 just about 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.
*Due to unique aspects of our Music, Music Therapy and Outdoor Education programs, new students in those majors will be advised by faculty members in those departments. If an incoming student is not informed regarding his/her advisor assignment, he or she should contact the Advising Center in Lanier Hall.
Students and advisors should note that while advisement can occur at any point during the term, the registration period for classes usually occurs around the mid-point of the semester and continues until the end of the Drop/Add period. During that time students can go online and register for classes, provided they have met with their academic advisor to plan coursework for the upcoming term and had the advisor hold lifted from their file.
Traditionally, seniors and graduate students have access to the registration system for the first few days of the registration period, then the process opens on a rolling basis during the remainder of the first week for juniors through freshmen.
Final opportunities for schedule adjustment occur during the first five days of the new term in a period referred to as Drop/Add. Schedule adjustments made during this five-day period have no bearing on the number of attempted hours for the HOPE scholarship, but may have implications on the student's invoice. Should a student elect to drop a course after the five-day period, however, these hours are considered attempted hours and will be counted toward assessment of eligibility for the HOPE scholarship. Along this same topic, it is important to note that students may only drop a course (outside of the initial five-day Drop/Add period) a total of five (5) times during their academic career at Georgia College.
Georgia College & State University
Center for Student Success
Campus Box 115