Centralized Advising

The Academic Advising Center is committed to the smooth transition and the academic success of all 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 or 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 the First-Year Academic Seminars, which increases the amount of contact between advisors and students.

Registration Periods

Students should note that while advising can occur at any point during the year, the registration period for classes usually occurs around the midpoint of the semester and lasts for approximately one month. During that time, students can go online and register themselves for classes, but first they must meet with their academic advisor to plan coursework for the upcoming semester. After this meeting, the Advisor Hold will be lifted from the student’s record, allowing him or her to register for classes once the registration period begins.

Generally, seniors and graduate students have first access to the registration system for the first day of the registration period, then the process opens on a rolling basis during the remainder of the first week for juniors through freshmen. Specific dates for each semester are available on the Academic Calendars.

A final opportunity for schedule adjustment occurs during the first five days of the new term — a period referred to as Add/Drop Week. Schedule adjustments made during this five-day period have no bearing on the number of attempted hours on official transcripts or for the HOPE Scholarship. Should a student elect to drop a course after the five-day period, however, these hours are considered attempted hours, will be counted toward eligibility for the HOPE Scholarship, and will be recorded on the student’s transcript with a grade of W. Also, it is important to note that students may only drop a course (outside of the initial five-day Add/Drop period) to get a W a total of five times during their academic career at Georgia College.