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Academic Advising

Academic Advisors are here to help you navigate your transition to college and your first few semesters while at College of Lake County.  We can help you make sure you are pursuing a program that matches your goals and that you enroll in the right courses to meet your program’s requirements.

An advisor will assist you with:

  • exploring CLC programs, degrees and certificates
  • understanding specific degree requirements
  • choosing or changing your degree plan
  • selecting classes and planning your class schedule
  • setting educational goals
  • solving academic problems
  • accessing campus resources

Counselors provide academic advising to students who are further along in their studies and also to students who need specific academic guidance. Counselors work with you to help choose your major, select classes, prepare for transfer, develop success strategies, meet academic proficiencies and achieve and maintain good academic standing.

Advising at CLC

CLC advisors and students explain the importance of seeking assistance from advisors while at CLC.

When Is Academic Advising Required?

You are required to receive academic advisement at certain points in your career as a CLC student:

  • If you are a recent high school graduate; you are required to meet with an academic advisor during a New Student Orientation Advisement Session.
  • If you are a continuing student who has reached the 35 credit hour mark; this serves as a checkpoint to review your progress and make sure you are on track to transfer and/or graduate.

When is Academic Advising Recommended?

It is a good idea to see an advisor before registering for a new semester.  Seeing an advisor will keep you from choosing the wrong classes or program for your goals.

Advising is also recommended for students interested in using credit for prior learning to demonstrate proficiencies for certain courses through national exams, challenge exams or credential review.

Be prepared for your advisement meetings

In order to make the most of your advising meeting, we highly recommend preparing ahead of time. To prepare:

  • Take a look at degree and certificate programs or the CLC catalog. Pay special attention to requirements for majors or certificates you're thinking about pursuing.
  • Bring your catalog with you to your advising meeting.
  • Come up with a list of questions and topics you’d like to discuss in your meeting.
  • Let your advisor know why you'd like to meet. Letting them know what you'd like to go over can help them better prepare to meet with you.

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