Open registration for the Parkland College Spring Semester 2016 is now officially underway! All degree-seeking students who have earned less than 30 credit hours are required to be advised before they can register for classes. Please note that earned credit hours do not include hours in which students are currently enrolled.
Additionally, all students on academic probation, returning from academic suspension, returning from academic dismissal, and enrolled in certain programs are also required to be advised before registering regardless of hours earned.
Some general academic advising guidelines:
- If you are enrolled in or enrolling in CCS 098, see a Student Development Advocate in the Center for Academic Success (CAS) in D120.
- If you are enrolled in an AAS or certificate career program, you should consult your faculty program advisor or department chair. In many programs, your advising will be done right through your department! If not, see an advisor in the Counseling and Advising Center in U267 or an advisor in CAS.
- Certain departments or academic areas generally advise all their students. This includes the Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) Department, the Engineering Science and Technologies (EST) Department, the Division of Health Professions ( for students who are actually in or have been accepted to one of their programs), and new for the Spring 2016 semester, the Fine and Applied Arts (FAA) Department.
- Most transfer students should seek advising from the Counseling and Advising Center or from the academic advisor in CAS. Some exceptions to this would be FAA majors and Agriculture majors, who should contact their program directors.
- New degree-seeking students will receive their advising after attending a Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) session.
- Students not seeking a degree or certificate and most students who are in good standing and have earned at least 30 hours of credit are not required to be advised. Students in Health Professions programs must see a faculty program advisor regardless of the number of credit hours they have earned.
NOW is the time to get advised so that you can enroll early on and have the best chance for getting the classes and the kind of schedule you desire. There is a short window in November, December and the very beginning of January to register, so don’t delay! Please note that thousands of students will be seeking academic advising during this period. Waits may be common at certain times of the day and on certain days. Your patience and civility during this challenging time will be appreciated.
Again, no matter what — do not wait until the last minute!
Planning to transfer to another college or university next fall? It is important to make sure that you are taking the proper courses to transfer to the program you wish and to know when you should be applying. The professionals in the Counseling and Advising Center will be happy to assist with your transfer planning.
Students who plan to attend Parkland in 2016 can learn more about the college at the annual Student/Parent Information Night (SPIN) this coming Thursday evening, November 5, starting at 6:00 p.m. until 7:35 p.m. in the Student Union. Click here for further information and for SPIN registration instructions.
On Friday, November 13, Parkland will host its campus-wide Fall Open House from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union. That same day, we will also hold a Health Professions Open House from noon until 3:00 p.m. in the L wing on the main campus and the H wing (Health Professions on Mattis —1309 N. Mattis Avenue).
[John Sheahan is director of the Parkland College Counseling and Advising Center.]