CCS Academic Advising Program
The CCS Academic Advising Program provides assistance to Undergraduate, Graduate level, and Teacher Certification (TC) post-degree students enrolled at the College for Creative Studies. Academic Advising for these degree level students are handled by staff in the Academic Advising & Registration Office (AARO) and the International Student Services Office (ISSO). The ISSO advisor is assigned to International Undergraduate and Graduate students. The AARO advisors are assigned to undergraduate students by major.
CCS Advisors are knowledgeable about curriculum, graduation requirements, college policies and procedures. Our goal is to promote student success through intentional interactions and informative experiences that serve as a guide for students navigating their academic programs. and overall college experience. Students are required to have advising meetings during key points of their educational path and are referred to various campus resources as needed to support their academic goals.
Advisors serve as departmental liaisons for their assigned majors to stay informed about current trends and recommendations for students studying in the related areas.
How We Advise
We listen to your needs and goals
We provide options for your plan
We work with you to make adjustments
We follow college policies and guidelines
How We Help
Add/Drop, Course Planning, Troubleshooting, Student Planning, Semester Preparation
Campus Resources, Program Requirements, Academic Policies & Procedures, FERPA & Student Records
Changing Majors, Discussing Minor Options, Transferring Credits, Consultations, Credit & Elective Options
Referrals & Support
Academic Progress, Assessment, Grade Status Review, Department Approvals or Recommendations, Semester Concerns
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Teacher Certification (TC) Post Degree Program
Teacher Certification students will meet with the Department Chair of Art Education and create an approved “Plan of Work”. This will outline required classes for each semester until certificate completion. Once the document has been created, TC students will meet with their Academic Advisor to register for your classes each semester. Academic Advising appointments are available and encouraged for students who have questions or concerns. Students' academic evaluations are audited regularly to review degree requirement progress.
Graduate Level students (MFA & MA programs)
Graduate-level advising meetings will take place during the academic year based on academic standing, degree progress, and registration assistance. Academic Advising appointments are available and encouraged for current students who have questions or concerns about their program and/or course options. Student academic evaluations are audited regularly to review progress towards graduate studies completion and to address academic concerns.
Undergraduate Students (BFA programs)
Students are required to meet with their assigned Academic Advisor when they enter into an undergraduate program. Additional required meetings will take place during the academic year based on class status, academic standing and degree progress. Academic Advising appointments are available anytime during the semester for current students and are encouraged to address questions or concerns about program or course options. Student academic evaluations are audited annually to review progress towards degree completion and address academic concerns.
Undergraduate Academic Advising Meetings Overview
|Prior to start of registration||FAQs for First Semester Registration|
|Prior to the start of the semester||First Required Advising Meetings for Registration (one-on-one and/or group for first-time college and transfer students)
|Prior to the start of the semester||New Student Orientation
|First Semester Students (non-transfer)|
|First - second month of the first semester||2nd Required Advising & Registration Meeting (one-on-one and/or group)
|First Semester Transfer Students|
|First - second month of the first semester||2nd Required Transfer Student Meeting (one-on-one and or group)
|First - second month of the first semester||2 Required Advising Meetings during 1st semester (minimum)
*Required follow-up in 2nd semester
|Conditionally Admitted Students|
|2 Required Advising Meetings during the early months of the first semester (minimum)|
|Fall and/or Winter||Required Advising & Registration meeting prior to the start of the term|
|Students on Academic Probation|
|3 Required Advising Meetings during probation term|
|Prior to the registration period||Group Sessions/Workshops: Registration Preparation, Program & Academic Credit Next Steps
One-on-one appointments as needed
Sophomore Status notifications!
|Rising Juniors||Junior Group Sessions/Workshops: Registration Preparation, Program & Academic Credit Next Steps|
|One-on-one appointments as needed
Junior Status notifications!
*Students with Junior Status holds must meet with an Academic Advisor to register
|Prior to the registration period||Required Advising Meeting: Pre-Graduation Audit Review
Senior Status notification!
What is the difference between an academic advisor and counselor?
Your CCS Academic Advisor will assist you with questions or concerns related to your academic program and provide resources if assistance is needed outside of the advisor’s specialized areas. CCS Counselors operate within the Student Affairs Office and provide personal health and wellness services to students.
What is the difference between an academic advisor and mentor?
Your Advisor will focus on your individual needs as a student and provide options that apply to your whole educational experience. Your mentor will focus on your development as a growing professional student in your major and provide guidance to support your portfolio development, and career choices. Both your advisor and mentor will refer you to resources outside of their specialized areas as needed.
What is the difference between an academic advisor and career coach?
Your Advisor will provide input on program and/or career related opportunities and inform you of eligibility requirements. Advisors can help you within your degree planning to reach those goals, and confirm action items necessary to complete procedures. Your Career Coach will provide individualized guidance on internships and career events that will help you define your career goals and path. Students can meet with their Academic Advisor in advance to prepare for meetings with their Career Coach.
I am a New student to CCS, when should I contact my Academic Advisor?
New Students are contacted by their Academic Advisor when it is time to register and set-up the first Advising & Registration Appointment! All communication is sent using the CCS student email account, which should be checked regularly.
I am having trouble reaching my Advisor, what should I do?
Undergraduate students are encouraged to meet with their assigned Academic Advisor and should check their appointment page for availability. If there is no availability, students may schedule with another Academic Advisor for assistance. The Academic Advising & Registration Office can be emailed at email@example.com for further assistance, questions, or concerns and we will do our best to assist you.
Can I see any Academic Advisor?
If you are an undergraduate major, then technically, yes. However we do recommend students meet with their assigned advisor for guidance related to their major. All advisors can assist students with questions, concerns, registration, etc. International students will contact the ISSO for guidance on all requirements and options. When in doubt send an email regarding your questions or concerns.
If I change my major, will my Advisor also change?
Yes! Advisor assignments change if a student changes their major. Advisors are liaisons for their assigned departments and know first hand what updates, changes, or recommendations are supported by the departments.The Advisor for your assigned major is always the first to know about your program. However, all Advisors work together to stay informed about CCS programs, policies and procedures. You can choose to stay with an Academic Advisor outside of your major, if you prefer. The AARO must be informed of the request and your records will need to be updated.