Information About Advising

All students entering college for the first time are required to meet with an advisor. Advisement sessions are scheduled after you have completed assessment testing.

If you are a returning student, it's important to build a relationship with an academic advisor. He or she can help you create a plan and find information that will help you achieve your academic goals.

You may already know that your advisor can help you select courses and plan your class schedule. But an advisor can assist you in other ways, too. He or she can help you:

  • Learn how to complete the registration process
  • Choose the program of study and degree or certificate that will best meet your goals, or learn about possible majors offered by four-year colleges and universities
  • Select classes that will transfer to the four-year college of your choice
  • Learn about other sources of information and assistance, such as tutoring services
  • Develop time management skills
  • Create a plan for raising your GPA if you are on scholastic probation

Meeting With an Advisor

Academic advisors are available to meet with you throughout the year — not just at registration time. For many students, academic advising is done on a walk-in basis. 

During peak advising times (just before and during registration), you may experience extended wait times.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Before Your Advising Appointment

  • If you are a new student, complete assessment testing if required.
  • Read your college catalog. Be familiar with the courses and requirements for your degree plan.
  • Look through the class schedule to get an idea of courses you might want to take.

Stop Before You Drop

Under Texas law (TEC Section 51.907), if you drop too many classes without having an acceptable reason, your GPA and financial aid could be affected. Be sure you understand how this law may affect you before you drop a class.

The law applies to students who enroll in a Texas public institution of higher education (including a college in the DCCCD system) for the first time in fall 2007 or later. Under this law, you may not drop more than six classes without an acceptable reason during your entire undergraduate career without penalty.

For more information, please see Dropping a Course or Withdrawing from College in the catalog or read Facts About Dropping Classes. Your academic advisor can also answer questions about this law and how it may affect you.


Other Useful Information

  • Transfer: If you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university, work with an advisor to develop a plan to meet your academic goals.
  • Career Services: Knowing the career path you want to take can make it easier to decide which courses and programs are right for you. Visit the Career Center to get help charting your future.
  • Scholastic Probation/Suspension: If you are placed on scholastic probation, your advisor can help you develop a plan to raise your GPA. Read the catalog for more information about scholastic probation/suspension. Learn about the probation policies at Richland College.
  • Excess Hours: Students should take care when selecting additional courses to be transferred toward a Baccalaureate degree. House Bill 1172 allows an institution to charge the equivalent of out of state tuition for credit hours taken beyond the state limits. It is recommended that students take minimal hours beyond degree requirements to avoid possible higher tuition charges at the institution to which they are transferring.

    The state limits for students entering public Texas institutions are:

    • 45 hours beyond what is required for a Baccalaureate degree (120 hours) if the student entered Fall 1999 – Summer 2006.
    • 30 hours beyond what is required for a Baccalaureate degree if the student entered Fall 2006 and thereafter.
  • SchoolShelf Resource Library - Richland's SchoolShelf library contains materials on hundreds of topics like academic success, student development, personal finance, parental involvement, and career readiness. These digital resources will help you have a successful college experience.
  • Specialized Advising Areas - To better advise you, Richland College advisors are trained for specific areas of study. Our main academic advisors are available by academic division. And we offer specialized advising centers like the Health Professions Advising Center, the STEM Advising Center, and the CAP Success Advising Center. Visit the Advisors' Directory to see all of our advisors listed by category.