Tools and Resources

Academic Advising Tips

Academic Advising is a collaborative educational process. Students and their advisors are partners in meeting and ensuring academic, career, and employment goals. The partnership requires participation and involvement from both the student and the advisor. To get the most out of advising:

  • Get to know the classes & degrees we offer and consider how they can help with your interests and goals.
  • Schedule advising appointments ahead of time, particularly around registration and early on if you're having difficulty with a class.
  • Prepare in advance of each meeting with your advisor, making a list of your questions and what you want to accomplish.
  • Do your best to communicate clearly and openly with your advisor(s): ask questions, share ideas, or express concerns without hesitation.
  • The more you invest in making the most of advising opportunities, the more likely you will be satisfied with your courses, progress toward degree, personal growth, and overall college experience.
  • 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.

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.