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Academic Advising & Planning

Academic planning is the process of setting your educational goals and determining the best path to meet them. It is critical that you play an active role in this process from start to finish during your time at Montgomery College. 

Remember your counselor or academic program advisor is available to help you stay on track and reach your goals. As an MC student, you can access general counseling and advising, as well as program advising particularly targeted at your major.

Counseling and Advising 

Counselors help students with their personal, career, and educational goals. Along with program advisors, they help you select the courses that are right for you. Counselors also teach student development courses, such as the First Year Seminar, and provide interventions and support when you need help. New students or those who aren't ready to meet with an academic program advisor should meet with a counselor. In preparation for the meeting, you are strongly encouraged to review the following academic planning tools. The tools should be used in conjunction with the college catalognew window and are meant to supplement the advising process.

  • Program Advising Guides: tool to help you understand degree requirements for your chosen major.
  • Advising Worksheets: tool to assist you in tracking completion of program requirements for your chosen major.
  • Degree Worksnew window: tool that allows you to review and monitor progress toward degree completion.

Academic Program Advising

Academic program advising is an opportunity for students to meet with an advisor who teaches in their major. Academic program advisors help students choose classes, understand options, and determine resources. Advising is a shared responsibility between the advisor and the student. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student to make decisions about his or her life goals by creating a plan to reach those goals. Contact an academic program advisor and view program advising guides

Your Educational Plan

Below is a helpful guide for academic planning. 

Begin to understand your responsibilities as a college student.

Locate and use campus support resources.

Establish a connection with a counselor/academic program advisor.

Review your academic plan in Starfish.

Identify your interests, skills, and values to assist you in formulating goals.

Make a tentative educational plan.

Identify a major that is compatible with your interests, skills and values.

Review and modify your educational plan, as needed. If appropriate, access information to help you plan for transfer to a four-year college/university.

Define an exit plan from Montgomery College (graduation, employment or transfer).
Make the transition out of Montgomery College.


Academic Advising and Planning