Academic advisement is an essential key to the success of each student. Whether you are a new or continuing student, advisors provide you with the holistic support and guidance you seek when making academic- and career-related decisions. Advisors are available on each campus to discuss your educational goals and the programs and courses available to help you meet those goals; help you understand the College's rules, regulations, and polices; and help you find information on transfer programs and how to best prepare to meet transfer requirements.
Advisors are here to help you make the best choices. Your level of participation is directly related to the type of relationship you have with your advisor. For a successful relationship with your advisor and to stay on track for graduation, you should:
- Meet with your advisor at least once per term
- Regularly review your academic advisement report within your myFSCJ Student Center
- Seek the assistance of an advisor if you are experiencing academic difficulties
- Routinely check your student email account for important messages from the College and your advisor
You are strongly encouraged to take advantage of academic advising services and to utilize the vast number of resources at the College.
Advising Center Locations
- South Campus Advising Center: 11901 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 (Bldg. U, Ste. 101)
- Downtown Campus Advising Center: 101 W. State St., Jacksonville, FL 32202 (Bldg. A, Ste. 1100)
- Kent Campus Advising Center: 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville FL 32205 (Bldg. B, Ste. 102)
- North Campus Advising Center: 4501 Capper Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32218 (Bldg. E, Ste. 150)
- Open Campus Advising Center: 9911 Old Baymeadows Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32256 (Bldg. D, Ste. 2400)
Career development advisors are available on each campus to guide students in reaching their full potential. With a focus on developing an effective process, we aim to educate each student on making informed decisions.
Available services include:
- Access to mock interviews
- Building and promoting a professional online presence
- Career-related workshops
- Developing a job search process
- Developing a professional network within your industry of choice
- Florida Work Experience Program (paid internship) application and placement
- Internship exploration and search strategies
- Matching majors to careers
- Researching career options
- Résumé and cover letter critique
- Selecting and transferring to university (understanding accreditation, researching programs and professional goal considerations)
Degree Audit/Academic Advisement Report
It is your responsibility to monitor your progress and enroll in appropriate classes with guidance from an advisor. In addition, you should check the accuracy of your degree audit/academic advisement report each term with your advisor. Please be sure to review the specific items below:
- Confirm that the Academic Plan/Program of Study is listed.
- Be sure that all courses required for your Academic Plan/Program of Study have been reviewed by an advisor for completion and that required grades for those courses have been earned.
- Review with an advisor any transfer credit that is being applied to your Academic Plan/Program of Study.
- Identify specific elective(s), if applicable, as well as General Education requirements needed to complete your plan/program.
- Review the minimal hours required to satisfy each subject area of your Academic Plan/Program of Study (i.e. communications, mathematics, and electives, etc.).
- Students who matriculate into any program will be assigned to the current effective term. The student's assigned effective term will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Note: To maintain continuous enrollment status a student must have registration for, and successful completion of, at least one course within a three-term period. Student not enrolled for three consecutive terms will have their program discontinued. Upon return to the College, students in this situation will need to reestablish their program and will be assigned the current effective term. Students who have completed at least 50% of the degree or certificate under the previous catalog can appeal to be reinstated into previous effective terms but only those after their first term of enrollment with the college.
- Review the accuracy of current course enrollment.
- Review any holds and/or service indicators.
Your advisor will be glad to assist you in learning to understand and use the academic advisement report/degree audit. Schedule an appointment by contacting the Advising Center at the campus of your choice.
Excess Hours Advisory
In 2009, the Florida Legislature implemented Section 1009.286, Florida Statutes to encourage students to complete their baccalaureate degree as quickly and efficiently as possible. It established what is commonly referred to as an "Excess Credit Hour Surcharge." The bill requires universities to add a surcharge to each credit hour taken in excess of the total number of credit hours required to complete the degree being pursued. The amount in excess of the total hours is calculated based on a percentage defined in law.
For the 2012-1013 academic year and thereafter, "excess hours" are defined as hours that go beyond 110% of the hours required for a baccalaureate degree program. For example, if the length of a program is 120 credit hours/units, the student may be subject to an excess hour surcharge for any credits attempted beyond 132 credit hours/units (110% x 120 hours = 132 hours).
Under Florida law, the following credit hours count towards Excess Credit Hours:
- All credit earned at another institution and accepted for transfer and applied toward the baccalaureate degree program.
- Courses from which a student withdraws/drops with penalty.
- Failed courses.
- Hours dropped after the institution's drop/add period.
- Repeated courses. Exception: repeated courses for which the student has paid the repeat course surcharge as provided in Section 1009.285, Florida Statutes.
Under Florida law, the following credit hours do not count towards Excess Credit Hours:
- College credit earned through articulated accelerated mechanisms such as AP, IB, CLEP, AICE, or dual enrollment.
- Courses from which the student withdraws for reasons of medical or personal hardship.
- Credit hours earned through internship.
- Credit hours earned while participating in a Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) program.
- Credit hours required for certification, recertification, or certificate programs.
- Credit hours taken to achieve a dual major while pursuing a baccalaureate degree.
- Credit taken by active-duty military personnel.
- Remedial and English-as-a-second-language credit hours.
Visit Transfer Services for additional information and answers to frequently asked questions.