Academic advisement is an essential key to the success of each student and supports the important things you learn in your classes. Professors stimulate your critical thinking; Advisors provide you with the holistic support and guidance outside of the classroom when making academic- and career-related decisions. Advisors are available on each campus to discuss students' educational goals and the programs and courses available to help them meet those goals; help students understand the College's rules, regulations, and polices; and help students find information on transfer programs and how to best prepare to meet transfer requirements.
Advisors are ready to help students make the best choices and are available on a walk-in or appointment basis.
How Can Advising Help Students?
To stay on track for graduation, students should:
- Meet with their advisor regularly, at least once per term. Schedule an appointment online at the Advising Online Feature Tool at fscj.edu/advising/advising-online.
- Regularly check their academic advisement report within their myFSCJ Student Center.
- Seek the assistance of an advisor if they are experiencing academic difficulties.
- Routinely check their student email account for important messages from the College and their advisor.
Advising Center Locations
- South Campus: Bldg. U, Ste. 101
- Downtown Campus: Bldg. A, Ste. 1100
- Kent Campus: Bldg. B, Ste. 102
- North Campus: Bldg. E, Ste. 124
- Deerwood Center: 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.
- 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. Visit fscj.edu/advising to schedule a time to discuss with your advisor.
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 2019 summer term and thereafter, "excess hours" are defined as hours that go beyond 120% 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 144 credit hours/units (120% x 120 credit hours = 144 credit 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 at fscj.edu/transferservices for additional information and answers to frequently asked questions.
FSCJ Orientation is designed to assist new students with their transition to the College. Orientation provides new students the opportunity to learn more about topics such as student engagement, student success, paying for college, and academic advising. New students are strongly encouraged to complete orientation prior to their first-term advising session. First-term advising and orientation should occur prior to starting classes.
For more information about Orientation, visit fscj.edu/orientation.