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.
Counselors help students with their personal, career, and educational goals. Along with program advisors, they help students select the courses that are right for them. Counselors also teach student development courses, such as the First Year Seminar, and provide interventions and support when students need help. New students or those who aren't ready to meet with an academic program advisor should make an appointment with a counselor and review the advising worksheets.
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.
Below is a helpful guide for academic planning.
- First Year-New Students Should Be Able To
- By about 15 credits
- By about 30 credits
- By about 45 credits
- By about 60 credits
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.
Montgomery College uses the ACCUPLACER and ACCUPLACER ESL tests to determine reading, English and math skills. Placement scores help counselors and academic program advisors recommend courses that are appropriate for you.
Assessment Centers provide individualized Academic testing for MC students enrolled in distance learning courses, taking academic make-up tests, and with Disability Support Services (DSS) approved accommodations. Find out more about placement and assessment centers.