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Academic Advising

Academic Advising is an important part of getting started and staying on the right path as you move closer to your educational, career and personal goals. Advising provides you with specific details about your courses, programs and policies that affect you.

Professional Academic 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 policies;
  • inform you about campus services such as Student Disability Services, the Academic Support Center and the Writing Center;
  • help you find information on transfer programs and how to best prepare to meet transfer requirements.

Academic Advisors also reach out to you when your instructor reports that you are having difficulties in class, notify you about courses you should be taking to meet the graduation requirements for your major, talk to you about your intended transfer college and major, and contact you periodically to make sure you have the help you need to be successful in school.

First-Semester Advising

All new students are required to meet with an Academic Advisor before they can register for their first semester of course work. During that meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss placement requirements, required course work and policies governing allowable first-semester courses and program requirements. Advisors will also review important information that you need to be successful in college. Once your advisor recommends classes, you are responsible for selecting your course meeting days and times and registering for your courses online or in the Falcon Center on the campus of your choice. More specific descriptions about services and department contacts are available under Academic Advising at

Continuing Student Advising

Both professional and faculty academic advisors are available to assist you during continuing semesters.

  • If you are enrolling in an A.S. or a Certificate program, you will be assigned to a faculty academic advisor during your first semester of coursework. The faculty advisor teaches in your program of study and can provide you with extensive background knowledge about program requirements for your major.
  • If you are enrolled in an A.A. degree program, your advisor can provide you with information about how to meet degree requirements and offer referrals for how to learn more about transfer information and requirements.

The Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) is a degree that is intended for students who will be transferring into a bachelor's degree program. The state of Florida requires that advisors make students declare an intended transfer college/university and major before the student completes 30 credit hours of coursework. In addition, the advisor is required to inform you of the list of pre-requisite courses for your intended bachelor's degree program. If you have not already declared this information with your advisor, you will receive an advising hold when you have completed 15 college credits. You must meet with an academic advisor and declare this information before the hold is released.

Please note: There is only one A.A. degree at DSC. Advisors will assign you a secondary "Advising Major" in order for you to have a list of pre-requisite courses needed for your intended bachelor's degree major.

You are encouraged to contact an advisor each semester. You can find out who your advisor is and how to contact him/her using Online Services and selecting Your Student Information. If there is no advisor listed, you can either visit the Academic Advising Center located in the Wetherell Building (100) on the Daytona Beach Campus or talk to a faculty member in your major. You can also email the advising office from your FalconMail account at The Advising email account is answered every business day.

You will receive email notifications throughout the semester regarding advising information. We encourage you to check your free Falconmail email account often.