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 acts as a compass to provide you with guidance to additional resources, 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 will also reach out to you when your instructor reports that you are doing well in class, 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 ensure you have the support 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 referred to a faculty academic advisor. 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 an "Intended 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. Advisors will periodically reach out to you throughout the semester. At any time during operating hours, you can visit an Academic Advising Center, located on the Daytona Beach, DeLand, Deltona, New Smyrna, or Flagler/Palm Coast campuses.  You may also communicate with a faculty member in your major. You can email the advising office 24/7 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.