Academic advisement is a collaborative process between you, the student, and an academic or faculty advisor with the purpose of helping you reach your educational, professional and personal goals.
At BMCC, all matriculated students are required to meet with an advisor each semester prior to registration for the following term. Students are strongly urged to get advised as early as possible, to ensure the earliest registration possible. In addition, students are encouraged to consult with an advisor before making any major academic changes (i.e. dropping/withdrawing from a course, changing majors, etc.)
Advisors will help you to create a multi-semester plan to graduation that will help you to complete your degree requirements. In addition, advisors will incorporate career and transfer advisement to make certain there is alignments between your academic and career paths and to help prepare you for transition to a senior college.
Types of Students
- Incoming Freshman – Students new to BMCC for the upcoming term and who have never enrolled in courses at another institution
- Incoming Transfer – Students transferring into BMCC for the first time in the upcoming term. Transfer students will have completed course(s) at one or more post-secondary institution.
- Continuing – Students who are currently enrolled at BMCC in a degree-seeking program
- Readmitted – Students who have previously taken courses at BMCC, but have taken one or more semesters off
- Non-Degree – Students who are not enrolled in a degree-seeking program at BMCC
- Permit – Visiting students who are enrolled as matriculated students at other CUNY colleges
What Students can Expect from an Academic Advisor
We offer BMCC students a wide range of services. Students can expect an academic advisor to:
- promote student development and growth by assisting students in assessing their interests, abilities, and short- and long-term educational goals;
- advise students on the selection of appropriate courses to complete their degree in a timely fashion, while supporting that academic goals and interests;
- evaluate and monitor students’ academic progress;
- help students explore academic options and career pathways;
- inform students about all degree, program, and general education requirements;
- teach students to create academic schedules that allow them to balance academic and personal responsibilities;
- assist students in developing excellent time management skills;
- provide transfer information to students preparing to make a transition to another institution;
- understand institutional policies and procedures;
- empower students with the necessary tools to become self-sufficient and independent learners;
- maintain student confidentiality.
What the Advisor Expects from the Advisee (Student)
The advisor expects their advisee to:
- understand and know that the relationship between advisor and advisee is a partnership and that the student must take an active role in the development of meaningful academic goals;
- arrive on time and come prepared to each advisement appointment;
- inform their advisor of changes that may affect their academic progress, i.e. dropping or withdrawing from courses;
- identify personal academic and career goals and inform their advisor during the advisement session;
- complete all recommendations and assignments from their advisor, i.e. visiting the Career Development Center, researching transfer colleges/programs, going to the Learning Resource Center for tutoring, etc.;
- be knowledgeable of their degree requirements, and other college policies and procedures;
- be aware of all college deadlines, i.e. withdrawal date, transfer application deadlines, appeal deadlines, etc.