How to Meet with an Advisor

Depending on the type of question(s) you have, you may need to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor, or you may need to come by for drop–in advising. Appointments and drop–in advising are available during regular office hours, listed on the left.

Students are required to meet the following criteria prior to meeting an advisor:

  1. Must be an enrolled student at Seattle Central or another campus of the Seattle Colleges
  2. Must have completed Math and English COMPASS placement or have had the placement test waived through previous college credit.
  3. Must have completed the START orientation

Guidelines for an Advising Appointment (30 minute appointments)

  • Overview of Certificate/Degree/Transfer requirements
  • Choosing classes for next quarter
  • Long–range educational planning
  • Unofficial transcript evaluations
  • Graduation applications
  • 45–credit college progress check
  • Questions about the transfer process if you have more than one question

Appointments should be made several days in advance by calling or coming into the office for your best opportunity to receive an appointment. Non–registration periods between weeks 3 and 7 are good times to schedule an advising appointment. Our office becomes very busy during peak registration times, sometimes students have to wait so plan early.

Note: If you are more than 10 minutes late to your appointment, it will need to be rescheduled so that the next student will not be delayed. To cancel your appointment, please call Advising: 206.934.4068.

Please bring the following to your Advising Appointment:

  • Photo ID
  • College transcripts from other schools you have attended (official or unofficial)
  • Any advising and educational planning information received from previous advising sessions (AA degree sheets, long–range plans, test scores, etc.)
  • Any transfer information you have on your prospective university or intended major

Guidelines for Drop–in Advising (10 minutes or less)

  • Help with adding or dropping classes
  • Registration issues
  • Interpreting COMPASS placement
  • Referrals to other programs/services
  • Prerequisite clearance for registration
  • Consortium agreements
  • Printing a degree audit for financial aid

Not sure what to do?

If you are unsure of which advising service to request, come into the advising office, call us (206.934.4068), or e–mail us ( and let us assist you in determining which would be best for your situation.

We cannot check student records by phone or email as it violates the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

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