Navigating academic requirements and policies, choosing a major, and making a career choice can be an overwhelming process and our Advising Services staff, located in The Library, Learning, & Career Center, is here to guide you every step of the way. We help you to take ownership of your college experience by ensuring that you can discover and define an academic plan and reach your career goals.
As a freshman, you will be assigned either a professional academic advisor from Advising Services or a faculty member to help you navigate the academic and the registration process. All of our students eventually transition to faculty advisors for major-specific and career-focused support.
Advising services can help with:
- Academic requirements
- Understanding academic policies
- Exploring your interests and goals
- Choosing a major
- General career advising
- Class registration and forms
Can any student go to the Library, Learning & Career Center for advising assistance?
Yes, any student in any year of study can stop by for advising assistance, to ask questions regarding policies or processes, or to pick-up an advising related form (add/drop, change of major, etc.). We are able to answer a variety of general questions, but if the question is specific to your major we may need to direct you to your assigned advisor or consult with a program coordinator.
Also, keep in mind that certain forms can only be signed by your primary advisor so while we would be happy to meet with you to assist in filling out a form or discussing your options, you may still need to bring the completed form or document to your primary advisor to be reviewed and signed.
How do I know who my advisor is?
Log in to MyKC, and go to the Student tab. On the left-hand side, at the bottom, select Advising. In the advising area, you will see your Advisor/Major Information. Also, your primary advisor’s name appears at the top of your schedule.
How do I contact my advisor?
If you know the name of your advisor, but do not have their contact information or know the location of their office, you can use the People Search Directory on the College website to find this information.
When should I contact my advisor?
The short answer is anytime you are struggling academically or personally, have questions, or are not sure who to turn to for assistance. In addition, you should contact your academic advisor at least a few weeks before every registration period. For example, you should plan to meet with your academic advisor in October or November to discuss which courses you will take during the following winter intersession or spring semester and in March or April to discuss what to take for the following summer session(s) or fall semester.
What if I can’t reach my advisor?
Advisors may take a few days to respond to your voicemail or email message especially during peak times, such as during the registration period. Advisors may also have their office hours posted on their doors; stopping by during those times is also an option. If you still cannot reach your advisor after 2-3 days, you can seek advice through your Academic Dean or the Advising Services (main desk of the Miller Library). Advising Services is also able to answer questions or provide advice on a wide-range of academic matters.
What is considered full-time or a full load?
In order to be considered a full-time student, you must take at least 12 credits per semester. If at any point during the semester you fall below 12 credits, your status will be adjusted and your financial aid or ability to live on-campus may be impacted. If you are considering taking less than 12 credits, please discuss with your advisor and Student Central to see how this may affect your aid.
How do I change my major?
The process of changing a major or minor is simple and involves filling out a Change of Major form and having your advisor sign it or in some cases the Advising Services staff. While the process is quick and easy, it is important that you speak to your advisor and discuss the matter in detail. Change of Major forms can also be found in the Registrar’s office or in the Library, Learning & Career Center
What courses can I take?
You can find the curriculum sheets for your major by accessing the links below, typically students follow the catalog of the year they enter, so it would be the same for the curriculum sheets. If you don’t see a link to your curriculum sheets or have any questions related to this please consult with an academic advisor.
What are Gen-Eds?
“Gen-Ed” refers to the College’s General Education Requirements. Students need to take classes that fall into specific literacy categories and students have options as to what specific courses they take to fulfill these requirements. A complete listing of “gen-ed” courses can be found online. Your advisor will likely discuss these requirements when you meet with them to register for courses.
Who is the chair of my department?
We have two schools at Keystone College. Each department within the school is lead by a chair. Your chair would depend on your major.
- Communication, Art, and Humanities – Chair: Dr. Sherry Strain
- Biological and Physical Science and Mathematics – Chair: Dr. Vicki Stanavitch
- Social and Behavioral Sciences – Chair: Dr. Marie Andreoli
If you haven’t declared a major (undecided) and need to speak to a chair, you can meet with one of them or consult with an advisor for further clarification as to which administrator you should speak to.
How do I add or drop courses?
To make a schedule change you need to fill out one of our schedule change forms and have your advisor sign it. However, there are many factors to consider when adding or dropping a course; including falling below full-time status (12 credits) and courses can only be added at certain times once the semester begins. It is important to speak with an advisor so they can review applicable policies and work with you to consider all options to enable you to make an informed decision before making schedule changes.