A student being advised by a counselor

Academic Advising

Winter 2016 Registration

The college uses a tiered system of registration. That means students who have acquired the most credits are permitted to register first (students with 12 + or more credits, 0-11 credits, etc). Online registration begins at 8 am. These credits must be earned credits:

  • 12 + credits/higher earned -  October 13
  • 0-11 credits/higher earned -  October 15
  • Open enrollment begins  October 20*
    (new students*, early college, guests)

*New students will be invited to attend new student orientation

To search for available courses, you can use the easy-to-use Internet tool or login to your Online Center.

Tuition Due Date Calendar

Department Faculty Advising

Need to connect to a GRCC faculty advisor in your major? Check the department advisor list. Many faculty are available to assist you with planning your schedule, offer career advice and answer your transfer questions.                                                                      

2015/2016  Department Advising information below:

Biological Sciences & Math

Criminal Justice


Dental Auxiliaries

Exercise Science/Wellness



Occupational Therapy Assistant


Radiologic Technology

Social Sciences


Visual Arts

Counselor Role

The counselors in the Counseling and Career Center are trained to assist students with:

  • Academic Orientation
  • Academic Advising
  • Personal Counseling
  • Transfer Planning
  • Occupational Exploration/Career Development
  • Crisis management
  • Goal Setting

What your Counselor can do for you:

Give you sound academic advice. Your counselor can be a valuable resource as someone familiar with GRCC who is willing and able to assist you with your academic planning and decision-making.

Serve as a sounding board. Consult with your counselor as you ponder your next academic move, as you consider your options, or if you are worried about the implications of your decisions. Your counselor has guided others through the academic planning process at GRCC and can help you make informed choices and keep on track.

Help you choose suitable courses. Your counselor can assist you with course selection by asking you your rationale for choosing courses, perhaps by challenging your assumptions, by ensuring that your course load is reasonable, and by making various suggestions or recommendations for you to consider.

Help you complete a long-range plan and select a major. Most students who enter college are not sure of what they want to major in. While this is natural enough, the uncertainty of it is troubling for a lot of students. However, if you approach your long-range plan conscientiously, it need not be a source of great worry to you; indeed, it can be an exciting adventure.

What your counselor cannot do for you:

Serve all your advising needs. No counselor, no matter how well trained or experienced, can be expected to know all the academic regulations, all the departments and programs, and all the faculty and course offerings at transfer institutions. However, your counselor can answer many of your questions and would be able to refer you to others when s/he can't help you directly.

Tell you what to do. As an adult, you should assume primary responsibility for your decisions and for your academic progress. You misconceive your counselor's role and shortchange yourself if you expect your counselor to tell you what to do. Don't let others decide your future! Set your own goals and devise your own strategies for attaining them. Your counselor can help you meet your goals by serving as a "reality check" and by helping you to avoid obvious pitfalls along the way.

Tell you what courses to take. Counselors do not tell you what courses to take, who's a "good" instructor, or what courses are easy or hard, and you shouldn't expect them to.

Be the only source of advice as you choose a major. No matter how well informed your counselor is, s/he is only one of many resources available to you as you prepare to elect a major. Other resources can come to your assistance in important ways:

  • Arrange to participate in Career Development activities to identify important aspects of yourself and of the majors and careers you are considering to make a well-informed major and career choice.
  • Make appointments with any instructor(s) in the field(s) you are considering and talk about what attracts you to the field, what your particular area of concentration might be, who on the faculty of the department shares your interests, what internship or other opportunities are available to you through the department, what career paths majors in that field have gone on to after they graduated, etc.
  • If you are undecided about your major, you can search different majors by Career Pathways. The Career Pathways is a broad group of careers that share similar characteristics and whose employment requirements call for many common interests, strengths, and competencies.