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Academic Advisement Services

The purpose of Academic Advising (Coaching) is to assist students in their academic endeavors. Assistance with program and course selection is provided by faculty, counselors, and academic advisors. Students can review program requirements, degree completion status, and transfer options by working with a counselor or academic advisor.

Academic Advisement (Coaching) Suggestions

Students are encouraged to do the following to help themselves in the process of receiving good academic advisement:

  • Establish a goal for yourself at Richland Community College. This may be an associates degree to transfer to a four-year college, a certificate to gain employment, courses to improve skills for a promotion, or study to develop writing or math competence. Students without goals are difficult to advise.
  • Research careers to find one appropriate for you. This research should include reference books and computers in Career Services, speaking with Richland Community College staff familiar with a variety of occupations, and meeting with employers at their work sites to observe jobs of interest. Students who can avoid frequently changing their career goal will find their academic advisement to be more consistent.
  • Identify the four-year college to which you plan to transfer. As with careers, students who frequently change their choice of senior colleges will create complications in academic advisement. Different four-year colleges have different course requirements, even within the same major.
  • Make academic advisement a priority. Advisement should not be viewed as an obstacle to overcome the day before classes begin. Students should meet with their advisor on a regular basis to discuss their academic or career issues. Advanced planning with your advisor may allow you to avoid problems, such as closed classes, non-transferable courses, or graduation delay. Academic advisement is an important part of attending college, and should be treated as such.

Contact Student Success Center

In Person

To schedule an appointment with your success coach (advisor), CLICK HERE

By Phone

Call (217) 875-7211, ext. 6267 to schedule an appointment or to speak with a success coach (counselor or advisor.)

By E-mail

Submit a Request Academic Advising form online and a success coach (advisor) will contact you.

Office Hours

Monday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Success coach (advising) appointments are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We are available for walk-ins Mondays and Thursdays 5-7pm during the Fall and Spring semesters and 3-5pm Mondays and Thursdays during the summer semester.

Summer hours: Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Richland Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:
Alex Berry, Title IX Coordinator at phone 217-875-7211 EX 6314
Leanne Brooks, 504 Coordinator, at phone 217-875-7211 EX 6362
For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.