Advising is vital to your success.

Academic advisors do just that. We help you make a plan that sees you through college, from your first day to graduation day. It is vital that you meet with your academic advisor. We don’t tell you what to do, we help you do what YOU want to do.


Academic advising is a developmental process that assists students in the clarification of their life and/or career goals and in the development of educational plans for the realization of those goals.

It is a decision-making process by which students realize their maximum educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an advisor. It is ongoing, multifaceted and the responsibility of both student and advisor.

The advisor serves as a facilitator of communication, a coordinator of learning experiences through course and career planning and academic progress review, and an agent of referral to other campus agencies as necessary.

David S. Crockett, Ed. (1987). Advising Skills, Techniques and Resources: A Compilation of Materials Related to the Organization and Delivery of Advising Services. Iowa City, Iowa. ACT Corporation.

Meet with your advisor to:
  • To see about your grade in a class
  • To see your progression towards graduation
  • To add, drop, or withdraw from a class
  • To change your program of study
  • To learn about OCtech’s policies and procedures
  • To discuss your level of Academic Probation
  • To discuss job opportunities within your program
  • To discuss transferring to another college
  • To discuss class placement due to test scores
  • To set up e-plans in your OCtech Connect
  • To discuss options in taking a semester off of classes
Who is your Advisor?

Your faculty advisor’s name and email address is available through Self Service. (this allows you to email your advisor to schedule an appointment)

  • Login to Self Service, select Self Service
  • Under Communication, select Who is My Advisor.
Before meeting with your Advisor:

Print and review your program evaluation, and plan a tentative schedule for the upcoming semester.  Please review the Student Tutorials under Student Resources for instructions on printing a program evaluation and searching for classes.

Make an appointment your advisor:

Once you have located your Advisor on Self Service, you should be able to email your advisor asking for an appointment.  It is your responsibility to email your advisor to schedule an advising appointment.

Do I need to see my Faculty Advisor before I register for classes?

Yes.  All students must consult with their Faculty Advisor before they register for classes.  Advisors must approve classes in an educational plan on your Self Service account so you can register for them.  Make time for this meeting so you can discuss goals, progression of your degree, and any issues that you have been having so you can plan your schedule accordingly for the upcoming semester.

Meet with your Faculty Advisor early to register on time and avoid late fees.

Can I see another Advisor if I can't reach my Advisor?

Generally, no. One objective of advising is that the student build a relationship with his/her assigned academic advisor. However, there are circumstances that may require you to meet with another advisor within your program.

How can I contact an advisor if I cannot/do not want to come to campus?

Most advisors will accept telephone calls or emails. Please check with your assigned advisor to determine their individual preference.

Schedule Changes and Withdrawing from a Class

Before classes start, you can make changes to your schedule via your Self-Service account.

After classes start, you must see Records (Building S – Student Services) to make any changes to your class schedule. Similarly, to withdraw from a class, you must see Records.