All new students are required to meet with an advisor after gaining admission to the College. In order to best take advantage of the consultation, this appointment should occur after assessment testing and before registration. Returning students with declared majors should seek advisement from faculty in their major department. The time of a student’s first meeting with an advisor, the student and the advisor should develop an Individualized Education Plan which will map an appropriate choice of courses based on the student’s academic performance, results from the Basic Skills Assessment Test (CPT, SAT, or ACT), the student's chosen program and outside commitments.
Students are especially encouraged to consult with an advisor in the term preceding the term of expected graduation. Conferring on graduation eligibility at this time may be crucial to a student’s success in meeting his or her goal.
Advisors are also available to assist students in making career choices, exploring transfer options and for assistance with job searches.
During enrollment at Miami Dade College, students are encouraged, and sometimes required, to see an advisor when they encounter academic problems or contemplate a change in educational goals. In addition to helping students chart their educational and professional careers, advisors work with students to resolve problems affecting academic performance. Students may be referred for testing or to community agencies when appropriate, as a means to aid decision-making.