Academic Advising


Academic Advising is an ongoing, intentional collaboration between students, faculty and staff that empowers each student to succeed.


Academic Advisors teach, guide and support students to develop and achieve academic, career and personal goals.

First time Students

In order to assist new students in successfully transitioning to college and to increase the likelihood of academic success and degree completion, SFCC has a mandatory New Student Orientation (NSO) and advising policy for new students.

If you’re a new, full-time, degree-seeking students with 15 or fewer completed credits, you’re required to attend the New Student Orientation and meet with an advisor each semester, until you have 16 cumulative credits.  These requirements are designed to keep you on track, enhance your student success and improve degree completion. For more information about this or upcoming NSO dates, please call 505-428-1919.

Who should I see?

At SFCC there are three groups of professionals who regularly provide academic advising: the Welcome and Advising Center advisors, counselors and faculty members. In general, individuals in any of these groups can help you but each may also provide specialized assistance.
Meet with a Welcome and Advising Center advisor if you . . .

  • are starting college for the first time
  • are unsure of what degree you plan to pursue

Meet with a counselor if you. . .

  • have selected your academic program but need assistance creating an educational plan, semester by semester, to achieve your goals
  • have almost completed your graduation requirements
  • Visit the Counseling Services page.

Meet with a faculty member if you . . .

  • want to learn about career options in his or her field
  • want specific information about courses required in his or her academic area
  • Find faculty in your Academic School or Department.

In addition to meeting with an advisor to plan your schedule for the coming semester, you should schedule an advising appointment to discuss:

  • your progress toward your degree
  • difficulties you are having with your current courses
  • adding or dropping a course
  • how to plan for transferring to another college or university
  • what you need to do to graduate
  • balancing school with the other demands on your time

For more information, please contact Academic Advising, 505-428-1270,