I know that I want to come to college, but I am not sure what to major in. Who can help me?
If you're not sure what you want to be when you "grow up," we can help you figure that out. You can visit our Placement Services Office, located in the Student Center. They are open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
There are also many resources available with career path information that you can use to make that decision. You can use The Occupational Outlook Handbook as a tool for career exploration and job analysis.
How do I plan my class schedule?
To create your schedule, take a hard look at how much time you can give college:
- How many hours do you work in a week?
- How many hours are dedicated to childcare and personal time?
- How many hours will you study? Allow at least two hours for every hour you spend in class.
List classes you want. Make sure you've covered the class prerequisites (background courses that are required) before you plug it in. Some suggestions:
- Don't take all your classes back to back - give yourself a break in the day
- Schedule your developmental courses first
- If you are taking 12 credit hours or more, limit the number of hours you work to 15-20 per week.
How many credit hours make me a full-time student?
To be considered a full-time student, you must take at least 12 credit hours.
I really need help in my classes. Where can I get it?
Start with your instructor. Each instructor has office hours (listed in the syllabus given out the first day of class) when you can get extra help. If you need more assistance, visit one of the campus learning resource centers, where you can get free tutoring, help with reading, writing, math, study skills, note taking and more.
When should I consider dropping a class?
You may want to consider dropping a course if, after talking with your instructor, you see little or no chance of passing the class, or you realize you cannot regularly attend class due to unforeseen circumstances. However, be aware this could affect health insurance, child support, financial aid, scholarships or A+ eligibility. Withdraws from courses appear on your transcript permanently, so you don't want to establish a pattern. If you have questions about whether to drop a class, meet with an academic advisor.
Also, to get a refund, you need to make the drop decision early. Refunds are based on the date you officially drop a class. Talk with an advisor before you drop.
If I stop attending a class, will I automatically be dropped?
NO! If you stop attending class you will not be automatically withdrawn. You must officially withdraw. You can get help by visiting with an academic advisor. If not, your grades will be recorded as "F", which will affect your GPA and may cause other problems. Do not assume your instructor will drop you!
What is auditing a course?
Auditing lets you attend and review a class without grades or tests. No credit is given and fees are the same as for a credit course. If you wish to audit, you must declare this when you enroll.
Do I need to see an advisor to register for classes?
It is not mandatory, however, we strongly recommend you meet with an advisor before registering for classes to make sure you are selecting the right classes for your degree plan and to discuss your academic goals.
How do I find out who my advisor is?
Each fall and spring semester an advisor is assigned to New students based on their majors. You can review who your advisor is by plugging into jWeb and clicking on the "One Stop" tab at the top of the screen.
Can I change my advisor?
Yes, you can request a certain advisor, if it is within your major. Several faculty advise general education and liberal arts majors. However, nursing, allied health, and the professional technical studies faculty advice pre-nursing, or pre-allied health students and students in the program. Once you have been accepted into the nursing program, or one of the allied health programs you will register as a cohort group under the direction of the program directors. Contact Countance Anderson in the Registration Center to request an advisor change.
What is the difference between a transfer (AA) and a career (AAS) degree?
The following Transfer Degrees are designed for students who want to complete their first two years of college work and then transfer on to a four-year institution:
- Associate of Arts Degree
- Associate of Science Degree
- Associate of Science in Teaching Degree
See an advisor for more information about transferring.
Our Career Degree, the Associate in Applied Science (AAS), gives you technical skills for entry-level employment in the workforce. It is not designed for transfer. It is also known as a career or occupational degree.
Can I change my major and if so when?
Yes, you can change your major during the registration dates posted in the catalog. You can obtain this form from your advisor or the Records Office. You will need to return the completed form to the Registrar's Office.
What courses will transfer?
Our courses are accredited, and all college level courses (not LS - Learning Support) can transfer. If you plan to transfer, meet with an academic advisor early and often. Be sure to check about electives - most bachelor's degrees accept only a limited number of them.
To see how JSCC courses correspond to courses at other colleges, check out our Transfer Equivalencies page.
See our articulation agreements with area colleges.
Will you mail out our grades at the end of each semester?
No, your grades will not be mailed to you. You must plug into jWeb to view your final grades.
Any tips for success?
Please see our College Success Toolkit for pointers on being a successful student. You should also be aware of your student responsibilities.