Academic Advising for New and Continuing Students

Explore and accomplish your goals through academic advising. Whether you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university or you want to go directly into the workforce, you will need to complete your degree/certificate. We help you gain the information you need so that you can achieve your goals and succeed at PPCC.

New Student Advising

Meet with an Academic Advisor soon after applying to PPCC can help you get into the classes you need at the times and campuses you want.

How to Meet with your Academic Advisor

  • Walk-In Advising: Come in to any one of our three campus locations during business hours to meet one-on-one with an Academic Advisor.
    • Monday and Tuesday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    • Wednesday and Thursday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Evening or Weekend Registration Sessions: Can't meet with an Academic Advisor during the day? Attend an evening or weekend registration session where an Academic Advisor will help you register for your first semester of classes.
  • Don't live in town? For those who don't live near one of our campuses, schedule a phone advising appointment by emailing the Advising & Testing Office or calling 719-502-3232. Phone appointments must be scheduled at least three business days in advance.
  • GI Bill: If you are using the GI Bill, meet with a Military and Veteran Program Advisor.

After meeting with an Advisor, your next step is to register for classes on your PPCC Student Portal. Use these step-by-step instructions for how to register for classes.

Continuing Students

Students certain of their educational goals are advised by Program Advisors. Services can be provided by appointment or on a walk-in basis, as Program Advisors are available. Check with the front desk for walk-in availability. Program Advisors are grouped by career clusters. Students may find their Program Advisor by exploring the following career cluster pages:

Program Advisors provide the following services in academic advising:

  • Create multiple-semester degree plans for students through the online Degree Check resource.
  • Verify prerequisites and/or refer students to educational Divisions for per-requisite overrides.
  • Direct students to complete the online Change of Major form when students wish to change degree programs or are in a Financial Aid-ineligible program.
  • Identify, assign or change a Faculty or Program Advisor appropriate to a student’s intended course of study.
  • Discuss opportunities and institutions for transfer to other colleges and universities.
  • Provide documentation required by Financial Aid for probation/suspension issues and for Academic Suspension Appeals.
  • Sign registration forms for students who are on initial academic suspension and discuss strategies for success.
  • Referrals to other student services and support as needed.

Types of Advising

Drop-In Advising

  • For new and continuing students to discuss:
    • Placement results or previous college credits
    • Degree/certificate programs
    • Academic goals
    • The role of a student
    • Course registration
    • Proactive course selection
    • Change of Major - This form is required when students are Undeclared or in a Financial Aid-ineligible programs or if students wish to change degree programs.
    • Referrals to other student services and support as needed.
  • First-come, first-served (expect longer wait times at the end and beginning of registration )
  • 10-15 minute session

Appointments

  • Generally for continuing students
  • Face-to-face
  • Comprehensive
  • 30 minutes (Can be extended to 60 minutes with advance notice.)
  • Complete paperwork required of an Academic Advisor (Financial Aid and Academic Suspension appeals, permissible overrides, etc. )

Telephone/Email

  • By appointment or direct contact
  • Short, general questions for your assigned advisor
  • Emails and phone calls returned within 1-2 business days
  • Feedback about schedules, core requirements and clarification of information

Before you Meet with your Academic Advisor

Academic Advisors will look at your previous test scores and transcripts to make sure you start out in the classes that are best for you. Submit your academic history before meeting with an Academic Advisor to ensure they have all the information needed to help you build your degree plan.

Submit Transcripts & Test Scores

Mission

To empower students through academic advising and assessment by aiding them in identifying, exploring, and accomplishing their educational and career goals.

For Information:

Look for answers to basic questions on our Facebook page or our Frequently Asked Questions page.

For general advising questions, you can call us at (719) 502-3232 or email us at advising@ppcc.edu. For the quickest service, please include your Student Number in all communications.

Note: During registration seasons, we experience a high volume of calls and emails. During those times it may take us a few days to respond to you.

Meet with an Advisor

Advisors are available at each of our three campuses:

  • Centennial Campus A121
  • Rampart Range Campus S102
  • Downtown Studio Campus S101

 (719) 502-3232

Office Hours:

Centennial, Downtown & Rampart

Monday & Tuesday.
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday & Thursday.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday.
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.