Advising

Our doors are open. Come see what awaits you in the Navarro College Counseling Center.

Getting started in college is a big step, and many students find themselves overwhelmed by the enrollment process. There are many things to learn about becoming a college student, and there are many important decisions to make. Students often find themselves lost in a maze of choices, from deciding on a career, to deciding on a major and a schedule. Let us guide you down the path of success.

Contact Us! Counseling at Navarro College can offer you a wide range of services to meet your needs. We want to help you make positive choices about your education and about your life.

Staffed by licensed and/or experienced professionals, the Corsicana office is located on the second floor of the Gooch One Stop Student Center (behind the administration building). Counselors and advisors are available in Corsicana, Midlothian and Waxahachie most days to assist you with questions pertaining to your educational goals. In Mexia, an advisor is available by appointment.

Bring your questions to us! We’re here to help!

For appointments, contact your nearest Counseling Center:

  • Corsicana: (903) 875-7379
  • Mexia: (254) 562-3848
  • Midlothian: (972) 775-7200
  • Waxahachie: (972) 937-7612

Navarro College shall not discriminate against any person on account of race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status or veterans’ status. Navarro College adheres to the policies and procedures as prescribed under ADA-504.

ACADEMIC ADVISING

Listed here are several frequently asked questions about academic advising and testing at Navarro College:

What do I have to do to enroll at Navarro College?
Click here for a list of Admission requirements and to apply online through ApplyTexas.org.

International Students have some additional requirements.

What is the TSI (Texas Success Initiative)?
The Texas State Education Code requires that undergraduate students entering a public institution of higher learning to be assessed for college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics prior to enrolling in any coursework. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved the TSI Assessment for making this determination. For more information on the TSI Assessment, click here.

When and where can I take the placement test?
The Testing Center offers the TSI Assessment by appointment at any of our four campuses. For more information about days and times available, contact the Testing Center directly.

How will my placement test scores affect me?
Students who pass the whole test are allowed to take any course that does not have a designated pre-requisite. Students who fail will be required by State Law to take developmental classes along with their regular classes. For more information see the Navarro College’s Developmental Education Plan which includes the Navarro College Assessment Score Matrices. Counselors can assist you in determining the best courses for your skill level.

Should I follow a certificate or a two-year degree plan?
Students should choose the program that best fits their needs.

A Certificate of Completion is a program of study designed for students who wish to obtain skills to go to work in a particular field.

An Associate of Applied Science is a program of study designed for students who wish to go directly to work in a particular field. In general this is not the best plan for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college, but it is highly regarded by students seeking employment immediately after only one or two years at Navarro College.

Commonly known as “getting your basics,” an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree is a program of study designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college to complete a Bachelor’s Degree. Counselors can help students choose the degree plan that best transfers into the student’s major at the four-year college.

Do courses taken at Navarro transfer to the four-year universities?
If chosen properly, YES, your courses can transfer. Click here for information on transferring courses.

For athletes interested in eligibility to play sports at a particular NCAA Institution, click here for NCAA bylaws.

What is a “credit-hour?”
A “credit-hour” is the weight a course is given towards graduation. Most courses at Navarro College are worth three “credit-hours.” This means that in a typical sixteen week semester (Fall or Spring), a three credit-hour course meets for lecture approximately three hours each week. Some courses like science and physical education will involve lab components that include more time per week than what is indicated by their credit-hours. For example, a science course might be classified as a four credit-hour course even though it meets for three hours of lecture plus three hours of lab per week, or a physical education course might be worth one credit, when it actually meets for three hours of lab time each week.

To graduate with an Associate degree, students must earn 63 or more credit hours, depending on the degree. The credits required for Certificates of Completion vary depending on the major.

Don’t be fooled by the time spent in class. In college, students spend very little time in class, but are expected to spend a lot more time studying on their own. In general, for every hour spent in class per week, students are expected to spend two to three hours studying for that class. In other words, a fifteen-hour class load is like having a forty-five hour per week job.

During the Summer and Mini-terms, courses are accelerated into shorter semesters. Students cannot take as many courses during those times because they have to spend more time for each class.

What do I do if I am having trouble in a class?
Talk to your counselor! Often, there are solutions you may not have thought about. For example, maybe you need some help from the Tutorial Lab or some financial assistance through Financial Aid or the Carl Perkins Career Center. Perhaps you need disability accommodations or personal counseling. Have you tried talking to your instructor? Usually instructors can give you some advice on how to study more effectively for the course. Don’t give up without exploring all of your options!

What do I do if I am ready to graduate?
Complete an Application for Graduation and visit with your counselor.

FACULTY-CENTERED STUDENT ADVISING PROGRAM

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The Faculty Centered Student Advising Program, implemented during the Fall of 2003, allows students the opportunity to interact and to develop a special relationship with faculty outside the classroom as a means of impacting student learning and student success. As described in Navarro College’s original 2005 Quality Enhancement Plan, “we continue to believe in the outcome of research which states that the more students are involved in the social and intellectual life of the college and the more frequently they make contact with faculty and other students about learning issues, especially outside class, the more students are likely to learn.”

At the beginning of each semester, students are assigned to faculty advisors based on student major, class schedule, and campus most attended. Faculty are trained and apprised of updates to the advising program during convocation and through special training sessions available throughout the year.

Who should have an Advisor?

Anyone can benefit from visiting with an advisor. An advisor can be an administrator, professional staff, or faculty member who cares about your success at Navarro College. The Advising Program at Navarro College currently focuses all efforts on the success of our first-year students.

Why should I see an Advisor?

  • To ask questions
  • To receive information needed for success
  • Knowing that someone is here for YOU

When should I see my Advisor?

  • Several times during your first semester
  • At least once every semester for ongoing updates
  • Anytime you have questions or concerns

 

Students First Newsletter

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Download / Print PDF – Spring 2013

Please mark your calendars for Friday, May 2, 2014, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., for our ninth annual Advisor Appreciation Banquet. The Zambian Singers will be our special guests.