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Mexia Campus: 254.562.3848
Midlothian Campus: 972.775.7200
Waxahachie Campus: 972.923.6458
Our doors are open! Come see what awaits you in the NC 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.
Advisors 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 Master level clinicians, the Corsicana office is located on the second floor of the Gooch One Stop Student Center (behind the Administration Building). Academic advisors are available on the Corsicana, Mexia, Midlothian, and Waxahachie campuses.
Listed here are several frequently asked questions about academic advising and testing at Navarro College:
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.
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.
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. Advisors can assist you in determining the best courses for your skill level.
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.
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 60 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.
Talk to your advisor! Often, there are solutions you may not have thought about. For example, maybe you need some help from the TRIO Tutorial Lab or some financial assistance through Financial Aid or the CTE Success 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!