Academic Advising

Contact Academic Advising @ TNCC:

  • Phone: (757) 825-2827
  • Fax: (757) 825-3697
  • Hampton Campus, Hastings Hall 324
  • Phone: (757) 253-4755
  • Fax: (757) 253-4498
  • Historic Triangle Campus, Room 117

Academic Advising at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) offers advising services to help students understand their academic and personal goals.  The advising services are designed to assist students in achieving their goals, while taking advantage of campus resources which will enhance their collegiate experiences.  The academic advisors and counselors will:

  • Review placement scores and determine course placement.
  • Guide the student in understanding degree and prerequisite requirements for their selected major.
  • Establish a course schedule for the first semester.
  • Assist you in utilizing and understanding the advising technological functions and student services functions.
  • Provide you with information as it relates to academic policies, procedures and regulations.

Important Information for:

New Students» Currently Enrolled or Returning Students»

Frequently Asked Questions about Academic Advising @ TNCC:

Advising» Advising Area (Continuing & Returning Students)» Self-Advising» Program Plan Declaration» Course/Advising Information»

Other Important Academic Advising Information:

Course Selection Tips» How to Choose a Major»

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Wednesday and Friday:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday:  8:00 am – 7:00 pm

All new students will meet with a counselor or academic advisor to review and interpret placement test scores, high school transcripts, and/or any previous college transcripts.  Academic Advisors and counselors can also interpret official SAT and ACT scores completed within three years prior to enrolling in college English or Mathematics courses at TNCC.  As a new student counselors and academic advisors will provide students with information about programs of study, course prerequisites, program plan declaration, and course selection.  New Student advising takes place in Room 201, Griffin Hall, Counseling Center.

Hours of Operation:

Thursday:  10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Hasting Hall, Room 324

(Check your VCCS email account each semester for designated academic advising periods.)

Academic advising for currently enrolled or returning students occurs during designated cycles each semester.  The advising cycle dates and times are posted on the TNCC website and emailed to students during the designated periods at their VCCS email account. Your assigned advisor will send you an email correspondence with the advising dates and times in which you can schedule an appointment to receive advising.

Students are assigned a faculty member according their program of study, if the following is satisfied:

  1. Completion of Developmental English
  2. Earned 15 college credits or more at TNCC
  3. Have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or greater

Identifying your assigned faculty advisor is easy! Login in your MyTNCC Account, click on Student Center, and in the far right corner of the page you will see a box labeled Advisor.

Students enrolled in Developmental English courses (ex. – ENG 1, ENG 5), and/or have a G.P.A. less than a 2.0 will remain in the Counseling Center.

If you have advising questions, please email the questions to

Q – What is Academic Advising?

A – The purpose of academic advising is to help you develop an educational plan and eventually reach your specific educational goals. This process also involves helping you understand the objectives and requirements required for a Career Studies Certificate, Certificate, or an Associate’s degree.

Q As a student, am I required to get advising?

A – No, a student is not required to get advising; however, advising will assist students in establishing an academic plan, course selection, and policies and procedures related to degree requirements.

Q – I am a new student, how do I get advised?

A – As a new student, you will work with professional counselors and academic advisors in the Counseling Center, Room 201, and Griffin Hall at the Hampton Campus, or Room 117 at the Historic Triangle Campus.

Q As a continuing or returning student, will I be assigned a faculty member as an advisor?

A – A faculty member will be assigned to you as a student based on the following criteria:

  1. Completion of Developmental English courses, if required
  2. Earned 15 credits or more
  3. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

QIf I have not met the criteria to be assigned a faculty member as an advisor, how do I receive advising?

A – If you have not been assigned a faculty member as an advisor, advising will take place during the designated cycle in the advising area on the Hampton campus.

Q – How do I identify my faculty advisor?

A – Students are assigned a faculty member as an advisor provided the student has met the criteria to be assigned an advisor.

Students are assigned an advisor based on their program of study.  You can locate your advisor by logging in your MyTNCC account, Student Center, and review to the right of the screen a box will appear, Advisor; the name of your assigned advisor will be listed.

Q – When is my faculty advisor available?

A – During the designated advising cycle, your assigned faculty advisor will email their assigned advisees on the days and times advising appointments can be arranged during the designated advising cycles.

Q – What information will I need when I meet with my assigned faculty advisor, academic advisor or counselor?

A – As a college student, it is essential for you to write down any questions you may have prior to your meeting.  The following items will be needed:

  • A Copy of your Degree Progress Report
  • Enrollment Planning Sheet

Q – How do I access my Degree Progress Report to review my progress towards my program of study, prior coursework completed, and grades at TNCC?

A – A student can access the Degree Progress (Academic Advisement Transcript) by logging into MyTNCC, click Student Center, and under Academics, click, Degree Progress. This report will provide you with information related to program completion and semester and cumulative GPA.

Q – Can I evaluate my advising session?

A – Yes, it is imperative that you evaluate your advising session.  Completing the evaluation assists The Office of Student Success with improving the advising process.  You can do this by going to the academic advising survey at  Your advisor will give you a card, listing the web link information at the conclusion of your session.

Q – What is the difference between a curricular student and a non-curricular student?  Will advising differ based on my classification?

A – The advising process is the same regardless of your classification.  Advising for new students will continue to occur in the Counseling Center.

Q – What is the Advising Area?

A – The Advising Area is staffed with professional counselors and academic advisors during the designated advising cycle.  The advising area on the Hampton Campus is located in Room 324, Hastings Hall.  When the advising cycle starts, the dates and hours of operation are posted on the college website.

Q – What advising services are available in the Advising Area?

A – A professional counselor or academic advisor will assist the student with their program of study, declaring a major, career options, and course selections.  Students assigned to the Advising Area should bring a printout of their Degree Progress Report (DPR) when meeting with an academic advisor or professional counselor.

Q Can students receive academic advising online?

A – Yes, academic advising is available to students online at  This email is answered on the same day as continued advising – Thursday only.

Q – What is self-advising?

A – Students who select to self-advise are responsible for monitoring their own academic progress.

The college recognizes that students attending TNCC are adults who are responsible for their own academic progress to fulfill graduation requirements, course prerequisites, and course selections as it relates to their program of study.  Students intending to transfer to a four-year institution are responsible for understanding the articulation agreement with the institution of their choice.  The advantage to self-advising is that students do not need to meet with a professional counselor, academic advisor, or faculty advisor to obtain signature to register for classes.

Q – How do I know what classes to enroll in for the next semester, based on my major requirements?

A – To determine classes for the subsequent semester(s), you will need to access your Degree Progress. The Degree Progress will identify courses remaining to satisfy your degree requirements.

Q – If I am self-advising, how do I register?

A – Registration is a self-service process by logging in your MyTNCC account under Student Center account or utilizing the Welcome Center located in Room 221-I, Griffin Hall on the Hampton Campus, or Room 117 at the Historic Triangle Campus.

Q – What is a Program Plan Declaration?

A – A Program Plan Declaration is a form which must be completed to declare a major or change a major. Completing this form places a student in a program of study.

Q – Can I complete a Program Plan Declaration online (

A – No, the Program Plan Declaration must be completed onsite.  When changing a program, it is essential to meet with a professional counselor or academic advisor to verify what courses are required for the new curriculum, and/or to verify if any courses previously completed at TNCC and/or transferred in could apply to the program of study.

Q – How many credits do I need to be full-time student?

A – The minimum credits required being a full-time student is 12 credit hours; however, a student may take up to 18 credit hours.

Q – How do I search for available courses for the upcoming semester?

A – To access the class schedule for the subsequent semester, click on  Please be sure to select the correct semester for the summer of classes you desire to review.  Additionally, you can search for available courses by logging in your MyTNCC account, click Student Center, and click Add a Class to review available courses by subject.

Q – How do I know what courses to enroll in for my major?

A – When deciding which courses to enroll in for your major, review your curriculum, available online or print your Degree Progress Report (DPR).  The DPR will populate which courses are needed for your selected major.

Q – If I am a pursuing a specific degree at TNCC, who do I contact about degree questions and future career opportunities?

A – If you have met the criteria to have an assigned advisor, contact your advisor about degree related questions; moreover, your advisor can provide you with information about possible career opportunities based on your selected major.

Q – I plan to transfer to a four-year college or university from TNCC. What courses would I be advised to take?

A – The Academic Planning & Transfer Office assists students with transfer requirements to four-year colleges and universities in the state of Virginia.  Please visit their website at:

  1. Take SDV 100 (College Success Skills) in your first semester. You will learn about the college, find out useful information about registration and learn how to declare a major. Additionally, you will receive helpful information about how to study, how to take tests more effectively, and how to manage time and stress.
  2. Take any required developmental courses first. You must have these completed before you can enroll in other pre-requisite courses.
  3. Take a prerequisite course or courses in a subject that is a potential major.
  4. Take general education courses. (See degree and cetificates online.)
  5. Keep in mind that 12 credit hours = a full academic load, and you will need to devote at least two hours outside of class, for every 1 credit hour you take. This should serve as a guide to help you determine the number of classes you schedule.
  6. Try to schedule a variety of subjects, rather than taking all of your major courses in the same semester.
  7. Think about the reading and writing requirements of various classes. Don’t schedule too many history, literature and other intensive-reading and writing courses the same semester.

First, you must consider which career you would like to ultimately attain. Then, you should do thorough research and work backwards from the career goal, to the major that leads to that career.

STEP 1 – the first step in choosing a major is to spend some time thinking about yourself. You will need to analyze several aspects of your personality, including your interests, values and skills. Ask yourself questions like: “What do I really like to do?” “If I had all the money I could ever want, what would I do with my time?” “What am I good at?” and “What matters most to me?”

Another good place to begin doing this kind of self-assessment, is the DISCOVER online career program. In this program, you can take a quick survey of your career interests, work values and job skills. Upon completion of these assessments, you will receive a comprehensive summary report which will direct you to investigate specific career fields.

To access the DISCOVER program, you will need to call the TNCC Career Center at 865-5874 or 865-5875 between 8:00 and 5:00 p.m. MWF or 8:00 and 6:30 TH to obtain a USER ID.

To use DISCOVER, enter this URL:

The TNCC Career Center also offers workshops on choosing a career or major. See the schedule of events for upcoming sessions.

STEP 2 – Once you have done some self-analysis of your interests, values and abilities, you are ready to research careers. The DISCOVER program has extensive occupational and job market information which allow you to research occupations and narrow down your career choices.

STEP 3 – Now that you have a career in mind, you are ready to research majors. The DISCOVER program can also give you helpful information about which major(s) will best prepare you for your chosen career.

Spend some time looking at the recommended educational path. Pay special attention to any specific certification or licensure requirements. Make sure the major you choose, is one that will give you the best preparation to enter this career. At this point, it would be helpful to talk to a counselor or faculty advisor about your desire to declare a major.

One final note, the Career Center staff and the Counselors in the Welcome & Admissions Center are here to assist you in making educational and career plans. If at any time, you wish to see a counselor, simply call the Career Center at 865-5876 to schedule an appointment or just come to the Welcome & Admissions Center to see a Counselor in 201 Griffin Hall