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Academic Advising

Mission Statement
Hours
Academic Advisors
Your Advisor
Scheduling an Appointment: Wconline Instructions
Requesting an Advisor
View your Academic Progress
Placement Tests
Transfer Credit
Prerequisites
Electives
Registering for Courses
Online Registration
Changing Your Major
Petitioning to Graduate
Good Academic Standing
Resources
Contact

Mission Statement
The mission of Roxbury Community College's Academic Advising Center is to help students successfully complete their degree or certificate programs through the strengthening of necessary skills, and the development of academic and career goals. As part of the Division of Student Life, the Office of Academic Advising is committed to providing services that support the educational goals of Roxbury Community College.

Hours
Monday and Thursday: 9am – 6:30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9am – 5pm

Academic Advisors

Melida Amaya: 617-541-5370;mamaya@rcc.mass.edu
Marcus Christopher: 617-427-0060 ext. 5010;mchristopher@rcc.mass.edu
Jennie Thrash: 617-933- 7434;jthrash@rcc.mass.edu

Your Advisor

To identify your assigned Advisor, log into https://myrcc.rcc.mass.edu// and select the "Students" tab. Your advisor will be listed under "Academic Information."

If your Advisor is a Faculty member, you may contact him or her to schedule an introductory meeting. Under the "Advisor Contact" tab at https://myrcc.rcc.mass.edu/, the contact information of all Faculty Advisors is listed.

If you need help with identifying or locating your Advisor, please call 617-541-5327 or drop by the Advising Center (Building 2, Room 306).

If assigned to the Advising Center Staff, you may schedule an appointment online by:

For instructions on using this online scheduling system, please click here

If you need help with scheduling an Academic Advising Center appointment, you may call 617-541-5327 or drop by the Advising Center (Building 2, Room 306).

Walk-in appointments are provided on a space-available basis and are not guaranteed. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments in advance.

Advising is available in English and Spanish.

Scheduling an Appointment:Wconline Instructions

If assigned to the Advising Center Staff, you may schedule an appointment online at https://rcc.mywconline.net/ (select Advising Center Schedule from the drop-down menu).  Here are additional instructions on how to use the online scheduling system:

Setting Up a Free Account: Click on the "First visit? Click here to register" link. The system will ask you for some basic information. Please be sure to fill this information out accurately and thoroughly.

Viewing the Schedule: The schedule is organized by day and time slots available for each Academic Advisor. White blocks indicate an available appointment; blue and purple blocks indicate an unavailable time slot; gray blocks indicate a time that has already passed. Appointments last 30 minutes.

Scheduling an Appointment: Click on a white block for the time and advisor you would like to reserve. You will be asked to complete some information regarding the reason for your appointment. Once you have done this, click "Save Appointment" at the bottom of the pop-up window. Once your appointment has been entered into the system, the corresponding white block will turn orange.

If you need help using Wconline, you may call 617-541-5327 or drop by Building 2, Room 306.

Requesting an Advisor

If you would like to request that a particular professor become your advisor, you must:

  1. Complete this form with the professor.
  2. Submit the form to the Academic Advising Center (Building 2, Room 306) by September 19 (Fall semester) or January 31 (Spring semester).

Please note that the Department of Academic Advising will attempt to fulfill Advisor requests whenever possible. Submission of an Advisor Request form does not guarantee the assignment. Students will be able to identify their advisor by logging into https://myrcc.rcc.mass.edu/ after November 1 (Fall semester) and April 1 (Spring semester).

View your Academic Progress

Academic and Faculty Advisors are eager to assist students with understanding degree requirements, selecting appropriate courses, creating and reaching educational goals, and staying on track for graduation. Students are encouraged to meet regularly with their Academic Advisor or Faculty Advisor, and attend Advising events such as Majors Days and Advising Information Sessions.

Students are also encouraged to monitor their own progress towards program completion. You may review your program requirements, and the progress you have made towards fulfilling these requirements, at any time by logging into https://myrcc.rcc.mass.edu/ and viewing your Advising Worksheet.

Your Advising Worksheet displays your program requirements as well as the progress you have made towards completing your degree. Your Advising Worksheet will be an important tool throughout your academic career at RCC. You should periodically refer to it to ensure that you are registering for appropriate classes, and that you are on track to graduate.

For detailed instructions on how to access your Advising Worksheet, please click here. If you have questions about how to interpret your Advising Worksheet, please contact your Advisor.

Your ACS Professor will also help you to create an educational plan that will reflect your academic goals (including transfer to a 4-year college), career interests, and degree requirements.

Placement Tests

New Roxbury Community College students are required to take an Assessment/Placement Test to determine the appropriate course level at which to begin their studies. The Placement Test is used to evaluate students' skills level in English, Math and Science and identify academic strengths and needs. Students do not receive a "passing" or "failing" grade for these tests.

Students who have college-level documentation of a disability should visit the Disability Services page for information on applying for test accommodations.

Placement Test records remain valid for up to 3 years.

For more information please call 617-708-3628 or visit the Department of Testing and Assessment webpage.

Transfer Credit

Students who are interested in receiving transfer credit for college courses completed at another institution must submit their official, signed, and sealed transcripts to the Roxbury Community College Registrar in Academic Building 2. The Registrar reviews official transcripts and determines if transfer credit will be awarded.

Prerequisites

Please note that some courses have prerequisites.

Prerequisites are courses that must be successfully completed prior to registration for a particular course. An example is ENG 102 English Composition II: the prerequisite for ENG 102 is ENG 101 English Composition I. In order to register for ENG 102, you must successfully complete ENG 101.

The course catalogue states each course's prerequisite. A student may not register for a course that contains a prerequisite requirement without first successfully completing the necessary prerequisite.

If you completed prerequisite course(s) at another institution, you will need to submit your official transcript(s) to the Roxbury Community College Registrar. The Registrar determines course equivalencies and awards transfer credit.

Electives

Many degree programs have electives requirements. Electives provide you with a choice of classes that you must complete in a particular content area. For example, if your degree program requires that you complete 2 Humanities electives, then you may fulfill this requirement by selecting 2 courses from the list of Humanities electives.

Please note that a course that is required for your degree program will not simultaneously be counted as an Elective.

You may access the full list of Electives by clicking here.

Registering for Courses

Prior to registering for courses, you may view your Advising Worksheet to understand your program requirements and the progress you have made towards fulfilling these requirements. Your Advising Worksheet will tell you which courses you must still complete in order to complete your degree.

Please note that some courses have prerequisites and/or placement test requirements.

You should only register for courses that are listed on your Advising Worksheet as a degree requirement and/or courses that are necessary pre-requisites for your degree requirements. Please note that if you register for courses outside of your program of study, your Financial Aid may be impacted. If you have questions about your Financial Aid, please contact the Department of Financial Aid.

The following items will help you to understand which pre-requisite(s), if any, you must complete to attain your degree:

  1. The course catalogue, which states each course's prerequisite, if any.
  2. Your Advising Worksheet.
  3. Your placement test results.

Here is an example: If your degree program requires that you successfully complete SSI 123 Introduction to Sociology, then you must first successfully complete the pre-requisite course ENG 101 English Composition I, as stated in the course catalog. If your placement test result places you into ENG 99 Pre College Writing, then you must first successfully complete ENG 99 and ENG 101 before registering for SSI 123.

Students without holds may register online for classes during the Early Registration period, either independently or with the assistance of their advisor, by logging into https://myrcc.rcc.mass.edu/. For detailed instructions on how to register online, please click here.

For instructions on identifying your advisor and scheduling an advising appointment, please click here. If you have questions about the courses you must complete for your program, please review your Advising Worksheet and consult your Advisor.

Students who are not in Good Academic Standing may register for classes in accordance with the Academic Standing Policy and during the timeline outlined by this Policy.

A copy of the current Academic Standing Policy is available here. The Academic Standing Policy states the minimum grade point average required to maintain Good Academic Standing.

Online Registration

Students without holds may register online for classes during the Early Registration period by logging into https://myrcc.rcc.mass.edu/. For detailed instructions on how to register online, please click here.

Changing Your Major

Any student who wishes to change their major should first meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss the change of program. If you plan to change your major, you will need to complete a Change of Major Form with the assistance of an Academic Advisor.

Please note that students may not register for courses in the new Program of Study until the Change of Major form has been processed by the Registrar.

When the major change is approved, all program and graduation requirements in effect at the time of the major change must be fulfilled.

Please be aware that a major change may lengthen the time needed to complete graduation requirements and may affect financial aid eligibility.

Petitioning to Graduate

Students nearing completion of their degree or certificate program must complete a Petition to Graduate Form with the assistance of their Academic Advisor or Faculty Advisor, and submit the completed form to the Enrollment Center (Administration Building 2, Room 102). Petition to Graduate forms are available at the Academic Advising Center (Building 2, Room 306) and the Enrollment Center (Administration Building 2, Room 102).

Students who completed courses at another community college or university must submit a copy of their official transcript to the Registrar's Office in the Enrollment Center prior to petitioning to graduate.

All December, May, and August graduates are invited and encouraged to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony.

Good Academic Standing

A copy of the current Academic Standing Policy is available here. The Academic Standing Policy states the minimum grade point average required to maintain Good Academic Standing.

Students who demonstrate Good Academic Standing may register for classes during the Early Registration period of each semester. Students who are not in Good Academic Standing may register for classes in accordance with the Academic Standing Policy and during the timeline outlined by this Policy.

Resources

RCC offers a variety of free campus resources and services. You may read more about these resources here.

Contact

Academic Advising Center
Building 2, Room 306
617-541-5327