Student Services :: Academic Advising

Current Students

Current program placed students at Virginia Western will find their assigned faculty advisor within MyVWCC. (Access the Navigate MyVWCC for instructions on how to find their faculty advisor.) Those students who are non-degree seeking should visit the Advising Center for academic advising assistance. Students also have a Program Advisor who can assist them.

Program Advisors vs Faculty Advisors

Program Advisors will:

  • Advise returning students considering a change of major about programs of study within the academic school.
  • Assist students in understanding transfer agreements and navigating the transfer process.
  • Advise returning, program-placed students when Faculty Advisors are unavailable.

Faculty Advisors will:

  • Advise assigned students regarding academic planning, program completion, applying for graduation, and other college processes.
  • Assist students in understanding program-related transfer agreements.
  • Support students in investigating transfer opportunities and navigating the transfer process.

Additional Information

Selecting/Changing your Program of Study

Virginia Western offers a variety of programs and certificates to meet students’ needs.

Career Studies Program — A course of study in a specific occupational area that consists of less than 30 credit hours. In general, these programs of study prepare students for a very specific occupation and do not prepare students for transfer to a four year institution.

Certificate Program — A course of study in a specific occupational area that consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours. In general, these programs of study prepare students for a specific occupation and do not prepare students for transfer to a four year institution.

Associate of Applied Science — A course of study in an occupational area that consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours. In general, these programs of study prepare students for the work world. Some of these programs are transferrable to a four year institution, but the objective is to prepare students for a specific career.

Associate of Science/Associate of Art — A course of study in a subject area that consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours. In general, these programs of study prepare students to transfer to a four year institution and complete a four year degree. These degrees are not designed to prepare students to immediately enter the workforce.

  • Undecided about your long term goal? Visit the Hall Associates Career Center.
  • Unsure of which program of study best matches your long term goal? Visit a Program Advisor or your Faculty Advisor.

Advising Syllabus

The advising syllabus outlines the shared responsibilities of advisors and students. It provides valuable information and offers a guide to advising services that encourages students to take action. Using this syllabus will help students ensure that they are well-informed and smoothly progress towards their educational success goal.

Advising Syllabus (PDF)

Understanding Credit Hours

In general, a college level class consists of three credit hours, although there is some variation depending on subject. Each credit represents an hour of classroom instruction. As a general rule, a student should expect to spend two hours outside of the classroom studying and preparing for class to every one hour spent in the classroom. Thus, a three credit class would take three hours in the classroom and six hours outside the classroom.

Full time at Virginia Western is considered 12 credit hours. Students may take up to 18 credits per fall and spring semester without seeking approval. Students may take up to 12 credits in the summer semester without seeking approval. Attempting credits beyond these limits requires approval from the Admissions Office Manager. Please see this link for more information about overloads.

Depending on your program of study and developmental education requirements, you will probably need to take more than 12 credits hours (equivalent to full-time) each semester if you intend to complete your program of study “on time” (two years for an associate degree; less than two years for a certificate). A recommended sequence for the courses required within each program is listed in the college catalog.

Graduating from Virginia Western

To obtain a degree, a student must apply for graduation during his/her final semester. The graduation application must be processed with the assistance of a students’ faculty advisor. To be well prepared to graduate, be sure the do the following:

  • Check your advisement report through MyVWCC and ensure that all requirements have been met.
  • Check the degree requirements of your program with the catalogue that you entered in under.
  • Make an appointment with your assigned faculty advisor before the application due date.

Virginia Western holds one graduation ceremony each year, in May. Students who will graduate within that academic year (the previous fall, that spring or that summer) should apply for graduation and participate in the ceremony. Visit the Graduation page for more details.

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