Academic Advising at SCC

The purpose of college advising is to assist students in making informed decisions about their educational pathways and to connect students with the tools they need to be successful at Southeastern Community College.

Students may schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor in-person or virtually. Schedule an appointment online here or by phone at 910.642.7141.

Walk-ins (without an appointment) are always welcome during operational hours on a first-come, first-serve bases at the Student Services center in A-Building.

  • Schedule appointments to meet with your advisor on a regular basis to ensure you are on the right path (this includes calling to cancel or reschedule in a timely manner if necessary).
  • Know your graduation plan and graduation requirements.
  • Come prepared with all relevant materials (including a copy of your graduation plan, information from your desired transfer institution(s) if appropriate, questions you may have, etc.).
  • Follow through with actions discussed during the advising session.
  • Maintain an open, caring, and professional environment
  • Be available to students through email and office hours
  • Be knowledgeable about program offerings, college policies and procedures, and graduation requirements
  • Assist students in developing educational and career goals
  • Refer students to appropriate campus resources to meet their academic needs

Recognition of full-time students who excel in their academic work at SCC. View full information in the online College Catalog & Student Handbook.

Students working toward completion of a degree, certificate, or diploma must complete all required courses in their program with a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA (C average). The chart below describes the minimum GPA that students in a curriculum must achieve in order to maintain satisfactory academic progress toward graduation–or to receive D.V.A. benefits or financial aid.

* To assist students in maintaining satisfactory progress, free counseling and tutoring services are available, in addition to faculty advising.


Cumulative Semester Hours Attempted Minimum Cumulative GPA Earned
0-16 1.25
17-30 1.50
31-45 1.75
46 or more 2.00

*Additional measurements of progress are considered in determining satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes. Students should obtain a copy of “Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for Financial Aid Recipients” from the Financial Aid Office.



When students earn below the minimum cumulative GPA, they are placed on “Academic Warning” for the semester enrolled. The students, with the assistance of their advisor, will reassess course load (a 13-15 credit hour maximum recommendation) and academic goals for the next term of enrollment.


When students earn below the minimum cumulative GPA for the second consecutive semester, they are considered on “Academic Probation I” and are no longer eligible for financial aid or D.V.A. benefits for the next term of enrollment. Students, with the assistance of their advisor, will develop a plan to reach a satisfactory GPA. This plan may consider, among other options, a referral to a counselor for a change of major/program. If full-time students earn a semester GPA of 3.0 or better for the semester in which they are on Academic Probation I but do not yet meet the required cumulative GPA in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Scale, they remain on Academic Probation I.


When students earn below the minimum required cumulative GPA for three consecutive semesters, then they are on “Academic Probation II.” In addition to receiving no financial aid or D.V.A. benefits, they are no longer considered regular students and must adhere to the following during the next term of enrollment:

  1. Re-register (If pre-registered, registration is nullified.)
  2. Take no more than six credit hours

If students earn a semester GPA of 3.0 or better for the semester in which they are on Academic Probation II but do not yet meet the required cumulative GPA in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Scale, they remain on Academic Probation II.


Once students earn the required cumulative GPA, they will be removed from unsatisfactory academic progress status. However, academic warning and academic probation statements are a part of students’ permanent records.”

Watermark is an early alert referral system implemented to help students succeed in their academic goals. SCC began using Watermark, a software retention tool, in January 2017. It allows faculty and staff to monitor student progress and gain a deeper understanding of their successes and challenges. Students can use Watermark to access transcripts, view grades and attendance, and to communicate with their success team.

Success teams are established for each student based on their program of study to include instructors, the student’s advisor, and Student Services staff serving as Success Coaches. The success team works together to determine student success factors based on the real-time early alert data provided in Watermark and reaches out to offer support and assistance early, when academic or personal interventions will be most effective for success at SCC.

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