Academic advising is central to the educational experience at Centenary College. The advisor-advisee relationship extends the teaching and learning process through which students realize their academic goals. At Centenary, academic advising is an integrated process that fosters and supports student success, empowering students in their pursuit of educational, professional, and life goals.

Advising by Year

Advisor Responsibilities

As an academic advisor, your responsibilities are to:

  • Assist students in planning their academic program.
  • Approve each student's course schedule for each semester, including all changes in registration.
  • Prepare a degree plan with your advisee. This must be completed and approved by the end of the sophomore year. Peer mentors in the Learning Commons are available to assist students in filling out their degree plan.
  • Be available for consultation regarding your advisee’s academic, personal, and social concerns, and make referrals as needed. If you learn of an advisee having challenges, make a note in Dropout Detective. This will alert key support staff so that they can extend help.
  • Be available 

Advisee Responsibilities

Your advisee’s responsibilities are to:

  • Pursue information, advice, and perspective from faculty and staff, with help from their advisor for referrals
  • Ask questions
  • Know graduation requirements and keep track of progress towards a degree by using their Degree Plan
  • Know academic deadlines (add, drop, course withdrawal, registration, etc.), which can be found in the Academic Catalogue and online 
  • Know the College’s policy regarding academic honesty 
  • Know how to prepare for registration appointments by following their advisor’s direction.
  • Research possible future plans: major, study abroad, career fields, etc. by talking with the appropriate campus resources
  • Let their advisor know about academic difficulties

Important Information 

Catalogue Version
Please remember to advise (course registration and degree planning) based on the catalogue year under which the student-advisee entered Centenary. Changes to curriculum do not apply to previous catalogues. To take advantage of any catalogue or policy changes, a student may opt to graduate under a more recent catalogue. However, they may not revert to a version prior to their admission to Centenary.

Account Holds and Banner PIN
In order for students to register for classes, they must have resolved any holds on their account and know their six-digit Banner PIN. You and your advisees can check to see if they have holds in Banner.

Degree Plan
A degree plan must be filed before they apply for candidacy for graduation. Students must file their degree plans, approved by their advisors and endorsed by the Registrar, by the end of the spring of their sophomore year. If not received by the end of the spring of their sophomore year, a hold will be placed on a student’s account until the degree plan is turned in to the Office of the Registrar.

Repeat and Replace
By permission of the current instructor or Provost, any student may repeat once any course at Centenary for which credit has been earned. Learn more

“Handle Your Business”
Refer students to the Registrar’s “Handle Your Business” resource page to keep them accountable and on track for graduation. 

New, Important, or Recently Changed Policies

  • Students may not drop Trek 115. Students may opt to use an ABC/NC/XF grading system, which means that if they earn a D or F but attend regularly, they will receive an NC (no credit) and will be permitted to retake the course in the subsequent semester. If they stop attending and exceed the maximum allowable days absent, they will earn an XF in the course. The decision to opt in to the ABC/NC/XF grading system should be done in consultation with the student's TREK instructor, and the grade modification form must be completed by the week after midterm (same as the drop deadline).
  • All first-year students must take Trek 115. Transfer students with 27 hours of credit plus a college level writing course are exempt from TREK 115.
  • Students within 8 hours of degree completion may commence at graduation. See the full policy. 
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy The institution does not discriminate in its educational and employment policies against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or on any other basis proscribed by federal, state, or local law.