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Class Code: 253L
Category: Education


Advise and assist students and prospective students in planning a program of study designed to achieve their academic goals.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general direction, assist students in planning their academic program.  Advise and/or refer those students encountering academic and/or personal problems affecting their course of study.

Typical Work

Explain course offering and prerequisite requirements; interpret institutional/departmental policies and degree and transfer requirements; 

Determine eligibility for students' admission; explain course equivalence for credits earned from other schools; 

Approve adding courses, dropping courses, and withdrawals; approve exceptions to certain rules within established guidelines such as approve all morning classes for students having to work afternoons; 

Check student progress toward degree; review and approve graduation applications; 

Assist in development, preparation and updating of advising materials; 

Give presentations to prospective students and parents; participate in career and college fairs and student orientations; 

Update and maintain a computerized database for advising purposes; 

Maintain automated and manual records of student progress and prepare reports as required; 

Answer telephone inquiries and correspondence regarding entrance and degree requirements, course content and related information; 

Refer students to on- or off-campus services; 

Provide career and placement information; 

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

High school graduation or equivalent


Two years of work in student services or related area  

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 3-7-73
Revise Class/MQ: 9-9-94
Revised new class code: (formerly 4410) effective July 1, 2007