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  • Students are assigned a College Success Advisor or Faculty Advisor based on the students’ amount of earned college credits, academic path and home campus.
  • The assigned College Success Advisor or Faculty will work with the student towards a goal of success at Columbia State and timely graduation through a tailored process.
  • Students will remain with the College Success Advisor until they have successfully completed their first academic year of credits or equivalent.
  • The student will then transition to a Faculty Advisor in the area of their program of study.


After completing all admissions requirements incoming degree-seeking students with 24 transfer credit hours or less should complete the online student orientation. (Information can be found at Student Orientation.)

First-Time Advising Appointment

Once orientation is complete, incoming students are assigned to a College Success Advisor, please make a first-time advising appointment with your assigned advisor using Navigate. If you have difficulties making an appointment please email ChargerCenter@ColumbiaState.edu.

Returning and transfer students with more than 24 transfer credits should have an assigned advisor. If no advisor is assigned students should check with the division office of your declared major.

Finding Your Advisor

To find the name and contact information of the assigned advisor, log into ChargerNet and:

  • Click “Student” tab in green shaded area.
  • Click “My Advisor” button under Student Services.
  • Choose current term.
  • Identify “Primary Advisor” (If an advisor is not listed after three weeks of classes please contact ChargerCenter@ColumbiaState.edu).

Student Learning Outcomes for Advising:

As a result of actively participating in academic advising, students will:

  1. Understand program requirements, to include general education requirements.
  2. Create an academic plan based on his or her goals and interests.
  3. Use advising technology to make advising appointments, register each semester, and communicate with advisor.
  4. Utilize college student support services to meet academic, personal, and career goals.
  5. Locate college policies and procedures regarding registration, academic standing, and student conduct.


Student Responsibilities:

  • Checking their Columbia State student email regularly (individual class email may be separate).
  • Scheduling appointments when required or needed with an advisor.
  • Knowing important dates such as priority registration, schedule adjustment periods, financial aid deadlines, drop/withdrawal, etc.
  • Consulting with an advisor or instructor for referrals to college resources if experiencing academic difficulty.
  • Knowing the graduation requirements for their major and transfer institution if applicable.
  • Satisfying all requirements for degree completion and graduation.

Educational decisions are ultimately the student's responsibility. However, it is important for every student to receive academic advising to ensure the best possible choices are made. 

Advisor Role and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Be knowledgeable about and ensure students understand advising technology, academic programs, college policies and procedures, and graduation requirements.
  • Encourage and guide students to develop and pursue their goals and create an academic plan through graduation.
  • Refer students to appropriate campus resources.
  • Be accessible via phone, email, and by appointment and respond to students in a timely manner.
  • Follow through on actions promised to students.
  • Recommend appropriate classes and describe catalog of record and other tools/resources to assist students in course selection and registration.
  • Collaborate with program faculty to ensure a smooth transition to the faculty advisor.

Advising Checklist

Navigate: https://columbiastate.edu/Navigate

Manage your college-to-do list straight from your phone? Navigate is now mobile! Just search “Navigate Student” in the App Store or Google Play Store. After all, life is easier when your to-dos are at your fingertips. You can also go to https://columbiastate.navigate.eab.com and log in using your single-sign on credentials.

  • Consider career and educational goals.
  • Explore the Career Development and Choice-Of-Major Resources website at https://www.columbiastate.edu/career-development/index.html
  • Complete To-Do items in Navigate; to include but not limited to:
    • Complete FAFSA for current year
    • Complete the Major Explorer
    • Identify schedule limitations and preferences
    • Opt-in to needed resources (i.e. Tutoring, Study Buddies)
  • Complete online New Student Online Orientation at https://www.columbiastate.edu/campus-life/orientation.html
  • Review information on myChargerNet and Advising web pages
  • Sign into myChargerNet and read Email.
  • Sign up to receive ChargerAlerts.
  • Obtain student ID and parking decal
  • Check Navigate and academic calendar for advising, registration, and semester start dates
  • Make Early Advising appointment
  • Discuss academic and career goals with advisor
  • Review program requirements and create/modify advisor-guided academic plan
  • Check Email on a regular basis’
  • Respond to advising campaigns
  • Complete To-Do items in Navigate
  • Check with Financial Aid and make arrangements to pay balance in full by the first day of the semester
  • Apply for Foundation Scholarships
  • Clear all registration holds
  • Register and pay for classes
  • Purchase textbooks and supplies
  • Review Student Handbook and academic policies
  • Seek assistance from advisors, instructors, tutors, and other college resources as needed
  • See faculty advisor for degree audit
  • Register for final semester
  • Apply for graduation – you must apply for graduation even if you do not plan to participate in the commencement ceremony
It is the policy of Columbia State Community College to comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which is designed to protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable educational records of students.
Learn more about FERPA

Advising Technology

MyChargerNet (MyCN)
Online Campus
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