Academic Advising Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the Academic Calendar.

Academic Advising is the interactive process of guiding students through course selection based on assessment outcomes, intended academic/career goals and future transfer colleges and universities.

Counseling is the provision of assistance and guidance in resolving personal, social, and psychology problems and difficulties by a professional.

Yes. It is recommended that students be advised early each semester to determine course planning and transfer eligibility.

The Texas State Initiative (TSI) Hold is placed on a student’s record when the student does not meet college readiness standards in Math, Reading, and/or Writing on the Texas State Initiative Assessment (TSIA). These students are required to be advised each semester until they complete their developmental sequence(s).

A TSI Initial Hold is placed on all new student records, some of which may be TSI complete or TSI incomplete.

All students being advised must be prepared to show the Advisor their valid photo ID.

You should have the following information PRIOR to visiting with an academic advisor:

These students must meet with an academic advisor PRIOR to registering for courses:
  • Students who are not College Ready (those who fail any part of the state-required assessment test)
  • Students on Academic Probation
  • Students on Scholastic Suspension
It is a software program designed to provide students with a comprehensive set of web-based academic advising, degree audit, and transfer articulation tools to help students and advisors negotiate the institution’s curriculum requirements.
All admissions documentation must be submitted to Enrollment Services/Admissions prior to meeting with an academic advisor.
Please visit Testing and Assessment for more information.
Advisors do not register students for courses. Registration can be completed in your myBLINN account. Click on the My Records tab under Registration Tools, then, click add or drop courses. Click here for a guide on How to Register.
The Math Placement Exam (MPE) is a free, online assessment required for those students who wish to enroll in Pre-calculus (MATH 2412) or Calculus I (MATH 2413).

A Q drop is a notation on a student’s transcript when a class is dropped without academic penalty. A student is only allowed 6 Q drops during the entire undergraduate academic career. This means the number of Q drops a student uses will follow him/her to other colleges.

A W (withdrawal) noted on a transcript is a complete removal from coursework due to unforeseen circumstances. Withdrawals must be documented and approved by the college. No penalty is assessed on the student’s academic transcript.

It is never too early to contact your intended transfer institution. A visit to the college/university campus is encouraged. It is highly recommended to stay in contact with your transfer institution for the most up to date transfer requirements.
Academic Advisors do not provide information regarding financial aid. Please visit Financial Aid for more information.
Students with documented disabilities may seek support from Blinn College’s Office of Disability Services. Students are encouraged to contact this office as early as possible to initiate services. To make an appointment or to receive more information about services on all campuses, please contact the Office of Disability Services.
It is generally not suggested for incoming freshman to take an online course.

There are several types of two types of online courses:

Online: Online courses are completed entirely online within a virtual classroom environment. In the course schedule, online course section numbers begin with "N."
Hybrid (blended): Blended courses combine online learning with traditional classroom instruction. In the course schedule, blended (hybrid) course section numbers begin with "B."
Students can drop a course online in the myBLINN account. Under the My Records tab, select Registration Tools, Add/Drop course.

The first step for changing your major(s) is to meet with an academic advisor in order to determine the appropriateness of the major(s).  Consulting with your academic advisor ensures you are following the appropriate degree track(s).

You can submit the change of major through your  myBLINN account.

  1. Log in to your account with your username and your password.
    • Username: FirstName.LastNamexx (where xx is the last 2 digits of your Blinn ID #)
    • Default password: your birth date (MMDDYY) or use the password you have set
  2. Once you are signed in, click the Admissions Forms icon.
    Admissions Forms
  3. Click "Change of Major Form - Associate of Applied Science Degrees, Certificates & Occupational Skills" under Additional Admissions & Records Forms and follow the instructions within the form.


  4. Click "Change of Major Form - Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees" under Additional Admissions & Records Forms and follow the instructions within the form.
Tutoring is available for free in the Learning Centers on the Brenham and Bryan Campuses. Visit Tutoring for more information. Students on the Schulenburg and Sealy Campuses should contact Enrollment Services for tutoring information.
Students can calculate a GPA in Degree Works. To access Degree Works, please visit your myBlinn account. Select the Student Links tab. On the bottom right side of the screen, select Degree Works. Then select, GPA Calc tab. Under the term calculator you can enter letter grades to calculate your semester GPA.
Students can request a transcript online. Unofficial transcripts may be printed from a student’s myBlinn account.
Part-time student worker jobs are available in various offices throughout the campuses. Job search and application are available online through the Human Resources web page.

Students who are not college ready and have an advising hold must come in to meet with advisors to have the hold removed prior to dropping their class.  If students do not have a hold, they are not required to meet with an advisor prior to dropping a course; however, a visit with Financial Aid and Housing is recommended, if applicable, prior to dropping a course. Please note that advisors do not drop students. 

Within the course syllabus, most instructors address absences. Most instructors will excuse the absence if you can provide written verification of illness from a doctor. Excused absences do not, however, excuse you from the requirements of the course. If you must miss an exam because of illness, call or e-mail your instructor before the absence. Talk with your instructor immediately following an absence to get advice about making up missed work.