Academic Advising Frequently Asked Questions
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:
- Active Blinn College Application
- Test Scores or Test Score Exemptions
- High School Transcript or GED Certificate
- Prior College Transcripts, if applicable (includes dual credit)
- 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
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.
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."
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.
- 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
- Once you are signed in, click the Admissions Forms icon.
- 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.
- 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.
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.