Below you will find a collection of some of our most frequent inquiries. If your specific question is not answered here, please feel free to e-mail us at

Decision making about courses, programs, and options is always in the hands of the student.

What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advising is meeting with an advisor and discussing your short and long term goals and possible strategies that you may utilize as you approach your academic coursework at QVCC. You and your advisor will review placement test scores, degree requirements, and how transfer credits are integrated into your program. Reviewing course offerings, exploring options, and planning for future semesters are all ingredients for academic success. Decision making is always in the hands of the student. A student should always ensure they have all the information they need to make an informed decision.

  • Know your advisor – name, location, office hours, phone number, email address, etc.
  • Meet with your advisor at least once a semester to discuss academic goals and interests as well as career and professional plans
  • Keep track yourself of your academic record—have a clear understanding of the requirements you need to complete for both your major and general education courses
  • Come prepared to registration meetings—review the course schedule in advance and develop a list of possible courses. Review your curriculum sheet and/or degree audit. Jot down any questions or topics that you may wish to discuss with your advisor
  • Meet with your advisor if you are experiencing academic difficulty
  • Ask questions! Take charge of your academic career—you are ultimately responsible for your own academic decisions

Unsure About Your Major?
Consider visiting the Career Center! Make an appointment with a person on staff here at QVCC (860) 932-4008 and investigate an array of career fields and explore a multitude of options.

How many classes should I take?

Consider your work and family obligations. Remember the time needed to devote to each course. A typical rule of thumb is that for every hour of class time – plan on three hours of study. So each three credit course will require at a minimum nine hours of study time. It also depends on the type of class and your own personal weaknesses and strengths. College is not a race! It’s not the accumulation of credits – it’s building a foundation in order to tackle the next set of courses and being successful in your current courses and most importantly enjoying the learning experience.

What is a prerequisite?

A prerequisite is a course or series of courses that are required before taking a more advanced course. It prepares you for a higher level course. It is important to be aware of all courses that are required in your program as well as the sequence of courses that you should be considering along the way.

Adding a course?

Students may add courses through the dates shown on the academic calendar of each semester, provided:  (1) there is an opening in the desired class, (2) the student meets prerequisites, if any and (3) an advisor approves the change. After the add period a student must, in addition to the above, obtain written permission from the instructor and authorization from the dean of academic affairs.

Dropping a course?
Student may drop a course up to the drop date as specified in the academic calendar. To drop a course the student must complete the appropriate forms available at the Information Desk. Unless the dean of academic affairs authorizes a late drop due to extenuating circumstances, late drops will not be permitted.

Things to consider:
Before altering your schedule we strongly encourage you to talk with an advisor and the Financial Aid Office if you are receiving financial aid, as this action may have academic and financial impact on your individual situation.

How do I calculate my GPA?
Grade points for a semester are calculated by multiplying the numerical weight allocated to each grade times the semester hours of credit assigned to each course. The GPA is determined by dividing the total number of grade points by the total number of semester hours of credit attempted by the student.

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