Procedure Name:
Abraham Dones
Assistant Dean/Registrar, Admissions, Registration, and Records
Advising Services
Effective Date:
Transferred September 2016
Next Review Date:



New Students

New students learn about the advising process during ConnectSessions, Durham Tech’s student orientation. New students should reserve a spot in a ConnectSession after submitting their enrollment application.

After attending a ConnectSession, students should meet with an academic advisor during walk-in hours. Beginning the enrollment process early helps students avoid long wait times during walk-in advising and gives them access to a wider selection of course options. Academic advisors are specially trained to assist students with their transition to Durham Tech and first semester course selection. 

New students with 12 or more college-level credits who are exempt from a ConnectSession may schedule an online advising appointment or attend walk-in hours in Advising Services in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center (Building 10), room 10-200, or at Orange County Campus.

Current Students

Students pursuing a degree, diploma, or certificate at Durham Tech will be assigned a permanent faculty advisor from their program area during the beginning of their first semester. Advisors’ names will appear in the My Profile section of Self-Service and students may use the Employee Directory to find their contact information. Students should make an appointment prior to early registration to have access to a wider selection of courses. 

Visiting Students

Advising services are available for visiting students through online advising or during walk-in hours in Advising Services in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center (Building 10), room 10-200 or at Orange County Campus. 


Students should plan to meet with their assigned advisor each semester prior to registration. Students bear the responsibility for scheduling this appointment or submitting a request for online advising. 

Students should check the website for important dates and contact their advisor at least two weeks prior to their assigned registration time. During the summer, when faculty advisors are off contract, returning students may receive advising services in Advising Services or at Orange County Campus during walk-in hours or participate in online advising. 

Students having trouble with their classes or experiencing difficulties adjusting to college are encouraged to speak with their advisor sooner. Advisors can also be a great resource as students explore career options or make plans to transfer to a four-year institution. Students should feel free to seek advice from their academic advisor as they face significant educational decisions. 


  • Students should check their ConnectMail account regularly for updates from their advisor and other college departments.
  • Students should schedule appointments with their advisor in a timely manner and arrive on time.
  • Students should review their plan of study and think about which classes they would like to take prior to their meeting.
  • Students should become familiar with the academic policies and procedures outlined in the College Catalog.
  • Students should seek assistance as soon as a problem arises.


Connecting with faculty advisors is important for students’ academic success. Advisors can help students accomplish the following:

  • Assess their interests, abilities, and career goals.
  • Select courses required to complete their degree.
  • Make full use of the resources and facilities at Durham Tech.
  • Understand college policies and procedures.
  • Develop strategies to be successful in the college environment and beyond.