Educational Planning Center (Advising)
Office Hours & Contacts
Central Campus, A415
To speak to an advisor, please call Dallas Colleges Online:
For other questions or to leave a message for a North Lake advisor:
M-R 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
F 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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The Educational Planning Center (Academic Advising) is available to students, prospective students and alumni. Advisors will help you plan the best program for your interests and abilities.
All students entering college for the first time are required to meet with an advisor. Advisement sessions are scheduled after you have completed assessment testing.
Contact an Advisor
Your Advisor Will Help You
- Develop an educational plan based on your interests and abilities;
- Choose the degree, field of study or certificate offered at North Lake that best matches your goals, or learn about possible majors offered by four-year colleges and universities;
- Select courses to meet your educational goals, including courses that will transfer;
- Plan your class schedule; and
- Learn how to complete the registration process.
Meeting with an Advisor
Academic advisors are available to meet with you throughout the year – not just at registration time. For many students, academic advising is done on a walk-in basis. It's a good idea to meet with an advisor in person before the beginning of registration for the term you plan to enroll.
Before Seeing an Advisor
- Complete assessment testing if required.
- Read your college catalog. Be familiar with the courses and requirements for your degree plan.
- Look through the class schedule to get an idea of courses you might want to take.
Filing a Degree or Certificate Plan
You should file a degree plan request toward the end of your first semester of enrollment. Degree plan requests are not normally processed for students who have no credits earned with us. If you are receiving Veterans' benefits or are enrolling as an international student, please check with your Veterans or International advisor regarding procedures for filing your degree plan request.
Stop Before You Drop
Under a new Texas law (TEC Section 51.907), if you drop too many classes without having an acceptable reason, your GPA could be affected. Be sure you understand how this law may affect you before you drop a class.
Students are responsible for understanding and complying with the academic standards and procedures of North Lake College. (Click here for Fall 2014 procedures).