Academic Advising

Blue Ridge Community College believes that a timely, appropriate, and interactive academic advising process is vital for providing our students with the tools they need for success. The College is committed to providing students with the guidance necessary to make appropriate academic and career decisions. Therefore, the goals of academic advising are to provide students with:

  • the information and guidance needed to complete course requirements in degree, diploma, and certificate programs;
  • an individual, professional point of contact for issues and concerns related to their success at the College;
  • information and guidance on transfer to four-year colleges and universities and to the work place.

New students are advised initially by an academic advisor in the Student Services division. Students who complete the process for being placed in a curriculum may also contact any full-time faculty member for academic guidance. Students are strongly encouraged to communicate on a regular basis with academic advisors. Academic advisors help students develop realistic goals, plan their programs of study, and make connections with appropriate resources. While academic advisors can provide students with valuable assistance throughout their academic careers at Blue Ridge Community College, the responsibility for knowing and fulfilling all requirements for graduation lies with the student.

The Advising Center offers educational support services to enrolled students. These services help students acquire skills and access resources and information that are necessary for academic success. Trained academic advisors are available to help students establish their occupational and educational goals, and to identify and address obstacles to academic achievement. In compliance with VCCS policy, BRCC does not provide counseling for mental health issues; therefore, academic advisors will provide appropriate referrals for students needing assistance related to mental health. A mental health resource page is available online at www.brcc.edu/services/support-programs/mental-health/index.html

Academic advisement services include, but are not limited to:

Academic Advising and Support

Academic advisors work with degree and non-degree seeking students to help them select courses and programs that meet their occupational and educational goals. Academic advisors also provide information and resources on the transfer requirements of four-year colleges and universities. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments for academic advising, but walk-in services are available.

Through course offerings, workshops, and advising sessions, students may learn how to manage time, study more effectively, and minimize test anxiety. Academic advisors will also refer students to appropriate professionals and community support services if personal problems are inhibiting the learning process.

Placement Testing

Students who wish to enroll in a curriculum or in college level English or mathematics courses must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Proficiency may be demonstrated through one or more of the following multiple measures:

  • Submit a high school transcript with qualifying GPA and English / Math courses completed (please review with a BRCC Academic Advisor).
  • Submit Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores of 480+ Reading/Writing and 530+ Math or ACT scores of 18+ English/Reading and 22+ Math.
  • Submit proof of successful completion of developmental or appropriate college-level English or mathematics classes through official college transcripts.
  • High school transcripts and test scores are valid for a period of five years.

Students who are not able to demonstrate proficiency using one or more of the multiple measures listed above will be required to take the English and/or math portions of the Virginia Placement Test (VPT). Placement testing is required for enrollment in math courses of MTH 263 and higher.

The Virginia Placement Tests (VPT) are administered Monday – Saturday during the academic semesters in the Testing Center. For testing hours, please visit www.brcc.edu/services/testingcenter/index.html. (Hours may vary during semester breaks and holidays so please call 540-453-2250 or email testingcenter@brcc.edu to verify Testing Center hours)

Peer Mentoring

The Peer Mentoring Program matches students who have successfully completed two or more semesters at BRCC with students who are at risk academically, or who are struggling to adjust to college life. Mentors and mentees meet one hour per week to discuss issues such as time management, study skills, and life balance. Mentors also provide information regarding college and community resources that may aid in the mentee’s success at BRCC. Interested students should contact the Peer Mentoring Coordinator at 540-453-2325 or smithw@brcc.edu.

Advising Center: https://www.brcc.edu/services/advising/

Transfer Advising: https://www.brcc.edu/services/advising/transfer/

Student Success Advising: https://www.brcc.edu/services/advising/academic-success/