Academic Advising

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Academic advising is available for students who have been admitted to Parkland and are ready to plan classes. If you are a prospective student, please start by contacting Admissions at 217/351-2482.

What is Academic Advising? 

Academic advising and educational planning are provided to support students in the completion of their chosen degree or certificate. Students are also helped to successfully navigate the transfer process.

This may include:

  • Planning a program of study
  • Selecting semester courses
  • Finding academic support resources
  • Preparing for transfer
  • Setting goals for future learning

Academic advising at Parkland is mainly accomplished through scheduled appointments. To make an advising appointment, click on Appointment Scheduling. Students may also email their designated academic success advisor or from your Parkland student email account. On Wednesdays (Walk-In Wednesdays), all advising is done by walk-in in room U267 or by calling 217/351-2219 from 9 am – 4 pm; during the rest of the week, walk-ins may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

New and returning students: complete Parkland's online orientation before you meet with an advisor:

Advising Areas of Interest

Parkland's academic success advisors each specialize in specific academic areas. Degree-seeking students are paired with a designated advisor based on their plan of study at Parkland. Areas of Interest (AOI) include:

Applied Technology, Aviation, & Agriculture

Majors include: Agriculture, Automotive, Horticulture, Aviation, Construction Management, HVAC, Electronic Control Systems, Industrial Technology, Welding, Case New Holland, Diesel Power, Ford ASSET, Land Surveying

Business & Computer Science Technologies

Majors include: Accounting, Business, Computer Science & Information Systems, Business Administrative Technology, Data Systems & Development, Network Administration & Support, Digital Media

Fine & Applied Arts

Majors include: Art & Design, Art Education, Broadcast Technology, Communication, Entertainment Technology, Media Arts & Production, Music Education, Music Foundations, Music Performance, Photography, Theatre

Health Professions/Pre-Health Professions

For students with the goal of getting into a selective admissions health profession program at Parkland

Humanities & Social Sciences

Majors include: Criminal Justice, Education, English, History, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology

Science, Engineering, & Mathematics

Majors include: Biological Sciences, Kinesiology, Personal Fitness Training, Mathematics, Physical Science, Engineering Science


The following links may be helpful for general information:

Transferring to a four-year school can feel complicated. Our advisors are here to help! Talk to your advisor about your transfer plans, and check out Parkland's Transfer website for more.