Advising & Orientation


Where’s the first place you should go if you’re considering Cleveland State Community College for your education? Where Advising, Counseling, Career Enhancement and Student Success is the order of the day: the ACCESS Center!

Your lifeline to success in college and beyond, the ACCESS Center promotes academic success, career preparation and personal development to prospective, new and current CSCC students and graduates. A variety of services are offered at the ACCESS Center, including staff who answer questions about CSCC enrollment, selecting a major and registering for classes. The ACCESS Center also provides services to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, improve study habits, request disability accommodations, find transfer information, get a job, appreciate diversity and locate other campus resources.

Whether you simply have a question or need to get connected to the appropriate resource, the ACCESS Center staff is ready to help you find success. Contact us at (423) 478-6217, stop by our office in room 118 of the Student Center, or click on the menu items for more information.


Academic advising at Cleveland State supports our institutional mission by aspiring to promote success and enhance quality of life in the development of life-long learners.  Academic advising is a collaboration between students, advisors, and institutional resources, designed to assist students in developing meaningful academic plans that lead to reaching academic and career goals.  Faculty advisors in the students’ academic focus area are the primary facilitators of this process.  New students are helped by New Student Advising and Registration (NSAR) advisors when they first enter the college, and continuing students can find their assigned advisor’s name in CougarNet.  Academic deans and/or advisors in the Summer Advising Center also provide assistance to transfer and readmit students.  Additional staff may also give advising assistance when needed.  Students may contact their academic advisor via phone or e-mail to schedule an appointment or get help from the dean of their area if scheduling conflicts arise.