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Academic advising at MCC is a college-wide effort dedicated to helping you reach your educational goals. Members of the college community provide guidance, encouragement and resources based on their specific areas of expertise.

Academic Year Advising (Fall/Spring Semesters)

Every student admitted to a degree or certificate program is assigned to an academic advisor within that program. You should meet with your advisor at least twice a semester to review your learning plan, evaluate the progress you are making towards graduation / transfer, and select courses for the upcoming semester. You and your advisor will work together to develop and refine your academic plan, address challenges, and identify opportunities.

Find your academic advisor today.

Academic Advising Center

The Academic Advising Center (Room 248) provides advising to pre-nursing, liberal arts, non-matriculated students (those not admitted to a degree or certificate program) and to matriculated students when their faculty advisors are not available. The Academic Advising Center also assists with the course placement process, change of major requests, and incoming transfer credit. Students can drop in during the hours noted below or can make an appointment through Student Navigate (link) or by:

Calling (603) 206-8140
(351) 277-3231
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Visiting in person Room 248

Advisor Availability

Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 6pm

other times are available by appointment

The mission of the Academic Advising Center is to foster learning and help students achieve their highest academic potential. MCC students may use the services in the Academic Advising Center to become successful, independent learners through collaboration with the rest of the college community.

Academic support services are provided free of charge to all MCC students. Individualized tutoring and small group tutoring is available. The tutoring staff includes professional tutors and peer tutors chosen for their academic excellence in their specific academic areas.

The Academic Advising Center offers assistance in soft skills, such as: study skills, test taking, and time management, as well as support for ELL students.

Placement and testing services and outgoing career and transfer services are also available.

Academic Advising Center Staff

Lindsay Conway
Director of Academic Advising
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(603) 206-8144

Sara Ackerson
Career Counselor
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(603) 206-8143

Maria Como
Academic Advising Center Secretary
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(603) 206-8145

Shelley Duquette
Transfer Counselor
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(603) 206-8171

Glenn Fearnley
ELL Academic Support Specialist
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(603) 206-8176

The Faculty Academic Advisor

  • Helps students define realistic educational goals.
  • Reviews the student's Personal Academic Plan.
  • Aids students with course selection.
  • Monitors the student's progress toward educational goals and helps resolve academic difficulties.
  • Refers students to campus support services as needed.
  • Maintains accurate records for each advisee.

The student is ultimately responsible for his/her own success, and should initiate contact with their faculty advisor regularly throughout the semester.

Advising Sessions and Information

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Initial Advising Session for NEW Students

Your initial advising session with your academic advisor will cover many topics all critical to your success. They include:

Clarifying your Academic Goals

  • What do you plan to do after graduation; transfer or enter the workplace?
  • Do you plan to be full time (12 credits) or part time (less than 12 credits), and how your choice will affect your Financial Aid status.
  • Are you aware of, a transfer database outlining how MCC courses transfer to four year colleges?

Identifying your Academic Strengths

  • when are you at your best: days, nights, online, weekends?
  • how do you like to learn: hands-on, aural, visual, read/write?
  • do you have transfer credit and was it formally evaluated?
  • do you have a degree program checklist for your major?

Ensuring an Academic Balance in your First Semester

  • do you work and if so, how many hours?
  • do you have any other outside commitments that might impact academics?
  • think about times when you will meet with your advisor during the semester.

Student Information System (SIS)

The Student Information System (SIS) is the administrative portal for students to access all of their MCC information, including grades, billing information, schedules, etc. SIS can be found under the "Quick Links" tab on the college website.

Subsequent Advising Sessions for CONTINUING Students

Ongoing conversations with your academic advisor will focus on your academic progress and goals. You will likely discuss:

  • your Personal Academic Plan (developed in the College Success Seminar class): are you implementing the strategies you identified for your success; do you need to modify any of them?
  • have you experienced any surprises or challenges and are you taking advantage of college support services and resources to address them?
  • are you making the progress you expected?
  • if you are planning to go into the workforce, have you developed a resume, looked at job opportunities, joined professional organizations?
  • if you are planning to transfer, have you researched your options and begun the application process? Are you aware of timelines for transfer?

SENIOR Advising Sessions

Seniors should meet with their advisors in the fall to ensure that their degree requirements are satisfied and plan their final semester(s). Topics you will discuss with your advisor are centered around commencement and your academic transition out of Manchester Community College.

Early in the spring semester, the Registrar's Office will request "Petition to Graduate" forms which will require your advisor's signature. Obtaining the signature should happen after you have met and determined that your degree requirements have been met. In addition, you should discuss:

  • Will you have completed all course requirements in time for May commencement?
  • Do you have a cgpa of at least 2.0?
  • Have you requested letters of recommendation from faculty for current or future use?
  • Have you taken advantage of Career Fairs, Job Fairs, and other career services?
  • Will you be an active participant at MCC as an alumnus?

For students who will not complete all course requirements in time for May commencement, the CCSNH system policy allows for students to participate in May ceremonies under the following conditions:

  • The student may not have more than 6 credits left to complete;
  • The student must complete all coursework by the end of the summer session immediately following the May commencement.
  • While the student may participate in the Commencement ceremony, the degree will not be awarded until all degree requirements have been met.
  • The student must send a letter requesting participation in commencement and proof of registration for summer classes to the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs no later than May 1st of the commencement year.

College Services - Quick Reference Information

Student Services

Office of Admissions
  • First point of contact for students
  • Assistance choosing program
  • Coordination of all initial paperwork for admissions process including application, high school and college transcripts, etc.
Bursar's Office
  • Payment center for all college payments
  • Development of payment plan
  • Assistance with billing problems
Financial Aid Office
  • Provides federal student loans and Pell grants
  • Provides information on scholarships
  • Only classes required in students program are covered
  • Fulltime is 12 credits; minimum for part time status is 6 credits
  • Students can retake failed or withdrawn classes once using financial aid
  • Work Study opportunities
Registrar's Office
  • Add and Drop Classes
  • Check availability of classes
  • Enrollment verifications
  • Student must be matriculated and have a 2.0 cgpa to graduate
  • VA education benefit questions
Student Life
  • Opportunity outside the classroom to learn, experience and grow.
  • Clubs – academic and personal interest
  • Trips – service and educational
  • Fitness center and intramural sports
Student Support Services
  • Connect students with campus resources
  • Short term personal counseling
  • Referral to community resources
  • Access to food pantry
  • Veteran's support services coordination

Academic Services

Academic Affairs
  • Academic Appeals
  • Referrals to faculty for student concerns
  • One-on-one research help, drop-in and appointments available
  • Electronic books and journals, and research subject guides online 24/7
  • Free borrowing of materials from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan)
Office of Online Learning
  • Canvas assistance, training and consultation for faculty and students

Other Services

Campus Safety
  • Ensuring everyone feels safe on campus
  • Lost and Found
  • Parking Stickers through receptionist
Workforce Development
  • English as a Second Language services and coursework
  • Work Ready NH - preparation for under employed workers
  • Professional Certificates and non-credit continuing education