Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I need to see an academic advisor each semester?ANSWER: When you were a new student at KCC you should have discussed your educational/career goals with an academic advisor, while developing an educational plan. After that initial session, you are not required to meet with an advisor. However, if you need to change your major, clarify your career goals, or work on concerns related to your educational progress you may want to contact the advising staff.
2. What if I just have a quick question?ANSWER: Advisors are available for quick questions. They are available on a walk-in basis in the Academic Advising Department or you may choose to ask questions online, or call Academic Advising at 269.965.4124 or 1.800.955.4522 (Branch, Barry & Calhoun counties only), or you may come to the Acadmic Advising and meet with an advisor.
3. What is required to be a full time student?ANSWER: A full time student is one who enrolls in a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
4. Can I complete my associate degree in two years if I go to classes part-time?ANSWER: It is not possible to complete an Associate Degree in 2 years attending classes as a part time student. If the student wants to complete their associate degree in two years they will need to successfully complete 15 credits in their program each fall and spring semester for two years plus 3 to 6 credits in a summer semester. This does not include prerequisite courses.
5. What if I need help during the semester?ANSWER: During the semester always ask questions of your instructor. If you need additional support contact the Academic Advising department. If you need tutoring contact Support Services.
6. How many credits can I take in a semester?ANSWER: 12 credits are considered full time. Many students take more than 12 credits. An important consideration is how many hours of class time, homework time, work hours and personal responsibilities you are committing to. For each hour you are in class you need to plan to spend 2 to 3 hours in homework per week.
7. What is the difference between and Associate’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree?ANSWER: Most associate’s degrees are 62 to 64 credit hours. A bachelors degree is most often 120 to 135 credit hours with a minimum number of credit hours required at the degree granting institution. Each institution may vary in their graduation requirements.
8. If I need to talk about a personal problem, can I do that?ANSWER: Yes. If your problem is related to academic processes, an advisor will have resources to assist you. If you would like to talk with a counselor, check the counseling resource page of this site. If you would like more information about community agencies, check out the Community Resource notebook in the Advising Center. This resource is kept behind the secretary’s desk and you just need to ask to review it.