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Student Advising at EFSC

Academic advising services are located in the Student Center at each of our campuses. Advisors assist current and prospective students with planning your degree program, understanding your responsibilities as a student and succeeding in your academic career at Eastern Florida State College (EFSC). Advisors can also refer you to other resources available at Eastern Florida, including:

myGPS: Graduation Plan for Success Degree Audit Tool which lets students track their progress toward program completion and explore the impact of changing their academic path.

Transfer GPS: Graduation Plans for Success which help A.A. students plan coursework to prepare for bachelor's degree programs at the university and Florida College System level.

• EFSC offers the Transfer Equivalency Self-Service audit tool known as TESS so those considering a transfer to Eastern Florida can see how their transferred classes would articulate and apply toward a degree at the College.

To get quick answers to frequent questions and read tips for student success, click on the resources listed below:

12 Steps to Becoming a Successful Student

  • Start each term highly motivated and be determined to stay that way. Be prepared to commit 2-3 hours of study and preparation for every hour spent in class.
  • Plan to attend EVERY class and BE ON TIME, which demonstrates your commitment and interest. If you are absent, it is up to you to get together with your instructor for missed assignments. Check with a classmate for lecture notes you missed.
  • Preview and review all reading assignments at the end of each school day.
  • Apply techniques that enhance your memory skills.
  • Take notes in class and review them within 24 hours. Rewrite your notes to improve your memory.
  • Adjust your study time to meet the demands of individual courses. Develop a time management system for each day and week. Prioritize what you need to do each day.
  • Seek the help of tutors for difficult classes. Tutors are available in the Learning Labs.
  • Talk to your instructors. Office hours are posted outside their office doors. Ask questions you didn’t get answered in class. Be honest about what you don’t know.
  • See an advisor for transfer information to be sure you are taking the courses you need to allow for a smooth transfer to the university level.
  • Remember: Learning is a lifelong process. Accept responsibility for your own education and challenges as they occur.
  • Be aware of established deadlines, including Instructor assignments, fee due dates, Add/Drop dates, withdrawal dates, final exams and graduation application.
  • Remember: Minds are like parachutes; they must be opened to work.

Tips for Choosing a Major

Choosing a major is an important decision that will affect your course of study of the next few years and determine the sorts of careers fields you’ll be prepared to enter. However, it isn’t unusual for students to be undecided regarding their college major. Many resources are available to help you make an informed decision.

Career Centers on each EFSC campus have resources available for students to explore future careers. You can take career interest inventories to help determine what sort of jobs you might excel in and enjoy.  Also, you can research specific careers to learn more about them and determine if they’ll be in demand in the next few years.

  • Take Success Strategies for College and Life

Success Strategies for College and Life (SLS 1101) is a college-credit course that includes a career explorations component.  In addition, this course helps students improve their study skills and provides an excellent introduction to college.

  • Take Career Exploration Courses

Discover Your Major and Career (SLS 2401) assists the student in examining career choices and related college majors to get there based on the assessment of a student's interests. Opportunities are provided for educational planning, networking, career decision making, interviewing and job searching. Find out about other EFSC courses and learning communities that explore career choices and help you choose a major, including exploration courses focused on Biology and Psychology careers, through the major area of interest efforts of the College's Core Scholar program.

floridashines.org is a useful website created by the State of Florida to provide college advising information to students and has a strong career component. You can take a career self-assessment and explore various careers using this website. Also, you can learn which colleges in Florida offer the majors you are considering.

One excellent way to explore careers is to participate in service learning.  If you’re considering several different career fields, volunteering in those fields can help you decide among them.  The Center for Service Learning can place you in community agencies that provide hands-on experience in a variety of career fields.  Also, you can earn college credit for your service. 

Staying on Target to Graduate

This Milestone Checklist will help you meet your academic and career goals – and stay on target for graduation. Also be sure to review Eastern Florida's Transfer GPS: Graduation Plans for Success which provide sample course plans for A.A. degree students that help prepare them for transfer into popular bachelor's degree programs. Also take advantage of the myGPS Degree Audit tool to help keep your studies on track for graduation.

By 12 Credit Hours
  • Complete any required college preparatory classes.
  • Visit the Career Center on your Campus.
  • Familiarize yourself with student resources such as the Library, Learning Lab, Career Center, Transfer GPA and other services.
  • Meet with a student advisor to discuss your academic goals.
  • Review “Steps to Becoming a Successful Student"
By 20 Credit Hours
  • Explore upper division universities, visit their web sites, visit campuses, and review  admission requirements.*
  • Review prerequisites for your major and other transfer requirements with a student advisor and compare to EFSC's Transfer Graduation Plans for Success.*
  • Review your progress toward graduation with a student advisor.
By 30 Credit Hours (or halfway through your vocational program)
  • Review your progress toward graduation and transfer* with a student advisor.
 By 45 Credit Hours
  • Apply to upper division universities.*
  • Review graduation requirements with a student advisor.
  • Explore career placement options with the Career Center on your campus.
 In Your Last Semester
  • Apply for graduation through a student advisor.
  • Check the Schedule of Classes for application deadline.
  • Request final transcripts to be sent to upper division universities upon graduation.*
  • Make sure that you have satisfied any financial responsibilities to the college.

* Applies to A.A. and transferable A.S. degree-seeking students.

How Many Classes Should I Take Each Term?

When deciding how many classes to take each semester, it’s important to understand that you should expect to spend at least 2 hours studying for every hour you spend in class. That means 12 hours of class equals 24 hours of study or 36 hours a week of class and study.  

Having to spend so much time studying will require careful planning with other obligations, like work and family. If you work:

  • 40 hours a week, take 1 or 2 classes
  • 30 hours a week, take 2 or 3 classes
  • 20 hours a week, take 3 to 5 classes

Also, students must find a balance between the types of classes they take each semester, particularly when it comes to required Gordon Rule courses.

How Do I Calculate My GPA?

Each letter grade has a point value: A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 point, F = 0 points. 

To determine your grade point average (GPA), multiply the number of points for each grade earned times the number of the course’s credits. A “B” (three points) in a three-credit course is worth nine points. An “A” (four points) in the same three-credit course is worth 12 points.

Add the total grade-point value for all courses and divide by the total number of attempted credit hours.

GPA Example


Credit Hours



Quality Points

ENC 1101





CGS 2100





PSY 2012





PEM 1131











Total Credits=10



Total Points=21

Divide 21 points by 10 credits = 2.10 grade point average.

Where Can I Get Transfer Information?

• Go to floridashines.org, a website created by the State of Florida to provide college advising information to students.

• Associate in Arts students who plan to transfer to a four-year bachelor degree program should review Eastern Florida's Transfer GPS: Graduation Plans for Success which have been created for popular four-year options. They spell out A.A. coursework sample plans for students with and without developmental education and are intended to meet the prerequisite requirements for your intended bachelor's program.

• Review transfer resources on Eastern Florida State College's Guaranteed Transfer web page.

• Check out UCF Direct Connect for information about guaranteed admission to UCF for EFSC transfer students.

Campus Advising Hours

Advisor Location: Bldg. 11
Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 8 AM - 7 PM
Closed Friday
Students may schedule an appointment with Advising by calling 321-632-1111

Bachelor's Degree Programs
BAS@easternflorida.edu or 321-632-1111

Cocoa Campus
Advisor Location: Bldg. 20, Room 211
Hours:  Please visit the Health Sciences Admissions and Advising Office for details.

View PUBLIC SAFETY Program Advising Info


See Also


What is Gordon Rule?

Read information about the Gordon Rule and how EFSC has implemented Florida State Board of Education Administrative Rule 6A-10.030 and its impact on what's known as "writing-across-the curriculum."