Skagit Valley College

Academic Advising

Academic Advising encompasses a comprehensive support network of counselors & teaching faculty and   other professional staff. Our central mission is to empower students with the necessary information, resources and support to explore a full range of opportunities for academic achievement and personal fulfillment and the realization of their highest potential.

Faculty Advising

With an emphasis on personalized instruction and support, faculty mentoring is at the core of academic advising. All students are assigned an advisor who works individually with them to provide guidance in a number of areas including: course selection, major requirements, progress toward degree completion, post-graduation planning, etc.  Students who have yet to declare an educational path are encouraged to explore career and educational information, and decision-making opportunities.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a counselor, please call 360-416-7654 or call for daily express advising times for drop in sessions.


  • What is the difference between counseling and advising?

    Counselors provide services to include career exploration and planning, personal counseling and student success counseling. They also assist in choosing a major, resolving personal concerns and developing strategies for student success.

    Advisors (teaching faulty)  assist students with developing a program plan once they have decided upon a course of study or major as well as selecting classes each quarter, understanding  program requirements, and transferring to a college or university.

    Typically a teaching faculty advisor will refer a student to the Counseling Center for career exploration if a student is undecided about their course of study or major.

    A faculty counselor will refer a student to a teaching faculty advisor if a student needs assistance with planning their course of study, selecting classes or transferring to a college or university.

  • Why see a counselor?

    Counseling can help you understand and solve personal issues.  A counselor doesn’t judge, is patient and trained to be a sensitive, objective listener who can assist with finding solutions.

  • What are some of the reasons why someone may see a counselor?

    We often encounter a variety of reasons why someone may see a counselor.  Some of the more typical topics include:

    • Test Anxiety
    • Career Exploration/Choosing a Major
    • Family and/or Relationship Concerns
    • Loneliness
    • Depression of Feeling Sad
    • Anxiety or Feeling Overwhelmed
    • Thoughts of suicide or just not wanting to be “here”
    • Grief and Loss
    • Decision Making
    • Sexual Assault or Abuse
    • Domestic Violence
    • Study Skills
    • Learning Disability
    • Low Self-Esteem
    • Coping with Stress
    • Adjusting to College
    • Interest and Personality Assessments (fee-based)
    • Failing Grades and Academic Struggles
  • How do I see a counselor?

    Counselors see students by appointments, drop in/express advising or immediately if an emergency exists.  Please call (360) 416-7654 or sign up to see a counselor during scheduled drop in/express times.

  • Who are the counselors?

    Our professional and well trained counselors have a master’s degree in counseling or a related field.  Our counselors have chosen to work in a community college setting and are prepared to assist students with a variety of issues and topics to include personal, career, and student success counseling.

  • Who will know if I receive service at the Counseling Center?

    All records in the Counseling Center are personal confidential.  Information can only be released outside of the Counseling Center with your written explicit consent.  Counseling records are NOT part of your educational record and are kept separate from college records.  Even if a faculty member, friend or college official refers you to the Counseling Center, your records and privacy will be confidential.