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Academic Advising

Dr. Patricia Lynch Stith Student Success Center - Advising Program

PLSSSC’s academic advising program is an important component in the educational process at Norfolk State University. Our model establishes a progressive scholastic relationship by engaging (primarily) freshman and sophomore students in making informed decisions about their academic, social, and personal goals. Our collaborative advising system connects students with various members of the advising community, including Professional Advisors in PLSSSC, Faculty Mentors, and peer mentors. The SSC advising model enhances academic advising communication campus-wide to support the University’s retention and graduation efforts.

Services provided by PLSSSC’s Professional Advisors include:

  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Academic skill development
  • Student Action Plan (SAP) assistance
  • Advising for students in academic jeopardy


The mission of the academic advisement program is to guide development of educational plans that lead to accomplishing academic and personal goals through individual or group interactions aimed at lifelong learning

Program Goals

Goals of the PLSSSC academic advising program are to:

  • Provide information on the University’s policies, procedures, and academic requirements
  • Equip students with specific strategies for academic success.
  • Assist students with selecting courses that are required for selected majors.
  • Assist students with formulating action plans that coincide with their personal and career goals.
  • Assist students with developing critical thinking skills by encouraging them to make informed decisions concerning their academic and personal goals.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Maintain satisfactory academic performance to comply with the University’s standards.
  • Identify majors that coincide with their skill set and interests. 
  • Be aware of policies and procedures that guide their academic process.
  • Develop plans based on information received from advising sessions.
  • Value academic planning as an integral part of their academic process.

SSC Advising Toolbox

For more information, contact the main office at (757) 823-8507
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Location: Nursing and General Education Building, Suite 100.

Hours of operation

Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: closed
Sunday: closed