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Advising Office

Devon Powell

Associate Dean, Student Services

Why Meet With an Advisor?    

Our academic advisors are highly trained professionals who can guide you from your first day as a student to graduation. We encourage you to get to know your advisor and to take advantage of the wide range of information and services he or she can provide. Advisors will help you to clarify your education and career goals, create an education plan, and explore resources to help you reach your goals. They can also assist with problem-solving, explain academic and financial aid holds and other academic policies and requirements.        

Students can make an appointment with an academic advisor before registration starts by logging into GradesFirst, a web-based student support tool, here. (Unfamiliar with GradesFirst? Watch this short video​ on how to make an appointment.) See our helpful advising tips on how to get the most out of your advising appointment.    

Meet Our HWC Advisors        


Services provided by the Advising Office

  • Academic, career and transfer advising - guidance each student needs to succeed
  • Creating an academic plan - your personal term-by-term plan to earn your degree or certificate
  • Registration for classes - so you know which classes you need and what sequence to meet your graduation requirements
  • Explanation and processing of academic and financial aid holds - Satisfactory Academic Progress or SAP
  • Grading policies - information about issues affecting grades
  • Referrals to campus and community resources
  • Wellness Center referrals
  • Degree audit - review of courses completed toward graduation



Faculty & Staff

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Mission Statement

In keeping with the institution’s mission and recognizing that advising is an integral part of the educational process, Harold Washington College Advising Office empowers students to take charge of their educational and career goals through a system of shared responsibility between student and advisor.        

Contact Information

(312) 553-5879
(312) 553-6084
30 E. Lake St.
Room 101
Chicago, IL 60601
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Mon - Wed, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thurs, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday, CLOSED


​Other Resources


Transfer Resources            


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Understanding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)            

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Holds & Alerts            

Appeal My Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Hold            

How to Avoid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Holds & Alerts            

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements for Skills Students