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About the Center for Advising and Retention

The Center for Advising and Retention (CAR) is the centralized professional academic advising unit for Clayton State University. Its mission is to promote the success, retention, and progression of the university’s undergraduate student population, including online learning student population, by effectively advising and assisting them along their educational journey and connecting them to resources and tools that support their academic and professional goals. Students who enroll in online programs, will be assigned an advisor who will help them register for classes. They’re experts at navigating program-completion requirements and can help keep students on track as they work toward graduation.

The center houses academic advisors for each of the undergraduate departments and majors. Advisors help facilitate students’ transition from the first-year advisors to the advisor who will assist them until degree completion. Students who enroll in specialty academic programs also receive advisement and/or mentorship from their program specific faculty advisors. This is done to ensure students meet their academic requirements, advisors proactively monitor their progress & regularly correspond with them.


The CAR aspires to be recognized as an essential resource to the University as a model of efficient and consistent academic advising that promotes student learning, engagement, development and builds collaborative relationships. CAR will continuously serve as an effective component of the success, retention and graduation of Clayton State University students.


The Center for Advising and Retention believes in the following principles and values. These values guide the work and practice of the advisor and reflect the beliefs the group holds in common.

  • Mutual Respect
  • Accuracy & Consistency
  • Communication
  • Integrity/High Professional Standards
  • Compassion
  • Discipline and Hard work
  • Commitment to the Individual Student
  • Intentional and purposeful work and progress