How to Become a College Advisor

Feb 11, 2016

College advisors get to help students have a successful college experience. Read this article to learn about what you should do in order to get started in this profession.

Required Education

A bachelor's degree is the minimum level of education you'll need in order to start a career in college advising. A master's degree is required for some college advisor positions. Common majors for professionals in this field include:

  • Human Services
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

Work Experience

Relevant work experience can be very helpful for those aspiring to become a college advisor. Getting a job on campus while you're in school in the academic advising department is a great place to start. An internship in college advising would also be a very beneficial experience. Any kind of relevant experience will help you verify that this is in fact the right career choice for you, and it will also look great on applications.


In addition to a degree or two, some college advisor positions also require certification in the field, but typically certification is optional. If you decide you want to pursue certification, there are some different ones you can look into. The American Institute for Certified Educational Planners (AICEP) offers a Certified Educational Planner (CEP) credential. Another option is the Certified College Planning Specialist (CCPS) certification that's through the National Institute of Certified College Planners (NICCP).

College Advisor Resources offers a number of resources that college advisors can use to help students. These courses contain engaging video lessons accompanied by lesson transcripts that students can view. Students can also take the included quizzes and exams so that they can verify they understand how to choose and apply to colleges, identify an appropriate career path and more. Check out the following courses to get a better idea of what you can offer:

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