New Student Advising

***Advisors are currently mostly working remotely until further notice. At this time, it is preferred that you set up a remote advising appointment if you are able to do so. In person advising appointments will be reserved for those who are unable to schedule remote advising appointments. This is to ensure the safety and health of all. Thank you for your patience and understanding.***

New Manufacturing students seeking program information and advising assistance should click here.

Welcome to Asnuntuck!

The Center for Advising & Student Achievement (C.A.S.A.) provides academic, career, and transfer advising as well student success programming.  C.A.S.A. staff empower students to explore, identify, and achieve their academic and career goals while encouraging students to utilize available resources to support their journey toward success.

In order to best assist you in the advising process, please carefully follow these steps.

Step 1: Have I submitted PLACEMENT scores (SAT/ACT/Accuplacer/G.P.A.) to Admissions? You must do so if you are a degree or certificate seeking student.

If you have NOT submitted placement scores to Admissions, please visit or contact the Admissions Office at

  • Are you transferring in credit? English and Math courses from an accredited institution should be evaluated to see if they will count as prerequisites for college-level English and Math or transfer in as the English and Math requirements in your program. To transfer in credit from another accredited college/university, you must submit OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS to the Admissions Office along with an Application for Transfer Credit.
    • If transferring in Advanced Placement (AP) or Credit for Prior Learning (CLEP), you must submit official scores to the Admissions Office along with an Application for Transfer Credit.
  • If you are not transferring in credit but have proof of successfully completing English or Math courses at a previously attended accredited institution and want to use those courses as potential prerequisites for English and Math courses, please use this Pre-Req Error Form. We will review your unofficial transcript and if the prerequisite is met, you will be emailed a confirmation.

Step 2: Can I log into myCommNet?

If you have not yet logged in to myCommNet and/or need assistance, please click on the following links for assistance.

  • If you cannot reset your password or need further assistance, please call the I.T. Help Desk: (860) 723-0221

***You must be able to log into myCommNet prior to proceeding to Steps 3 and 4***

Step 3: Have I completed the New Student Advising Request Form?

  • As long as you have completed steps 1 and 2, please submit a New Student Advising Request Form. Once received and reviewed, you will receive an email sent to your COLLEGE EMAIL ADDRESS with important information including a link to the ASPIRE workshop including registration instructions.
  • Once you watch the ASPIRE video and complete the quiz, you will be provided with a link to SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR through Starfish (our online scheduling tool).

Options for remote advising may include:

  • Phone
  • Your school email address
  • Microsoft Teams*

*MS Teams Meetings: If you are using a computer or laptop, you will need to download the Office 365 apps, which will include Teams. The Office 365 apps are available to you for free. For more information, please see the CSCU IT Office 365 User Guide.  If you are using a cell phone or tablet, you can download the Microsoft Teams App. The Microsoft Office website can provide you with more information and send you a download link directly to your device. If you do not want to download Microsoft Teams, an advisor can email you an appointment that will include a phone number and conference ID. You can call the number to speak to an Academic Advisor over the phone without the Teams app.

Step 4: Prior to your scheduled academic advising appointment, please fill out the Starfish Intake Survey:

1. Log on to, then click on the Starfish login link.

2. Click on your name. In the drop down menu, you will see INTAKE. Complete the Intake survey. Be sure to write down any questions you may have and remember to bring them to your meeting with the Academic Advisor!




Beginning Fall 2020, CT residents can pursue a degree or certificate tuition and fee-free. The Pledge to Advance Connecticut, or PACT, will support full-time students who are entering CT Community Colleges.

ACC PACT Webpage

CSCU PACT Information

CSCU Transfer Tickets

Transfer Tickets are programs for CT Community College students that transfer to Connecticut State Universities and Charter Oak without either losing credits or needing to take extra credits to earn a bachelor’s degree in the same discipline.

ACC Transfer Ticket Webpage

CSCU Transfer Ticket Information


The Guaranteed Admissions Program (GAP) is an agreement between the CT Community Colleges and the University of Connecticut. Students must apply prior to accruing more than 30 transferrable credits.


UCONN GAP Information

What to Expect from a C.A.S.A. Advisor

New students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss goals, options, full or part time status, placement results, and course options. It is essential that new students check in with an Academic Advisor to make sure that they understand their academic plan. Academic Advisors can review transcripts, provide unofficial transcript evaluations, and can verify prerequisites that have been completed at other institutions of higher education. Most importantly, Academic Advisors can refer students to essential resources to ensure that the student is set up for success in the first year and beyond.
  • Academic Advisors from the Center for Advising and Student Achievement assist new students in registering for their first semester of courses. Students who are enrolled in a degree program are then assigned a Faculty Advisor during their first semester. Typically, the student is designated a faculty advisor whose expertise aligns with the student’s major.
  • To keep students on track to program completion, programs such as Starfish and Degree Works are used extensively. Academic Advisors aid new students in deciphering the requirements of their chosen certificate or degree program and can answer questions about these valuable resources.
  • The college environment and coursework is significantly different from secondary education. Advisors explain the demands of course loads and credit hours.
  • Policies and procedures vary from one educational institution to another. Academic Advisors can direct students to resources to familiarize themselves with expectations of the College.