Advising and Retention Center

The Advising and Retention Center staff serves as success coaches and mentors for students in developmental education courses who are identified as “at-risk.” The ARC is also the primary location for transfer information and has a variety of two- and four-year college catalogs, handbooks and transfer information for those interested in furthering their college education.

Advisement Resource Center


Students and faculty can take advantage of a wide variety of services available in the Advising and Retention Center located in the One Stop Center on the East Broad Campus, the Administration Building on the Ayers Campus and at Gadsden State Cherokee.

Meet the Advisors

Advisors in the Advising and Retention Center work collaboratively to provide student workshops, faculty advisor training and other services that promote student success. 

Transfer Scholarships

Resource hotlines

You are not alone. Help is available.

If you are in a crisis situation, please reach out for help. Contact one of the following national hotlines, contact your local police or emergency services or call 911. It is important that you have someone to listen and that you take the first step to reach out for help.


Alcohol/Substance Abuse Helpline


Crisis Services of North Alabama (Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Crisis)

256-716-1000 | 1-800-239-1117

Disaster Distress Helpline

(Provides immediate crisis counseling to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic)


National Alliance on Mental Health Hotline


National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


National Youth Crisis Hotline

1-800-442-HOPE (4673)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Hotline

(Provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.)

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Suicide Prevention Helpline


The Trevor Lifeline

(A crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline service focused on LGBTQ young people under 25)


United Way

Dial 211 | 256-236-8229

Veteran’s Crisis Line


Text: 838255