Culinary And Hospitality

Advising & Admissions

Group Advising
Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts, and Hospitality Programs

Please follow these steps to prepare for entering HRI majors:

1.  Read this page in its entirety and follow the guidelines that apply to you (in reference to what type of student you are deemed, based on the chart below).

2.  Open and Read the Advising Checklist and the Enrolling with Permission Numbers document.  Permission numbers are used to control course enrollment to prevent exceeding class capacities for laboratories, as well as academic courses, while ensuring students are prepared for the courses in which they intend to enroll.

3.  Answer the nine (9) questions (below).

4.  Review details for New Students vs. Returning Students (below in red).

5.  Click on the Flow Chart and Sign Up for an appropriate advising session and attend the day you select.  The time listed is the start time; late arrivals may be required to sign up for a new session.  (Remember to verify whether you are considered a New or Returning student based on HRI program specifications).

Before you sign up for Advising in HRI Programs:  Be sure you have completed the following:

Group Advising Sessions
Students Seeking Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts or Hospitality Management Degrees or Career Studies Certificates

Group Advising Sessions are used to advise you on a pathway to success throughout your time at Reynolds; while providing you the information you need to be prepared for course registration and program specific requirements.  Attending a group advising session will enable you to obtain the necessary information to enroll into the respective program and key information you will need.

The above programs are all built around HRI prefix courses and require ongoing advising by your faculty advisor.  By meeting with your faculty advisor, you will receive permission numbers, which will then enable you to register for HRI courses and your semester-to-semester courses will be laid out for you on a curricular sequence of scheduling. 

If you are unable to attend one of the group advising sessions, one-on-one sessions can be scheduled with your respective advisor (please review the advisor layout listed below). One-on-One sessions will commence after the last Group Advising Session scheduled has been conducted and students are subject to class and schedule availability.

Students are divided into two distinct groups for advising:  New Students and Returning Students.  See each for the definition to ensure you register for the correct Group Advising Session.

New Students

New Students Include: (not completed any labs at Reynolds)

  • First time students
  • Change of Major Students
  • Students with Previous College Degree
  • Transfer Students
  • Transient Students

Advisor: Chef Darren Rounds -

You will remain a New student until you complete your first set of lab classes within the HRI program at Reynolds.

New Students must sign up for and attend a group advising session in order to enroll for the upcoming semester.  Your advising session must occur before officially enrolling into the respective program and in order to obtain permission numbers.

If you are a new student and do not attend one of the advising sessions, you will begin in curricular general education electives. Permission numbers will not be issued until the first advising session for each student class (New vs. Returning) has commenced. 

What to Bring to the Advising Session

  • First time students: placement test scores, your empl ID (student ID), student email address & log in information.
  • Change of major students: information for change of program form to be completed, your empl ID (student ID), student email address and log in information.
  • Students with a previous college degree: Unofficial Transcript (for classes you hope to use as Transfer credit), your Empl ID (student ID), student email address and log in information.
  • Transfer Students: Unofficial Transcript (for classes you hope to use as Transfer credit), your empl ID (student ID), student email address and log in information

Advisor and Contact

The following paragraph lists your advisor based on your status within the HRI curricular programs. Your initial Culinary advisor will change once you matriculate into your second semester of HRI program specific courses.

New & First Semester Students in these programs:  Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, Pastry Arts, and Hospitality Management

Chef Darren Rounds -

College Back-Out

Lastly, please note that the only way to secure classes each semester is via timely enrollment and payment. If you have not, Reynolds will perform BACK OUT based on when you enrolled and your required Pay-by-Date. If you are backed-out, you will lose your seat, be susceptible to not getting back into the classes you want or need, and will need to obtain new permission numbers for every HRI prefix class that you were backed-out prior to re-registering. We do not prepare wait lists.

Review these links to see the layout schedule of your courses by term.

Culinary Arts Curriculum Sequence
Culinary Management Curriculum Sequence
Pastry Arts Curriculum Sequence 
Hospitality Management Curriculum Sequence

Have answers to these nine questions:

  1. Do you want to attend Part-time (less than 12 credits per semester) or Full-time (12 credits or more/semester)?  Are you on your parents insurance?
  2. Are you using Financial Aid or other to pay for classes, books, uniforms, and took kits?
  3. Have you applied to the college?  Have you received your Financial Aid information?
  4. What type of schedule do you wish to have? Days, Nights, or Combination?
  5. Do you need to work?  Are you working?  Do you plan to get a job? How many hours are you working?  Do you have a flexible schedule to get the time off of work to regularly attend class?
  6. Have you taken your placement tests yet?  If not, have you scheduled an appointment?  Here is the link to the Campus Testing Center.  It is highly recommended to take your Math and English placement tests on separate days and to study for them to prevent developmental course placement and delayed HRI entry.
  7. How much time do you have to study outside of class? Are you committed to studying and ensuring yourself a high quality education?

    It is has been researched for every credit hour you take per week, you should spend 3 hours studying and preparing for that class. So, if you are a full-time student, taking 13 credit hours, you should plan to be in class each week, plus time studying outside of class approximately 39 hours, plus travel time to and from class and campus. 

    Do you have the time available to make such a commitment? 
    If not, part-time is the better choice for you.

  8. Do you have regular access to a reliable computer and internet access?  Do you feel comfortable working with computers?
  9. Have a list created of any questions that have not been answered through your research or emails, and bring your list of questions to the advising session and make sure you get answers to them.


If there are any forms you need to fill out, i.e. Change of Major, Request a Transcript or others, you may find those documents through this link.

Returning Students

Returning students include (must have completed first semester labs or first HRI course for Hospitality Students)

Returning students must sign up for and attend a group advising session specifically for Returning students.  To be considered a returning student you must have completed at least one of the Culinary or Pastry Labs. To sign up for this session, click the following link: Returning Students Advising.  If you do NOT meet this criteria, you are considered a New student.

As a RETURNING Student, you may email your adviser (Chef Miller) for permission numbers, if you know the courses that you must take to continue on your specific curricular path.  When doing so, please include your Empl ID number and classes you wish to enroll in the email, along with the section, if multiple are being offered.  PLEASE NOTE, emailed requests will not be issued until AFTER the first Group Advising Session for Returning Students has been conducted. Course selection will be available to those students who attend the advising session first. In the instance that the course section you wish to enroll is enrolled to capacity, your adviser will provide permission numbers to the course that is still available for enrollment.  If your course selections are fully closed you will be emailed by your adviser. 

If you choose this option, your specific curricular path to graduation will not have been reviewed to ensure timely graduation and may cause delays. 

Our program does not employ a wait list. 

Register for a Group Advising Session

You will need to reserve a seat at an advising session to ensure timely registration for the upcoming semester. The newest sessions will be listed on the registration site at least 30 days prior to the session commencing.

Students will attend a Group Advising Session the Immediate Semester before they plan to enroll.  

For example

If a student wishes to enroll in FALL Semester, the student would be required to attend a Summer Group Advising Session. 

If a student wishes to enroll in SPRING Semester, the student would be required to attend a Fall Group Advising Session.

If a student wishes to enroll in SUMMER Semester, the student would be required to attend a Spring Group Advising Session.


For students that place into PRE-COLLEGE or DEVELOPMENTAL Courses, based on the VPT (Virginia Placement Tests), you do not need to attend a group advising session until you have completed all of the courses you placed into. 

You may have been placed into some or all of the following, if they are listed here, they need to be completed (ENF 3 is the only course that can be done while beginning your specific HRI prefixed program):

BSK 41                    ENF 1               ENF 2

BSK 1                       MTE 1              MTE 2                     MTE 3

Please click anywhere on the below flow chart to access the registration page for Group Advising

Please note that after the last group advising session, Advisers will see students one on one to to advise.  At this point, students will most likely be enrolled into Curricular General Education Electives required for the program.

 The following flow chart is for Summer ’16 planning. Sign up for one of these dates can commence now through the day of the session, if it has not been filled.

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