Academic Planning for New Students
Whether you want to earn a degree or certificate, prepare to transfer, or embark on a career, our counseling services will help you get there. Below is information to help you enroll at PCC and get on the right academic path during your first year here.
The first step is to Apply to PCC. After you apply, you must complete the three core services — Online Orientation, English and math assessments, and new student group counseling. Completing the three core services will make you eligible to register for classes and give you a priority registration date each semester at PCC.
The New Student Group Counseling Session is a three hour group counseling session that you attend after you complete your online orientation and take your assessment tests. During the session, you will meet with a counselor to learn about selecting the right courses to achieve your goal, start your educational plan, and learn the next steps to prepare for taking college courses!
During the session you will also:
- Learn how to select courses that will meet your academic and career goals
- Learn to navigate web-based resources designed to help you develop your educational plan
- Learn about financial aid and the importance of student academic progress
Learn about the resources available on campus to help you succeed
During your New Student Counseling Session we will help you develop a Student Education Plan. You will use this education plan to guide you on which classes to register for during your first year at PCC. Registration is completed by logging in to your LancerPoint account.
You do not need to declare a major during your first semester at PCC. However, you will need to declare a major before you complete 30 units. For help in selecting a major/career, you can visit the Career Center and/or enroll in Counseling 17 - Career Planning, which will help you figure out which major would be best for you.
You can declare and/or change a major in the Career Center.
We have many specialized programs and support centers to help you throughout your academic journey at PCC. As you start at PCC, consider taking advantage of the various academic opportunities we have to offer.