Academic Planning for New Students
Get Started at PCC!
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. Use this as a guide on how to successfully 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 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!
After your New Student Counseling Session, you will be done with matriculation and be an enrolled student at PCC! The next step is to actually register for your classes using the Student Education Plan you developed with your counselor. 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.