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 of college at PCC.
As a first time college student, the first step is to Apply to PCC. After you apply, you must complete the three Achievements — Online Orientation, check your English and math placements in LancerPoint (1-2 days after receiving your PCC/Lancer ID#), and complete New Student Counseling.
Completing the three Achievements will give you a priority registration date each semester at PCC.
Due to the campus changes as a result of COVID-19, New Student Counseling is currently being offered virtually and required for all first time college students.
During the New Student Counseling workshop, you will accomplish 3 goals:
- Review What You Have Already Done
- Choose Your First Year Classes
- Identify Your Next Steps
At the end of New Student Counseling, you will be asked to submit an intake form for a counselor to review and develop an educational plan for Summer and/or Fall. Once your educational plan is complete, you can find your educational plan in LancerPlan. Instructions on how to access your plan will be sent to your LancerMail. The processing time is about 7-12 days. Thank you for your patience.
If you have trouble accessing New Student Counseling or have questions about this process, please email: Pathways@pasadena.edu.
In the meantime, please complete your online orientation and check your English and Math placements in LancerPoint (1-2 days after receiving your PCC/Lancer ID#).
If you are attending PCC for a few classes or for personal interest, you do not need to meet with a counselor. Instead, follow the steps for one or two term students to complete your LancerPoint Achievements.
New Student with credits from another college? Please go to Counseling Appointments.
Your English and Math placement determines which math and english class you are eligible for. If you are an ESL Student or International Student, you need to complete the Directed Self-Placement. For all other students, your placement is determined by your high school courses and grades. All you need to do is check and understand your placement!
Check Your Placement
- Login to LancerPoint to check your placement (LancerPoint --> My Classes & Academics --> View Placement Results) 1-2 days after you receive your PCC/Lancer ID# via email. Placements are loaded overnight.
- If you do not see your placements in LancerPoint after 1-2 days, you may use your unofficial high school transcript to request for placement through our online prerequisite clearance form.
Understand Your Placement
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.
The first step? Explore your options! PCC offers over 200 majors that lead to a variety of careers and academic goals.
Once you are ready to declare and/or change a major, visit 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.