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, check your English and math placements in LancerPoint, 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 check your English and Math placements in LancerPoint. If you do not see your placements, you may request placement using your high school transcript through our online prerequisite clearance form. 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
New Student Group Counseling for the Summer & Fall term are now available. Sign up today!
Need accommodations? Our DSP&S Counselors are here to set you up for success with specialized counseling! They will ensure that you receive individualized services for registration, educational planning, and other pertinent areas such as New Student Group Counseling. To see if you qualify for these services visit the DSP&S office in D-209 or learn more here!
Attending another college or university? Are you planning to attend PCC during the intersession (Summer/Winter) ONLY? Complete the "Counseling/Ed Plan" step through this link to the Online Form for CSEP. IMPORTANT: In the Comments/special instructions box, please indicate 1) "SUMMER ONLY ED PLAN," 2) List out the course(s) you plan to take, 3) The college/university you are currently attending.
Your English and Math placement determines which math and english class you are eligible for. If you are an ESL Student, International Student, or graduated from high school more than 10 years ago, you need to complete an assessment exam. 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.
- If you do not see your placements in LancerPoint, you may use your 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 leade 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.