Not sure what to ask? Review our Frequently Asked Questions below to get answers to the questions that we get asked the most!
A unit/hour is the amount of college credit you will receive for a course based on the number of hours the course meets weekly. For example, a three-unit class will meet three hours per week. Some classes meet more hours than others and may be worth additional units. Keep in mind that a class that is worth more units typically requires more work.
You only need to have one unit for each Fall and Spring semester to be a student at PCC, and you don't need to take units for Summer and Winter sessions to be considered a student. Financial aid requires that you are taking 12 units to be eligible for full financial aid (also depends on other factors). International Students are also required to take 12 units for each Fall and Spring semester. We recommend that you take 12-14.2 units each semester, if you work 20 hours or less per week. The more hours you work, the fewer units you should take.
You can take a maximum of 19.3 units in the Fall and Spring semesters, and a maximum of 8.3 units during the Winter and Summer sessions. Although these are the maximum units, we recommend that you take 12-14.3 units each semester if you are working 20 hours or less per week. If you are on academic or progress probation, the maximum number of units you can take each semester is 12.3. Our Winter and Summer sessions are more intense because they are only 6-8 weeks long. In order to be successful, we recommend that you only take one class (3-5 units) during these sessions.
You don't need to declare a major during your first semester at PCC, but you will need to declare a major before you complete 30 units. For guidance in choosing your major/career, you can visit the Career Center in L103 or enroll in our Career Planning class (Counseling 17).
You can change your major at the Career Center (L Building).
“Permission” and “Restricted” classes are reserved for special programs. You won't be able to register for these particular CRNs, unless you are in the program associated with the CRN. For more information, click on the CRN link in the online schedule of classes and read the Section Information Text note.
This means that an instructor has not yet been designated to teach the class. You can contact the corresponding division to see if any instructors have been assigned.
For more information on viewing go to "How to View Your Comprehensive Student Educational Plan in LancerPoint."
First Time Failing a Class
You can repeat a class at PCC to count the higher grade for a maximum of 3 attempts (including W's). Or, you can repeat the equivalent course at another college and request to count the higher grade. To request a grade from another college, please visit the Admissions and Records office for the petition procedures you need to follow.
You don't need to submit a petition if you repeated the course at PCC. Your original F/D grade will still be visible on your PCC transcript, but it won't be calculated into your GPA. Most universities will honor this policy, but the only university that we are aware of that does not is USC. They will average the grades no matter how it appears on the PCC transcript.
Failing a Class Three Times
If you have failed a class 3 times, you can petition to take the class for a fourth time, but your chances for approval are low. Petitions are completed with the Admissions and Records office. Please follow the instructions outlined for Petition a Special Circumstance.
If you do not need to repeat a course because the class(es) are not needed for your current goal, this is a good option for you. Read more about our academic renewal policy and see if you qualify to petition.
Your original F/D grade will still be visible on your PCC transcript, but it won't be calculated into your GPA. Most universities will honor this policy, but the only university that we are aware of that does not is USC. They will average the grades no matter how it appears on the PCC transcript.
Academic Probation is when your overall PCC grade point average falls below a 2.0. Once you are on academic probation, you will continue to be on probation until you raise your cumulative grade point average to a 2.0 or better. To avoid Academic Probation, avoid getting D's and F's in your classes. If you must drop a class, drop them early to avoid receiving an F in the class. If you are already on Academic Probation, the quickest way to return to good standing is to repeat those courses in which you received D's or F's.
Probation can lead to serious consequences including dismissal, if improvement is not shown. Also, while on academic probation, you will be limited to taking a maximum of 12.3 units each Fall and Spring semester.
You can discuss other strategies to avoid or getting off of Academic Probation with a counselor in the L building.
Receiving a letter grade means you will be given a grade of A/B/C/D/F and it will calculate into your GPA. If you elect a class to be P/NP that means if you receive an A/B/C grade, you will receive a Pass (P) and if you get a D/F grade, you will receive a No Pass (NP). P/NP grading has no GPA. If you get a P, you will be able to move on to the next level if it is a sequential class. If you would like to elect a class as P/NP grading, you may do so through the Admission office in L building.
Keep in mind these points as you decide on Pass/No Pass grading:
- Not all classes can be P/NP grading. To check if there is an option to declare a grade mode, click on the CRN link in the schedule of classes. If there is a date for “Last day to declare grade mode” you can change the grading to P/NP.
- Once you elect a class for P/NP grading, you cannot change it back to letter grading.
- Some classes cannot be P/NP grading such as your major requirements.
- You can only do a max 12 units of P/NP Pass grading.
An "I" is given by an instructor in cases where a student is doing passing work at a C or higher level in the class, but for reasons beyond the student's control, is unable to complete the requirements of the course. You must contact your instructor before the end of the semester to make arrangements for completing the required assignments/tests.
When a grade of “I” is given, a “Contract for the Assignment of an Incomplete Grade” must be completed and signed by you and your instructor. This contract lists specific conditions for removal of the “I”, and the default grade to be recorded if the conditions are not met within one year from the end of the semester in which the “I” was assigned. You must complete the remaining course assignments/tests within one year, or the default grade will be recorded on your transcript. You may not re-enroll in the class as a way to make up an “I” except in exceptional circumstances, such as a lab class. After you make up the required work, the grade earned will be entered on your transcript. “I” grades are not used in computing your GPA unless you file for graduation, at which point it will be calculated as an F.
The difference between an F grade and “I” notation:
An F is permanent on your transcript, and you must register and pay again to retake the entire class. An “I” can be changed to a grade when you complete the requirements of your contract, and you do not need to register or pay again for classes. Also, you only need to complete the work you are missing.
Getting a W in general is preferred because it does not explain why you did not complete the class and because it does not factor into your GPA. However, a D/F grade shows that you were not a good student in the class and will negatively impact your transcript. W's have less of an impact on your record if there are only a few, but if you have many W's, then universities may question if you are a consistent student or if you always drop classes. The only university that has a specific W limit is USC (max 2 W's). For more information on this topic, you can talk to a counselor. Also, because W's may impact your financial aid, contact the Financial Aid office for more information.
No, you should never assume that you will be automatically dropped from a class. If you want to drop a class, you should do so yourself through LancerPoint. Be sure to drop your classes by the drop deadlines.
Keep in mind that each CRN has its own drop deadline. To find out a drop deadline for a specific CRN, you can refer to the online schedule of classes and click on your CRN. This will open a new window showing the deadlines of the CRN.
If you pass a class with a grade of C or better, you may not retake the class at PCC. Universities usually will only count the first passing grade, so even if you repeat the class at another college, universities will take the first passing grade. You can only retake classes that are graded with a W, F, D, or NP. If you would like to improve your GPA, the only option is to continue to take classes and get A's.
Here are some exceptions:
- Some Nursing programs allow you to repeat classes for a higher grade. PCC's nursing program lets students repeat C's for their sciences at another college and they will count the higher grade.
- Some programs allow for repeats if there is a recency requirement. For example, some graduate programs have requirements that must be completed within 5 yrs. If the class was not taken within 5 years, students will be allowed to repeat. Please check with your interested graduate school to find out their policy.
If you need to repeat a C or better graded class, you may submit a Special Circumstance Student Petition. Keep in mind that chances for approval are low. Your other option is to retake the course at another local community college.
You can access your registration date and time online through LancerPoint. Just simply click on “Classes & Academics” tab and then go to “Check Registration Status.”
To view your registration date for a certain semester, follow these simple instructions:
- Click on “Return to Menu”.
- Click “Select Term” and choose your desired term.
- Click on “Registration Status”.
If you are in the middle of a semester and are unable to check your registration date, try changing the selected term in LancerPoint. For example, you may need to do this if you're currently enrolled in Fall and trying to register for Spring classes.
To do this in LancerPoint, follow these instructions:
- Go to the “Classes and Academics” tab.
- Click on “Check Registration Status”.
- Click on “Return to Menu”.
- Click on “Select Term”.
- Select your desired term.
Once you are on the waitlist, it is your responsibility to check your Lancer email (in LancerPoint under the “Home” tab) every day for an email indicating that the class has been activated in your LancerPoint account. After a student drops out of the enrolled class, the first student on the waiting list will receive an email. You'll be responsible for logging into LancerPoint to “Activate” the class within 48 hours. If you fail to activate the class within the 48 hours, the system will no longer email you for that class, and then the next person on the waitlist will be sent an email until one of them activates the class. You can only be on one waitlist CRN per class.
If you are still on the waiting list by the first day of class, you can attend the first day of class and ask your instructor to add you. Instructors will usually add from the waiting list based on seats available. If you aren't on the waiting list, your chances of getting added on the first day are lower.
You can find out your number on the waitlist by following these instructions on LancerPoint:
- Click on the “Classes & Academics” tab.
- Click on the “Check Registration Status” tab.
- Click on “Return to Menu”.
- Click on “Student Detail Schedule”.
Try registering for a different CRN that is open. You may also try to get on the waitlist (to look-up the waitlist policy, do a FAQ search for "waitlist" at the top of this page). Lastly, you may attend the first class meeting. If there is space available in the class, the instructor may give you an add code to register in LancerPoint. Please keep in mind that instructors normally add students from the waitlist first before adding first day walk-ins.
First, you will need to register for the class using the original CRN number at which point LancerPoint will ask you for your add code.
Each CRN has its own add deadline. You can look this deadline up in the online schedule of classes by clicking on your CRN. The add code can only be used once, and it must be used before the last day to add for that specific CRN.
A prerequisite is a requirement that you must meet/complete before enrolling in a class.
For example, the prerequisite for the class Math 5A is Math 007B, Math 009, or placement based on the Math assessment process. To enroll in Math 5A, you need to first pass Math 7B, Math 009, or test into Math 5A through the Math placement test.
A corequisite is a class you must take together with the class you intend to take.
For example, the class AT 111 has a corequisite of AT 110, so to enroll in AT 111, you must also enroll in AT 110 in the same semester. If you don't enroll in AT 110, you won't be able to enroll in AT 111. You can choose any CRN of AT 110 and it doesn't need to be with the same instructor as in AT 111.
If you've already passed the prerequisite course at PCC, LancerPoint will automatically clear you for the next course sequence.
If you've met a prerequisite by taking a course at another college, you can get your prerequisite cleared in the Prerequisite Office. Learn more.
You will be responsible for the drop and add deadlines of your courses. Each CRN class has different deadlines that you can find in the online schedule of classes by clicking on your CRN.
For other important dates, view the academic calendar for semester deadlines.
You will need to pay before you can register for the next semester or order transcripts and records. We recommend that you pay with a credit card on LancerPoint before the end of your registration, so you don't have to worry about a hold on your next registration date. You can pay by cash or check at the Student Bank located above the Student Book Store in B203.
If you are an international student, check with the International Student Center for your payment policy.
We offer two parking options on campus:
- Daily parking permits are available at dispensers around all of the parking lots.
- Semester and intersession parking permits can be purchased online through LancerPoint. For more parking information, visit the Office of Police & Safety.
Yes, the Bookstore will list the instructor and the required text for each course. However, you may want to wait until after the first class meeting, when the instructor will confirm which books are required.
To look-up required textbooks for your classes, visit the online bookstore.
Yes. You may also be able to sell your used books back to the Bookstore at the end of the semester if they are in good condition.
Students are placed into English and Math using high school 11th grades. You may submit your high school transcript with your 12th grades if you think you may place higher. You may may submit your high school transcript and request using our online prerequisite clearance form.
You can use your scores from another college as long as that college used the ACCUPLAER exam and you can get the raw test scores. To use the scores, you need to:
Show your original raw test scores in person at the Pre-requisite Office in the L building with a photo ID. Or, submit the raw scores of your test online (takes 2 business days).
All your test scores are valid for two years.
You may also request for placement using your high school grades. You may may submit your high school transcript and request using our online prerequisite clearance form.
It's never too late to apply for financial assistance! To receive aid, complete the FAFSA and BOGG forms.
For more information on financial aid, contact PCC's Financial Aid office in L-114 or call us at (626)-585-7401. You need to file between January 1st and March 2nd for the following academic year for priority financial aid. For example, you'll need to file during January 1 - March 2, 2014, for the academic year of 2014-2015 If March 2nd has passed, you can still get financial aid, so you should still apply online.
Great! We offer two types of enrollment for students currently in high school — Dual Enrollment (taking PCC classes during your regular high school day) and Concurrent Enrollment (taking PCC classes outside of your regular high school day).
After you've decided which program you would like to participate in, follow these steps to get started.
Your LancerCard ID (Student ID Card) will be available once you have registered for a class. Just bring a copy of your registration receipt and a photo ID to the LancerCard ID booth located on the first floor of the CC building.
Follow these simple instructions to change your mailing address:
- Login to LancerPoint. Make sure you are in the "Home" tab (left).
- Scroll down and click on "Update Addresses and Phones".
- Confirm if your mailing address is current. If you need to update your address, under the drop-down menu for "Type of Address to Insert", select "Mailing" and click on "Submit".
- Follow the prompts to update your mailing address.
No. Unfortunately, PCC doesn't offer housing, but the Student Life Office (CC-105) and housing boards around campus post notices for roommates and rooms for rent in the local community.
Our counselors are here to help you choose your classes with new student group counseling if you are a first time college student or also in Counseling (L Building). If you are a continuing student, visit a counselor (L Building) or visit the Transfer Center (L Building) for help in planning your academic classes.
Additionally, you can explore the Transfer Center's online resources to help you determine which PCC classes will transfer. View Resources
Because there are too many universities in each state, we don't have transfer articulation for out-of-state colleges/universities. Your PCC credits are transferable everywhere because we are a regionally accredited college, but we do not have the lists of equivalences to out-of-state universities. We recommend that you contact your out-of-state universities and ask what their requirements are. If you receive a list, we can help you identify the “likely” equivalent classes at PCC.
Many UCs and CSUs don't accept second bachelor degree applicants. You can check with the university you are interested in. If they don't, you may consider a Master's or Doctorate degree program instead. Most graduate programs don't require a specific Bachelor degree, but they only ask for a bachelor degree, specific classes, and other materials/requirements.
If you attended middle school or high school in another country, you probably won't be able to take language classes in your native language. See a counselor in the L building for more clarification.
Your foreign language requirements will vary depending on your academic goals. See below for your requirements:
Transfer to a UC:
You don't need to take a foreign language at PCC if you:
- Attended a non-English speaking high school for two or more years in your country OR
- Attended an English speaking high school but you took one foreign language for two years
If you fulfill the above requirements, you'll need to submit your original high school records showing that you attended there for two years to the Admissions office (L Building). We will photocopy your original and return the original copy to you.
Transfer to a CSU
CSUs don't have a language requirement, but you can still take a foreign language class to fulfill their general education requirements or you can choose to take other classes. Also, CSUs don't accept high school credit unless it is AP credit.
Earn a PCC Associate degree
There is no foreign language requirement to graduate.
You may not need to get your foreign credits evaluated. If you want to transfer to a university to get a BA/BS degree, the university will do the foreign credit evaluation. PCC can't evaluate foreign credits for the university since you will be graduating from the university and not PCC. The graduating university or college must decide. We recommend that you connect with institution you are interested in to determine if they will accept credits from your foreign institution. If yes, then you will need to avoid retaking those classes at PCC.
If you already have a foreign BA/BS degree, many public universities in California won't accept second degree applicants, so it's best to connect with the university before you proceed, or you may also consider applying for graduate school instead.
If you want to get an Associate degree from PCC, you will need to get your foreign credits evaluated first by an approved agency. After you have completed 15 units at PCC, you'll need to see a counselor to submit your foreign credits evaluation to PCC for a second evaluation towards our Associate degree general education.
Send an official transcript to the PCC Admissions office. After you've completed 15 units of coursework at PCC, you can request a transcript evaluation with a counselor in the L building.
AP credits are complicated so you should discuss with a counselor if you can use your AP credit. If you are planning to transfer, each university and major has different standards and policies regarding AP credit. If you file for AP credit at PCC and later learn that you need to take the class and want to remove the credit at PCC, we will not be able to remove the credits. See a counselor in the L building for guidance on how to proceed.
If you want to use your AP credit to clear a prerequisite, you can make your request through the Prerequisite Office. To learn how, follow this link.