Academic Counseling Center

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New Student Academic Counseling

All New to College students must complete our steps to enrollment in order to register for classes.

Step 1 Apply to SBCC
Step 2 Check your student portal
Step 3 Apply for Financial Aid
Step 4 Participate in Orientation
Step 5 Take placement Exams/clear pre-requisite
Step 6 Academic Advising (On-line or Group)

Completing Academic Advising is required of all students who have never attended college, or attended only while in high school, and who plan to earn a Certificate, Associate Degree, or transfer to a four-year college.

At New Student Academic Advising, with academic counseling assistance, you will:

  • Learn about SBCC degree and certificate requirements
  • Learn about Transfer requirements
  • Choose appropriate courses to meet your educational goal(s)
  • Understand English and math assessment test results
  • Understand pre-requisites and skills advisories
  • Understand registration procedures
  • Develop a first semester course schedule that considers your assessment results, educational goals, timeline, study skills, work and personal responsibilities.

Academic counselors conduct the on-campus academic counseling sessions and assist you in determining your first semester plan. On-campus New Student Academic Advising is very comprehensive (2.5 hours); and you will walk away with a first semester plan! If you have completed orientation, taken your assessment tests and your registration date has arrived, you will even be able to register during the academic advising session.

If you complete ONLINE academic advising– also created and delivered by academic counselors, you should be able to design a first semester plan on your own using all the information you gained from the on-line academic advising program. If you still have questions after you have completed online academic counseling, counselors are glad to assist you at the New Student Station of the Academic Counseling Center. A counselor will review your first semester schedule and provide you with feedback based on your assessment tests, course skills advisories, major, educational goal(s), course availability, and the college and/or university to which you would like to eventually transfer from SBCC.  To download a handout with a summary of guidelines for first semester course planning, click here.

If you know your major, then you can schedule an individual counseling appointment beginning the third week of the semester to develop an informed/comprehensive SEP (Student Educational Plan). If your goal is to transfer, you also want to have a few transfer schools in mind. Meanwhile, if you know your major and would like to transfer to a California public university, you can view the required lower division courses for your major at or check out to the First-Year Course Recommendations section of our website for specific course recommendations for your major.

If you do not know your major, then please visit the Career Center to explore possible majors BEFORE scheduling your appointment with the Academic Counseling Center.

Please note HIT/CIM students must go to for Student Education Plans, Transcript Evaluations and academic counseling support.

For Summer/Fall 2015 registration New to College students must complete Option 1 or 2.


Option 1. On-Line New Student Academic Advising Sessions

This online program will assist you in the development of a first semester course plan. You will learn about key concepts to consider when selecting your classes. You are strongly urged to take the assessment tests in English and Math before completing new student academic advising. To begin the program, you will be asked to log into your Pipeline account so be sure to have your log-in information ready. Click here to begin Online New Student Academic Advising. Your academic advising hold will be cleared within 2-3 business days. (If you are a new student you will not be able to register until the hold is cleared). Once you have completed academic counseling you should be prepared to choose your first semester classes. If you are still unsure about how to proceed, download this handout with a summary of guidelines for first semester course planning, click here or check out to the First-Year Course Recommendations section of our website for specific course recommendations for your major. If you have further questions after you've planned your first semester, you may speak with a counselor at the Front Desk of the Academic Counseling Center. Please be prepared with your assessment results and proposed first semester plan. One on one counseling appointments will be available for long term planning the third week of the semester.

Option 2. On-Campus New Student Academic Advising Sessions

For new Summer/Fall 2015 students, Academic Advising Sessions are held from March to August. All Academic Advising sessions take place in a computer lab on the SBCC campus with counselors. You will be notified of your session date within 2 business days. Space is limited based on computer lab capacity. Before you attend the 2.5 hour Academic Advising Session, you must take your assessment exams and complete Orientation. Bring your assessment results, if available, and Pipeline username and password to the session. You will be able to register for classes provided you have your assessment results and you attend a session that takes place on or after your individual registration date. Log onto your Pipeline account to access your personal registration date; click on "registration"; then "check your pre-registration requirements and appointment".

The tentative dates and times for New Student Academic Advising are listed below. You will be able to Click here to reserve a space in an upcoming on-campus session no more than 2 weeks in advance. Be sure you are using your Pipeline account not a Google account. Please arrive at least 10 minutes in advance to check in. If you sign-up and then complete online academic counseling instead, or if you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible by replying to your confirmation email, or calling 965-0581 x2491, so your space becomes available for other new students.

There is NO open parking while school is in session (January 24-August 8). For parking longer than 30 minutes while SBCC is in spring or summer session, 3-hour and full-day paid passes are available for $2 and $5 in Lots 2-C (La Playa East), 3 (La Playa West), and 5-2, 5-3, 5-4 (the West Campus parking structure, levels 2, 3, and 4). Reserved parking is enforced at all times.


All sessions are held in Student Services Building (SS 120/250).

Friday Nov, 6th 1:00-3:30 pm
Friday Nov, 20th 1:00-3:30 pm
Friday Dec, 4th 1:00-3:30 pm
Friday Jan, 8th 1:00-3:30 pm
Tuesday Jan, 12th 5:00-7:30 pm

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