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Academic Advising

  • Academic Advisors primarily meet with new and first-time college students to assist them in beginning their academic pathways at College of the Canyons. Students often meet with an academic advisor to discuss the following:

    • Discuss appropriate academic pathways (based on your acadmic and career goals).
    • Create a one-semester education plan.
    • Help with selecting classes using My Academic Plan - MAP web tool.
    • Discuss appropriate general education pattern(s).
    • Explore university transfer options.
    • When needed, conduct degree audit for progress status.
    • Review transcripts (including CollegeBoard AP scores) for prerequisite course eligibility.

     

    Academic Advisors also assist students with identifying helpful campus resources and services that will help the student succeed at College of the Canyons. After completion of 15 units, students are advised to meet with a counselor to create their comprehensive education plan.

    Students can meet with advisors in one-on-one appointments, express drop-in sessions, and specialized workshops. Regardless of how you meet with an Academic Advisor, the goal is to help you feel confident and informed about starting your journey at College of the Canyons.

  • Anthony Morris  Anthony works at our Valencia campus. In addition to working in education, Anthony also brings professional experience from the entertainment industry and you can tell from his outgoing, enthusiastic approach to helping students. He has his master's degree in Educational Counseling and is motivated by his students. He loves creating new and innovative ways to help our students reach their goals.

    Sarah Ramos  Sarah is our Canyon Country Academic Advisor.  She has a master's degree in Social Work and you can tell she cares deeply for our students. Sarah is dedicated to our students and wants to ensure they have everything they need at our Canyon Country campus.

    Brandon Thompson  Brandon works at our Valencia campus, has his master's degree in Educational Counseling, and has been advising students for over 5 years. He is cool, calm, collected, and is dedicated to the success of our students.

    Paloma Rico Biography coming soon!

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  • Academic Advisors are here to help you begin your journey at College of the Canyons. After completing your assessment, you can meet with an academic advisor for further assistance.

    In the session with an advisor, you can:

    • Discuss appropriate academic pathways (based on your acadmic and career goals).
    • Plan and select your classes for your first semester (using My Academic Plan - MAP).
    • Discuss appropriate general education pattern(s).
    • Explore university transfer options.
    • When needed, conduct degree audit for progress status.
    • Review transcripts (including AP scores) for prerequisite course eligibility.
    • Discuss campus resources and available services available.

    You can meet with an Academic Advisor in-person or virtually (via Zoom). Advisors are available during business hours. We have appointments and periodic drop-in sessions available as well.

    To schedule an appointment, choose from one the appointment options, or feel free to send an e-mail to advising@canyons.edu for additional questions.

    Online Zoom Appointments   In-Person Appointments

    **IMPORTANT**

    If you are a new student, we recommend that you complete all new student steps prior attending your booked appointment.

  • Valencia Campus

    Welcome Center, TLC 168 (next to The Learning Center entrance)

    Monday - Thursday: 9am - 6pm
    Friday: 9am - 1pm
    *Closed Wednesdays 10am - 11am for department meeting*

    Phone: (661) 362-3457

    Email: advising@canyons.edu 

    Book future appointments: Academic Advisor Appointments

     

  • FAQ’s

    HOW DO I DECLARE A MAJOR?

    You should have declared a major in your initial enrollment application. You can always change your major by meeting with an Academic Advisor or Counselor.

    IS IT MANDATORY TO MEET WITH AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR IN ORDER TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS?           

    No. However, many students have additional clarifying questions that can best be addressed by an Academic Advisor or Counselor. And remember, we also have advisement videos on our webpage for additional guidance on-demand.

    I KNOW WHAT CLASSES TO TAKE, BUT I NEED HELP REGISTERING FOR A COURSE. WHO CAN I ASK FOR HELP?

    If you need guidance on navigating My Canyons or MAP to register for a planned class, then our Virtual "Ask Me" Welcome Center can assist. Here’s the link to the Welcome Center: https://www.canyons.edu/studentservices/outreach/welcomecenter/

    If you need help planning classes, you will have to speak to an Academic Advisor or Counselor.

     

    HOW DO I KNOW WHAT CLASSES TO TAKE FIRST?

    You are always free to meet with an Academic Advisor or Counselor for more assistance. For immediate access, we recommend viewing our new online PROGRAM MAPPER tool. This tool allows you to view coursework needed for your major program here at COC. You may also review our Advisement Videos to assist you in what types of courses may be good to take first.

    https://www.canyons.edu/studentservices/enrollmentservices/academicadvisors/index.php

     

    WHERE DO I FIND MY REGISTRATION DATE?

    Inside your MyCanyons Portal under “My Registration Time”.

    Contact admissions@canyons.edu for more information about registration

     

    DO I HAVE TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER?

    No, however, you can complete your academic goal in a more timely manner if you enroll in courses during the intersessions (Winter and Summer).

     

    HOW DO I SUBMIT MY TRANSCRIPT FROM AN OUTSIDE COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY?

    All outside official transcripts should be sent to the Admissions and Records office here at College of the Canyons. In most cases, your previous institution will send your outside transcripts after you intiate a request at that institution. Please contact your previous school for more information.

     

    WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CANYONS PROMISE PROGRAM?

    If you have any questions about the Canyons Promise Program, please visit the Canyons Promise webpage at https://www.canyons.edu/studentservices/enrollmentservices/canyonspromise/contactus, or send an e-mail to promise@canyons.edu.

     

    WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE ASSESSMENT AND PLACEMENT LEVELS?

    You can learn more about placement levels and AB705/AB1805 information on the Assessment Center webpage at https://www.canyons.edu/studentservices/assessment/placementlevels/, or you can send an e-mail to Assessment@canyons.edu. Every placement level on our assessment system includes a transfer-level English and math placement course. In addition, for those students with ESL advisory placements, they may choose to optionally enroll in ESL courses up to ESL 100 or English 101 (transfer-level), regardless of their ESL advisory placement. If you need help selecting the right courses, you are already at the right place! Make an appointment or contact Advising for questions about planning out the courses you need for your major.