Academic Advisors primarily meet with new, first-time college students to help them start out on the right path. After completing assessment, Advisors assist students in completing their first semester educational plan, inform students of the various degrees and certificates available at the college, and provide guidance on transfer to colleges and universities. Advisors also inform you of services and resources on campus that will help you succeed at College of the Canyons. Academic Advisors offer specialized workshops, one-on-one appointments, and 'drop-in' sessions. Regardless of how you meet with an Academic Advisor, the goal is to make you feel comfortable getting started at COC and to help you make the right choices.
After you complete 15 units at COC, or if you have already attended a previous college, please make an appointment to see a Counselor to develop your comprehensive educational plan.
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Our Academic Advisors are here to assist you to start at College of the Canyons. After you complete your assessment, you will immediately meet with our Advisors to discuss your academic path.
In the session with an Advisor, you will:
- Discuss the resources appropriate for you at College of the Canyons
- Discuss what path is right for you: Certificate, Associate Degree, or Associate Degree for Transfer
- Select your classes for your first semester
- Learn how to build your education plan using My Academic Plan (MAP)
- Conduct Program Evaluation & discuss appropriate GE patterns
You can meet with an Academic Advisor virtually for both campuses. Advisors are available during business hours. We have appointments and periodic drop-in sessions available.
To schedule an appointment, choose from one the appointment options, or feel free to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a new student, we recommend that you complete all new student steps prior attending your booked appointment.
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.
WHERE DO I FIND MY REGISTRATION DATE?
Inside your MyCanyons Portal under “My Registration Time”.
Contact email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.