How should I prepare for my Counseling Appointment?
Write down your specific questions ahead of time and bring them to your counseling
Plan to arrive on time -- appointments are only 30 minutes in length.
If you have taken courses at colleges other than Skyline College, College of San Mateo
or Cañada College, you should bring a copy of your (official or unofficial) transcript
to your counseling appointment.
What is a SEP and how do I know if I need one?
A SEP or Student Educational Plan is like a personal map that you develop with your
counselor. The SEP "map" is designed to outline what courses you should complete semester
by semester in order to successfully meet your educational goal. If you have an educational
goal, you should meet with your counselor regularly to develop and update your SEP.
Students with a current SEP on file are provided with priority registration.
Do I need to make an appointment for a SEP or can I just drop in?
Yes, you should arrange a 30-minute counseling appointment to ensure the best possible
advising and planning for a SEP. Often, the questions raised in exploring your educational
goals require more time than is allowed in a short drop-in visit.
What should I do if I am having difficulty deciding on a major or career goal?
The Explorers Program can help you begin exploring different majors or careers. You may also choose to
take a course such as CRER 136 or CRER 137 (Life and Career Planning) to help you
make an informed decision. Your counselor can also assist you through the decision-making
Am I assigned a counselor?
You are not assigned a counselor unless you are part of a special program that requires
counseling, such as EOPS, DSPS, TRIO or Veterans.
How do I make a counseling appointment?
Counseling appointments can be made by calling the counseling office at (650)738-4318 or by stopping by the counseling office. View our location and hours here
What is walk-in counseling for?
Walk-ins are quick, 20-minute sessions, offered only on a limited basis. Walk-ins
are not appropriate for students who need student educational plans (SEP), AA/AS or
certificate evaluations, transfer evaluations or who are on academic probation/dismissal
Students needing those services must make a regular counseling appointment through
the Student Success Link.
Can I audit a course?
Please see our auditing policy in the catalog.