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Counseling FAQ

  1. How do I register for classes?
  2. How often do classes meet?
  3. What time do I attend classes?
  4. What do course numbers mean?
  5. How many units must I take to be a full-time student?
  6. What is the maximum number of units I may take?
  7. How long will it take to complete a degree at FLC/EDC?
  8. Do I have to repeat a class in which I received a "D" or "F" grade?
  9. How do I withdraw or drop a class?
  10. What should I do if I am on probation?
  11. If I plan to transfer to a four-year college, can I also get an associate degree?
  12. What is the IGETC?
  13. What is general education certification?
  14. Do I have to declare a major?
  15. How do I get a refund?
  16. Where do I buy a parking permit?
  17. Do I need to purchase separate parking permits if I attend more than one location?
  18. Where can I go to see a counselor?
  19. Where can I get my grades?

  1. How do I register for classes?
    As a new student you should follow the
    Steps to Success. The most convenient method of registration is to use e-Services (online registration).

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  2. How often do classes meet?
    All college courses at FLC/EDC are completed in one semester or less. A semester is 16 weeks in length; however, eight week and other shorter classes are also offered. Be aware that late start and short term classes meet the same number of hours and cover the same amount of material as the same class that meets for the full semester.

    For a typical full semester class, the hours the class meets per week usually equals the number of units the class is worth. That means that most classes will meet three hours per week. The hours may be in a three hour block or spread out in a variety of combinations. A three-unit class will usually meet either for one hour a week, three times a week; or for one and a half hours a week, twice a week.

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  3. What time do I attend classes?
    You may arrange your time schedule to meet your needs. However, be advised to adhere to the following guidelines:

    You may take classes which meet for consecutive hours, but be sure that consecutive classes are at the same location. If one class is at an off-site location, you will need to allow for travel time. If your classes are at the same location, it is fine to take a class from 9:00-9:50 and one from 10:00-10:50. It is not necessary to take classes consecutively; some students prefer to have study time directly after each class. Be careful not to sign up for classes which overlap in time. For example, you may not sign up for a class that begins at 9:30 if you have a class that ends at 9:50. You may take both day and evening classes.

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  4. What do course numbers mean?
    Courses numbered 300-499 are generally transferable to CSU, UC and private university systems. Courses numbered 1-299 do not transfer to the above mentioned school systems. For transferability of specific courses, refer to the college catalog. In addition, courses numbered 100-299 apply toward the associate degree and courses numbered 1-99 do not. 


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  5. How many units must I take to be a full-time student?
    A full time student must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units. Your status as a full-time student is important if you are involved in
    Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOP&S) and/or are receiving financial aid. Your status may also be important if you are receiving Social Security, veteran's benefits, or have automobile or medical insurance which requires full-time status.

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  6. What is the maximum number of units I may take?
    The college policy for the maximum number of units per semester is 18 (full-time status is 12 units). The maximum number of units for summer session is 8 units. Students wishing to take mre than 18 units during a semester must obtain approval from a counselor and submit appropriate documentation to the Admissions office.

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  7. How long will it take to complete a degree at FLC?
    It is difficult to answer this question because so much depends on how much time you have to devote to school. Remember, many classes are offered during summer sessions. Taking summer classes can help you achieve your goal more quickly.

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  8. Do I have to repeat a class in which I received a "D" or "F" grade?
    It is to the student's benefit to repeat a class in which he/she received a grade of "D" or "F" in order to raise the GPA. In order to satisfy major and General Education Requirements for IGETC and Areas A and B4 of the CSU GE Breadth Pattern, the student must have a minimum of "C" grade.

    If you received a grade of "D" or "F" in a course, you may enroll in the course again. You should fill out the "
    Course Repetition Notification" form and submit it to the Admissions Office at the time of initial enrollment.

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  9. How do I withdraw or drop a class?
    As a student, you are responsible (not the instructor) for withdrawing from classes in which you are officially enrolled. The Student should drop the class online via e-services. If you fail to attend a class in which you are officially enrolled and do not drop the class, you are still liable for the fees and may receive an "F" or "W" grade. Be sure to check the "
    Important Dates" calendar. Deadlines vary for dropping short-term classes.

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  10. What should I do if I am on probation?
    Please don't wait until you are on probation before you seek help. There are many services and people on campus to help if you are struggling academically or if you are dealing with circumstances that prevent you from completing your courses. If, however, you do find yourself on either academic or progress probation and you are subject to dismissal, you will need to see a counselor to petition for readmission. We hope that with assistance and intervention this can be prevented.

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  11.  If I plan to transfer to a four-year college, can I also get an associate degree?
    Yes, by taking the courses required for transfer, you will more than likely meet the requirements for an associate degree as well. Additional requirements that you may need are a physical education course, multicultural course and fulfillment of reading competency. Check with a counselor for assessment of your specific needs.

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  12. What is the IGETC?
    IGETC, Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, is a general education pattern which community college transfer students can use to fulfill lower-division general education requirements in either the CSU or UC systems. You must complete the entire IGETC in order to have it accepted as meeting the general education requirements at the transfer institution and to have it certified. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. IGETC is not appropriate for all majors; make an
    appointment to see a counselor.

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  13. What is general education certification?
    All California state colleges and universities accept a common pattern of general education. If you complete courses in accordance with the pattern prior to transferring to one of the 23 state universities, you may request that Folsom Lake College Admissions and Records certify the general education on your official transcript. General education certifications must be done via appointment with an FLC counselor.  All 23 state universities will honor this certification stamp; that is, you will not be required to take additional lower division general education courses in those areas certified.

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  14.  Do I have to declare a major?
    It is not necessary to declare a major the first semester you register at FLC/EDC/RCC. However, it is to your advantage to decide on a major so that you can plan to earn a degree or certificate and/or complete transfer requirements. We recommend you take a career exploration class and/or consult with a counselor to help you with major and career choices.

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  15. How do I get a refund?
    To be eligible for a refund, classes must be dropped by appropriate deadline dates. It is the student's responsibility to drop the class as well as file a refund request form. Refund forms must be filed by the last day of the semester or session. Forms are available at the FLC, EDC, and RCC Student Services offices.

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  16. Where do I buy a parking permit?
    Parking permits may be purchased at the FLC, EDC or RCC Student Services offices.

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  17. Do I need to purchase separate parking permits if I attend more than one location?
    No - one parking permit is valid for every location in the Los Rios Community College District. For example, a FLC parking permit can be used at ARC.

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  18. Where can I go to see a counselor?
    Counselors are available at all of our sites: FLC, EDC and RCC. Call each office for appointments.

    Folsom Lake College: 916-608-6510
    El Dorado Center: 530-642-5645
    Rancho Cordova Center: 916-255-0717


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  19. Where can I get my grades?
    Grades are available on
    Los Rios e-Services, the online registration system.

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