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Preparing For Your Counseling Appointment

The most successful students are those who take responsibility for their own educational progress. This often begins with a visit with one of the Counseling Faculty at Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, or the Rancho Cordova Center. Counselors will help guide you through academic and career planning and help with personal problems which may impede your academic progress. You will get the most out of your visit with a counselor if you have thought about a few questions, bring necessary documents and learned some basics about college requirements.

If you complete the following list, you'll get the most out of your counseling appointment.

  1. Take the Math and English Assessments and bring your scores when you meet with the counselor. Get information about assessment dates and time on the Assessments page above or in the student services office.
  2. Bring all other college transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) to your counseling appointment. We will also need your high school transcript if you graduated within the last five years.
  3. Obtain and read the Folsom Lake College catalog. Many of your questions may be answered there. Be sure to study the graduation and general education transfer requirements.
  4. There are important dates listed at the front of the current semester class schedule and online. These include the last day to drop a class, the last day to petition for credit / no credit, etc.

Choosing Classes

  1. Your assessment results, as well as prior classes, will help determine which English, Math or reading classes you are eligible for. Questions regarding your recommended placements may be discussed at your appointment.
  2. Decide how many units you want to take.
  3. From the class schedule, make a list of classes that seem interesting or may be required. Also consider a Human & Career Development class such as Career/Life Planning or College Success.
  4. From that list, select those that will give you the number of units you want to take.

Now decide:

  • Do you need assistance in reading, writing or math?
  • Which skills, competencies or specific knowledge do you want to acquire in college?
  • What majors are you considering?
  • Which occupations do you want to learn more about?
  • Will you be working while attending school? If so, how many hours per week?


Please bring these completed pages to your counseling appointment.