Step 5: Make an Educational Plan

After you have your placement results, register for an Academic Planning Session to create a first semester educational plan. Your educational plan will outline which courses you should take to meet your educational goal. Planning sessions are for first time, new students only – not for students who have attended college before or parents.

Register for an Academic Planning Session

Academic Planning Sessions (APS) are offered at each of our three locations. Space is limited, and is offered on a first come, first served basis. To register for an upcoming session, choose from the locations below. Dates and times will be provided once you log in. 

Register for Main Folsom Campus APS

Register for El Dorado Center APS

Register for Rancho Cordova Center APS

Come Prepared

Before your planning session, spend some time thinking about your education and career goals. On the day of your planning session, remember to bring the following:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Los Rios Student ID number
  • High school transcripts
  • AP, CLEP, or IB test scores, if you’ve taken those tests
  • College transcripts, if you’ve been to college before

Educational Plan Checklist

Items Timeframe
Sign up for Academic Planning Session. As soon as you get your placement results.
Gather required materials for planning session. Before your planning session.
Attend planning session and create educational plan. Before April 1 for summer or fall classes, or before November 1 for spring classes.

What to Expect From Your Academic Planning Session

During the planning session, you will put together a first semester education plan with an academic counselor. Educational plans are required for new students in order to receive priority registration, and will help assist you in determining appropriate classes you can take your first term. Planning sessions will cover general education requirements, major preparation, pre and co-requisites, class search, and college resources. Each session will take approximately 1.5 hours. 

Follow Up Counseling Services

Counseling services are offered at all three of our campuses. We encourage students to meet with a counselor to develop a comprehensive plan after attending an Academic Planning Session, which will include semesters beyond the first, and is specific to each student's educational goals.