The most successful students are those who take responsibility for their own educational progress. This often begins with a visit with one of the Folsom Lake College's counseling faculty. 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 give pull together your necessary documents, learn some basics about college requirements, and give some thought to your college and career aspirations.

By completing the following list, you'll get the most out of your counseling appointment:

  • Determine your English and math placement based on your high school records placement (we recommend you bring a copy of your high school transcript with you to your appointment). 
  • Bring all other college transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) to your counseling appointment. Also bring any AP, CLEP, or IB test scores, if you’ve taken those tests.
  • Obtain and read the Folsom Lake College catalog. Copies are available to purchases in the FLC College Store and a PDF version is also available online. Many of your questions may be answered there. Be sure to study the graduation and general education transfer requirements.
  • Review important dates listed on the Academic Calendar & Deadlines page. These include the last day to drop a class, the last day to petition for credit/no credit, etc.

Choosing Classes

  • Your placements, as well as prior classes taken, will help determine which English and math classes you are eligible for. Questions regarding your recommended placements may be discussed at your appointment.
  • Decide how many units you want to take.
  • From the class schedule, make a list of classes that seem interesting or may be required. Also consider a Human/Career Development (HCD) class such as Life and Career Planning or College Success. From that list, select those that will give you the number of units you want to take.

Other Things to Consider

  • 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?