Counseling Appointments

Academic Counselors assist with educational and career planning, transfer preparation, problem solving and decision making. Counselors offer guidance throughout the time you are enrolled at Columbia and it is recommended that you work with a counselor on a regular basis. In general, you can usually schedule an appointment within 1-2 weeks.

Now, in addition to scheduled appointments, you can connect with our counselors by using our virtual kiosk in Starfish, calling in, or stopping by the counseling office to get on the drop-in waitlist for a same-day call back or walk-in*. Check out the chart below to see what will work best for you and the links to make it happen.  



Scheduled Appointments:

Offered daily on a first-come, first-served basis, ideal for quick questions, such as:

  • First semester course selection
  • Same semester course questions, including add, drop, overload, pass/no pass grading options
  • Clearing prerequisites using high school or other college transcripts
  • General education requirements
  • Information on academic policies and forms
  • Dates/how to register for classes
  • Campus resources and support
  • Strategies for studying, time management

Offered daily, 30-60 minutes appointments are ideal for:

  • Educational plans
  • Degree/Certificate requirements
  • Graduation applications 
  • Transcript evaluation review
  • Major & career exploration
  • Personal issues affecting academics
  • Academic probation and/or dismissal concerns and support
  • Financial Aid appeals
  • Transfer planning
  • University application assistance/review
Add yourself to the drop in list here for a call back: Starfish Academic Counseling Drop-Ins**   Find your counselor and schedule an appointment here: Counseling Staff & Appointment Info
eadvising button  We also have an e-advising option to help provide answers to individual student questions. You can use this e-advising link, or email your counselor directly (find in Starfish Success Network or on Counseling Staff page).
  • Call 209.588.5109 or current students can schedule online through Starfish. See all available appointments through the Counseling Service Calendar or your assigned Counselor/s in your Student Success Network.
    • If you are looking to meet with a counselor from a Special Program (CalWorks, DSPS, EOPS, CARE, Foster Youth, Veterans, TRiO, or Dream Resource Center), check out our website to see how to make an appointment or call 209-588-5130.
  • You can meet with any counselor, but you have an assigned counselor based on your major or program such as athletics, enrolled in high school or any of our Special Programs, such a such as TRiO, EOPS/CARE, Foster Youth, VA, or DSPS.
  • You will receive a confirmation of your appointment in your student email (from Starfish--check junk mail if you don't see it, then make Starfish a 'safe sender') with the instructions and/or log in information for your appointment.
  • If you need to cancel, no problem. Please use Starfish or call 209-588-5109, 24-hours in advance to open that time to another student.

Bring a list of questions! Also bring any items you want to review such as transcripts from a previous college or admissions requirements from a school you are interested in transferring to. You can bring unofficial copies (meaning not in a sealed envelope) or if they were already submitted officially to Admissions and Records, we'll have them available. Check out our Educational Plan page for specific information you will need for those appointments.

Counselors are trained to assist you in a wide range of personal topics and conversations will remain confidential. They are also able to refer you to for additional support if needed, such as Crisis and Mental Health Counseling available to Columbia College students for free (located in the Health Services offices in Pinyon and by phone at 209-588-5204).

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