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New Student Advising

New Students - To register for classes you must first complete our Steps to Enrollment. Then return here for information on Academic Advising.

Welcome to Santa Barbara City College!

Academic Advising is required of all students who are new to college, or attended only while in high school, and who plan to earn a Certificate, Associate Degree, or transfer to a four-year college.

New Student Academic Advising Sessions will help you:

  • Learn about SBCC degree and certificate requirements
  • Learn about transfer requirements
  • Choose appropriate courses to meet your educational goal(s)
  • Understand English and math assessment test results
  • Understand pre-requisites and skills advisories
  • Understand registration procedures
  • Develop a first semester course schedule that considers your assessment results, educational goals, timeline, study skills, work and personal responsibilities

Choose from On-Campus Group Academic Advising or Online Academic Advising/Class Planning

Option 1: On-Campus Group Academic Advising

On Campus Academic Advising Sessions give you the opportunity to build your first semester plan in person. They last about 2.5 hours (depending on the size of the group) and are lead by Academic Counselors.

To Do (Before your Academic Advising Session)
  • Take your English and math Assessment Exams
  • Complete Orientation
  • Register for Group On-Campus Advising: Click on this link to register for a Friday session (1:00 - 3:30 p.m.). 

    On Campus Group New Student Advising dates:

    June 9th, 23rd, and 30th
    July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th
    August 4th
Important Information
  • All sessions are held in Student Services Building.
  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to check in at the ACC Front Desk (on the first floor of the Student Services Building)
  • Bring your photo ID, assessment results and Pipeline username and password.
  • You will be able to register for classes if you have your assessment results AND you attend a session that takes place on or after your individual registration date.
  • To find your individual registration date, log into your Pipeline Account - Click on "Registration," then "Check Your Pre-Registration Requirements and Appointment."
  • Your Academic Advising/Class Planning hold will be cleared during this session.
  • If you sign-up but then complete Online Advising/Class Planning instead, or if you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible by replying to your confirmation email, or calling 805-965-0581 x 2491, so your space becomes available for other new students.
  • Parking is limited on the SBCC campus - click here for more information about parking.

Option 2: Online Academic Advising

This online program created and delivered by SBCC counselors will assist you in the development of a first semester course plan. You will learn about key concepts to consider when selecting your classes. When you complete online advising, you should be able to design a first semester plan on your own using all the information you gained from the online advising.

To Do
Important Information
  • You are strongly urged to take the assessment tests in English and math before completing new student advising.
  • Once you have completed advising, you will be prepared to choose your first semester classes.
  • After you submit your first semester education plan, there will be an "advising hold." This advising hold will be cleared within 24 hours following your plan submission. After it clears, you may register for classes.
  • If you still have questions after you have completed online advising, our counselors are glad to assist you at the Front Desk of the Academic Counseling Center. Please be prepared with your assessment results and proposed first semester plan. A counselor will review your first semester schedule and provide you with feedback based on your assessment results, course skills advisories, major, educational goal(s), course availability, and transfer goal.

Next Steps

  • If you know your major:
    Schedule an individual counseling appointment beginning the third week of the semester to develop an informed/comprehensive SEP (Student Educational Plan).

  • If you don't know your major:
    Visit the Career Center to explore possible majors before scheduling your appointment with the Academic Counseling Center.
  • Plan to transfer?
    First, have some specific transfer schools in mind. If you know your major and would like to transfer to a California public university, you can view the required lower division courses for your major at or check out the First-Year Course Recommendations for specific courses for your major.

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