How Do I Become A Student at PC?

1. Admissions

New, returning, and continuing students must complete the admission or update process on the web. Admission and update forms are available online at For information call 791-2220.

2. Assessment

Assessment is a process of gathering information about an individual to facilitate student success. Assessment testing is used to measure your writing, reading, and mathematics skills in order to assist you in selecting program goals and specific courses. Test results, along with other assessment criteria, provide counselors with important information to assist them in providing guidance to you. Assessment sessions usually last about 2 ½ - 4 hours depending on which assessment is taken.

After completing an admissions or update form, you can make an appointment for the assessment in AC-126 or by calling 559-791-2329.

The assessment is required if you plan to take an English, math, or other class with related prerequisites.

Students can also request an English as a Second Language special assessment and special accommodations for students with learning disabilities.

3.  Orientation

Students must take the assessment session prior to attending an orientation. You can make an appointment for the orientation in AC-126 or by calling 559-791-2329. Orientation is a one-hour session filled with important information about the following topics:

  • Registration procedures
  • Deadlines, financial aid
  • On-campus resources
  • Policies and procedures
  • Majors and certificates
  • Educational goals
  • Graduation requirements
  • Transfer requirements

At the end of orientation students will also be given their assessment scores and explanation on how to interpret their scores.

4. Academic Advising

Counselors will:

  • Review your assessment scores with you for recommended placement in courses.
  • Develop an Student Educational Plan (SEP)

For an advising appointment, call 791-2329 or stop by AC-126. For new students, please bring a copy of your high school transcripts to your advising session.

Walk-in Advising

Walk-in advising days and times are available by calling 791-2329. Students can be seen by a counselor, without an appointment, on a first-come, first-serve basis.