Honors Counseling

Honors Counselors are specialists among the counseling faculty, but they do not exclusively see Honors Program students. Consequently, their availability may be quite limited in a given week. When the campus is open, Honors counseling is available in Watson Hall through the Counseling Department (3rd floor) and the Transfer Center (2nd floor).  Our Honors Counselors are:

  • Dr. Carol Barnes
  • Linda Bagatourian (Transfer Center Director)
  • Eric Cuellar
  • Eileen Tom
  • Jared Vidal

You may make an appointment to meet with an honors counselor via Phone, Zoom, or Cranium Cafe.

Check the Counseling Center's Appointment Web Page for instructions for making appointments:

OCC Counseling Appointments 

Honors counseling may include Honors Program eligibility and benefits, (honors) transfer preparation, selection of transfer institutions, course selection, selection of major and alternate major, certification for honors transfer, policy appeals, academic renewal, career guidance, issues of a personal nature, referrals to campus and off-campus resources, concerns about academic performance, and much more. 

Walk-Ins (no appointment):

Any student who needs an answer to a quick question related to eligibility, enrollment, and continuing participation in the Honors Program, Honors transfer, or other honors benefits or requirements, may visit the Counseling Appointment Counter on the 3rd floor of Watson Hall to ask when an Honors Counselor is scheduled to provide assistance at the Resource Desk for walk-ins. The counter staff will have information for the current day and may have the information for a few days further in the future.

By Appointment:

All students seeking Honors counseling on an appointment basis should have transcripts from high school and any other colleges attended, as well as AP scores (if applicable), on file with the OCC Records Office at least one month before meeting with an Honors Counselor. It is also preferred that a new student bring with them copies of these documents in case the official copies are not yet accessible to the counselor.

To make a counseling appointment (honors or non-honors), you can use the appointment link or make one by phone or in person. For making an appointment in person, plan to be in line by 8:30 a.m. at the 3rd floor Counseling Reception Desk on any Thursday morning for an appointment  the following week. Appointments are also available by phone at (714) 432-5078. *** Warning: Appointments fill quickly. Often, by 9:30 or 10:00am, all appointments for the following week have been scheduled.***

You will need your student ID number and date of birth. Online appointments become available at 8:30am Thursday mornings for the following week only. Be sure you know the names of honors counselor(s) with whom you wish to meet (Dr. Carol Barnes, Linda Bagatourian, Eileen Tom, Eric Cuellar, or Jared Vidal).

If asking a friend or family member to make the appointment for you, be sure they have your student ID and birth date, the names of honors counselors, and several days and times during the next week when you’ll be available to meet with a counselor.