Welcome to the Counseling Appointment Page

ATTENTION!  IMPORTANT UPDATE!

Due to a campus-wide FLEX DAY, appointments for the week of February 26 will be available through our ONLINE SCHEDULING SYSTEM ONLY starting at 8:30am on Thursday, February 22.  Staff will NOT be available to answer calls or return call-back requests.

Always check appointment availabilities on Cranium Cafe (see below in APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING OPTIONS) and call the office to check for possible cancellations.  

Counseling Center office hours have been updated.  Starting January 2, 2024, the Counseling office will be closed for on-campus assistance at 12 p.m. on Fridays.  Please see schedule below.

The Counseling Office is located on the 3rd floor of Watson Hall.

NEW OFFICE HOURS
Mondays: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesdays: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Fridays: In-Person: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. / Phone: 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
CLOSED on Weekends & Holidays

Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, February 22 -- Flex Day - No Class - Counseling appointments can be scheduled using the online scheduling system ONLY!

APPOINTMENTS MODALITIES

All types of appointments may now be scheduled online, in-person or by phone. The best times to meet with a counselor are the months of September, October, February and March. Please be aware that it may be difficult to book counseling appointments during peek times.

Appointments are released every THURSDAY starting at 8:30 a.m. for the following week. 

If the online scheduling system says appointments are full, please check Counseling Appointment Updates and Cranium Cafe first, or call the Counseling Center for any additional appointments that may be available. 

Appointments for Unique Needs

The following student groups should meet with specific Counselors for their unique needs:
To schedule an appointment for Academic Probation or Dismissal, please call (714) 432-6902 or email occretention@occ.cccd.edu.

Note: If you have a counseling hold due to your academic standing, you will need to schedule an AIM appointment in order to be eligible to register.

Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) (Formerly DSPS)

ARC Counseling services at Orange Coast College are in place to help students identify and clarify disability-related accommodations, academic class schedules, career and educational goals.  The intent is to help students explore their options and make informed decisions that will improve the quality of their lives.  Our DSPS counselors are available to assist you with the following: 

  • Educational Planning
  • Career Exploration
  • Disability Management Counseling
  • Academic Accommodation Plan (Intake)
  • Referral for on/off Campus Resources
  • Self Advocacy & Communicating with Faculty

Make a ARC Counseling Appointment

For Student-Athletes ONLY!

For full availability of counselors for Student Athletes, please call the Counseling Center during regular business hours.  

Student Athlete Counselors:  
Cynthia Fascella (Full-Time)
Caitlyn Anselmo (Carralejo)*
Jeff Bonds*

When scheduling, students MUST select the sport they participate in.

Make an Appointment with Athletics Counselor

 *Adjunct/Part-Time Counselors with Limited availability 

Drop-In counseling is a 10-minute conversation with a counselor for general information such as prerequisite requirements, general transfer and graduation-related questions, referrals to other programs and services, Math, English and Reading Course placement, questions about comparable courses or general quick questions. Counselors will not be able to review academic records or transcripts in this 10-minute session.

For assistance, please call the Counseling Center at (714) 432-5078.

For registration assistance and resources, check out "Future Pirate Events" from the link below. 

Registration Information

Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS)

Our counselors provide Academic, Career, and Personal Counseling. Each EOPS student is unique, and we take a personal interest in serving you.  We strive to get to know students on an individual basis. We develop close relationships by visiting with students at least three times each semester.

Make an EOPS Appointment

If you need help with understanding how your classes impact your financial aid, your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status, or assistance with an educational plan, the Financial Aid Counselor is more than happy to assist you. 

Make an Appointment with Financial Aid

All current Puente students are welcome and are highly encouraged to meet with the Puente counselor at least once a semester.

The PUENTE Community College Program is a statewide academic, counseling and mentoring program operating in 39 California community colleges and is co-sponsored by the University of California. Its aim is to provide support for students to build the skills necessary for success in both academic and career goals while in community college.

Students enrolled in the PUENTE program work closely with their Counselor, English Instructor and Mentor to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Over its 26-year history on the OCC campus, PUENTE has helped students to earn their degrees, take leadership roles in the community, begin their careers, and return as mentors for new PUENTE students. 

ONLY PUENTE STUDENTS:
Make a PUENTE Appointment

You can also call the Puente Center for availability (714) 432-5046

If you are a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) major, you can schedule an appointment with one of the STEM counselors. 

Make a STEM Appointment

OCC has a designated counselor for our veteran & dependent students who has a thorough understanding of the academic progress needed to fulfill your certificate or degree requirements, in addition to the impact that your course selection will have on your benefits. All military connected students are welcome to take advantage of this service. If you are utilizing VA Education benefits, you will be required to meet with the veteran counselor for most items.

Make a Veterans Appointment

APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING OPTIONS

PHONE APPOINTMENTS

NOT recommended for new students. 

Please call the Counseling office if you prefer a phone appointment.  714-432-5078

Schedule a 30-minute appointment phone appointment if you are a returning or continuing student who requires a Student Educational Plan (SEP) or have questions that require a review of your academic records.  Students are limited to one appointment per week.

NOTE:  A 30-minute counseling appointment will assist students with setting up their Student Educational Plans (SEPs), however, students will not register for classes during their counseling appointments.

ZOOM & IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS

Recommended for NEW & CONTINUING students.

Schedule a 30-minute appointment if you require a Student Educational Plan (SEP) or have questions that require a review of your academic records.  Students can select either an in-person or Zoom appointment when scheduling.  Recommended for NEW and continuing students. 
Students are limited to one appointment per week.

NOTE:  A 30-minute counseling appointment will assist students with setting up their Student Educational Plans (SEPs), however, students will not register for classes during their counseling appointments.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Important Information:
If meeting via Zoom, please use either Google Chrome or Firefox browsers and log in from a computer (not a smart phone) with a microphone and web camera. 

CRANIUM CAFE APPOINTMENTS

Cranium Cafe is an additional online booking system and platform used for appointments.  Schedule a 30-minute appointment online if you require a Student Educational Plan (SEP) or have questions that require a review of your academic records.  Students can select either an in-person, phone, or video appointment when scheduling. Students are limited to one appointment per week.

NOTE: A 30-minute counseling appointment will assist students with setting up their Student Educational Plans (SEPs), however, students will not register for classes during their counseling appointments.

How to Schedule A Cranium Cafe Appointment

MAKE A CRANIUM CAFE APPOINTMENT

Important Information:
These appointments can only be scheduled by logging in to ConexED by clicking on the link above. Please use the step-by-step instructions for assistance.  A staff member will not be able to schedule a Cranium Cafe appointment for the student. 

If meeting via video, please use either Google Chrome or Firefox browsers and log in from a computer (not a smart phone) with a microphone and web camera. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION