The Low Down: How to make a counseling appointment in person
The most common complaint voiced by students is the impossibility of scoring an appointment with the Counseling Department. With over 30,000 students at PCC and only 17 full-time counselors, persistence and know-how is key to getting one of these coveted spots. During the last academic year, the Counseling Department was able to schedule 28,000 student appointments. Here’s how to make sure you don’t get left behind.
Appointments are available five days a week in L-104: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are scheduled three times each day in order to accommodate all students’ schedules:
- 8 a.m. (for appointments 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
- 12:15 p.m. (for appointments 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
- 4:15 p.m. (for appointments 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
Counseling appointments can be scheduled up to one week in advance. It is important to note that appointments can only be scheduled during the same time block when the appointment is made (i.e. appointments made on a Monday at 8 a.m. must take place sometime before the following Monday between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.).
It is highly recommended that students arrive as early as possible for any time block, 30 minutes to an hour beforehand is optimal. Also, don’t forget to bring a photo ID.