The College Advising Center is located in the Welcome Center in Building 25, Student and Administrative Services. The center has catalogs and applications for Washington State colleges and universities, as well as both print media and computerized researching tools for degree and program information for most colleges and training institutions in the United States. For additional counseling, advising, and career planning resources, call (360) 596-5241 or email .
Education Plans are required for students receiving Financial Aid, in the Worker Retraining Program and the Opportunity Grant Program. To receive an Education Plan:
1. Get copies of all transcripts from other colleges and universities you have attended. You will need to submit official transcripts to have them implemented in your degree program. You can fill out the Transfer of Credit Request form on the Transfer Policies and Procedures page. Keep in mind that transfer evaluations can take up to eight weeks to process and your Education Plan cannot be completed without the transfer of credit evaluation completed first.
2. Complete the Education Plan Request online.
3. We will contact you when your education plan is complete. We make every effort to return Educational Plans to you in a timely manner. Please be aware during peak times (financial aid application due date, spring graduation, etc.) that it may take longer than usual to receive your plan. Please submit the form giving adequate leeway for us to return your plan to you!
4. The individual student is ultimately responsible for his/her educational and life decisions.
5. Once your plan is complete you will be able to view and print your plan from the Degree Audit webpage. If you are required to turn in a copy of your Education Plan you will need to print from Degree Audit. Paper copies of Educational Plans are not provided.
If you are trying to register for a class that you have met the prerequisite via another college, high school transcript, test scores from another center or a previous South Puget Sound Community College course then you can request an entry code from the Advising Center. To receive an Entry Code you need to email using your email program of choice with the following information:
- Your first and last name
- Your date of birth
- Your Student ID number
- A contact email address
- The course(s) you wish to register or waitlist for that require an entry code
- Attach any documentation necessary to show you have met the prerequisite (ex: If a course required English 101 completion and you took English 101 at another college, scan and attach a copy of your transcript from the college showing English 101 completion.)
If you have already submitted documentation to SPSCC (an official transfer of credit request, transcripts are already on file at Enrollment Services, etc.) or the prerequisite is being met by a course you took at SPSCC then you do not need to submit any further documentation. Please indicate in your email that your documentation is already on file.
We will respond to you in one to two business days with your entry code(s) upon verification of your documentation that you have met the prerequisite for the courses you have requested. You will be sent an email with your entry code(s) and instructions on how to register for your classes.
The advising program at South Puget Sound Community College provides students with the knowledge needed to identify their educational goals, develop an appropriate educational plan, and monitor their progress toward achieving those goals.
The college's educational advising program is based on the following assumptions:
- Educational advising is an integral part of a comprehensive student success program.
- Student/faculty interaction is an important factor in student success, and educational advising provides for such interaction.
- The college is responsible for providing varied approaches to advising that serve the diverse student population.
- The individual student is ultimately responsible for his/her educational and life decisions.
For students who are new to South Puget Sound Community College. This is group advising in a computer lab. You will receive a degree planner for the degree you are working on and will be assigned an advisor. You will also receive help registering for classes using the online tools for students. New Student Advising is a two hour session. Please plan on spending the entire two hours with us. We are limited to serving up to 22 students per session due to the number of computers available in our lab and our desire to offer quality advising to our students. If you come to a session that is full you will need to return for a different session to receive assistance. All sessions are walk in, no appointment is needed.
For students who are currently enrolled at South Puget Sound Community College and assigned to the Welcome Center for advising. This is individual advising in a group setting in a computer lab. You will meet with an Educational Planner who will work with you to determine your degree path and reassign you to a faculty advisor within that discipline area. Students are served on a first come, first serve basis. During peak advising times you may wait up to 45 minutes to an hour to receive assistance.
You are considered a returning student if you have not attended South Puget Sound Community College for more than two consecutive quarters. You are required to contact the Student Welcome Center to reactivate your account to receive your PIN for registration.
You are considered a temporary student if you are planning on attending for a single quarter or are taking a specific set of courses for transfer and not pursing a degree program at South Puget Sound Community College. You are required to contact the Student Welcome Center to activate your account to receive your PIN for registration.
For students who are thinking about or have been accepted into the Running Start program. You will receive help registering for classes in relation to high school equivalencies. You may also receive degree planning assistance if you are intending to pursue a college degree while in the Running Start program.
Assistance comparing degree paths and evaluating what courses need to be completed for a degree. This is a one-on-one appointment session. You must make an appointment online to meet with an Educational Planner.
Assistance with comparing course equivalencies for transfer to another college or university. This is a one-on-one appointment session. You must make an appointment online to meet with an Educational Planner.