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How do I see a Counselor at Berkeley City College?

Berkeley City College offers a wide range of professional counseling services for prospective and enrolled students. Services include providing academic, career, and personal counseling and referrals to other on-campus services. Students are encouraged to consult with counselors early in the educational process to plan their program of study. Some counseling services are available on a drop-in basis, while others will require the student to schedule an appointment. Please refer the list of services outlined below:

Drop-in counseling hours for the 2014-15 school year:

Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (you need to be present and signed in by 6:30 p.m.) Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (you need to be present and signed in by 3:30 p.m.). 

Winter Intersession Hours:
Monday – December 16th through Friday – December 19th
Hours:  8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Monday – December 22nd
Hours:  8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Tuesday – December 23rd through Friday – January 2nd, 2015
Hours:  The Berkeley City College Counseling Office will be closed.  Happy Holidays!

Monday – January 5th – Friday, January 16th
Hours:  8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Monday through Thursday)
Hours:  8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Friday)

Berkeley City College is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.  The counseling office is very busy during the summer and fall registration periods, you may wish to call (510) 981-5036 to ensure that the office has not had to close early due to counselor availability.

Drop-in Counseling

Drop-in counseling sessions are limited to 15 minutes on a first-come, first-serve basis and can assist you with the following:

  • General information.
  • Initial Enrollment Assistance/Course Scheduling and Review of Assessment Results.
  • Prerequisite Checking (i.e., Substitutions/Challenges).
  • Clearing Probation/Dismissal Holds (i.e., Academic and Progress).
  • Filing Matriculation Waivers (i.e., Students who completed assessment at a non-Peralta college; students with prior coursework in English and Mathematics)

Dealing with Prerequisite Holds

You will need the following information for a counselor to clear prerequisite holds:

  • Student ID or Social Security Number
  • Unofficial or Official Transcripts From Non-Peralta College if the prerequisite was satisfied outside of Peralta
  • Course description of course if course taken at college outside of California
  • There are no exceptions

During registration, counselors are available on a drop in, first-come, first-served basis. Hours differ during drop-in periods. Appointments are necessary for developing student educational plans. There are no counseling appointments available during the registration period. You will have to wait until mid-September or late January to schedule an appointment. Please call (510) 981-5036 to schedule an appointment with a counselor.

The Counseling Office may need to close temporarily; it is recommended that you call (510) 981-5036 to make sure that the office is open.  Due to the high volume of phone calls that the Counseling Reception Desk receives, please be patient, you will receive a return call within 72 hours.

Counseling Appointments

  • Student Education Plan Development (Initial or Update – will require you to bring transcripts from non-Peralta colleges)
  • Filing Petitions for Degrees/Certificates
  • Career Counseling
  • Transfer/Concurrent Enrollment Counseling
  • Other issues that require additional time.

SEP AND OTHER APPOINTMENTS: In-depth transfer counseling, student education plans (SEP), transcript evaluation, personal counseling and other concerns. Please call (510) 981-5036 to schedule an appointment with a counselor.

FILING A PETITION FOR AN AA/AS DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE: If you plan to file a petition for an AA/AS Degree or Certificate at Berkeley City College, please fill out the correct petition form and schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor before the due date for submitting the petition to the District.  If you have questions regarding BCC’s petition procedures, please call 510/981-5036 for information.

PACE (Program for Adult Education): Students in the PACE Program and those interested in enrolling in the program please call (510) 981-2864 for more information.

CAREER COUNSELING: Vocational/career testing and exploration; career planning assistance; information on jobs, companies & labor market trends; job seeking skills including resume writing and cover letter development. Please contact the counseling appointment desk to schedule an appointment with Ms. Young. To send an email to Ms. Young, email her at

PSSD (Programs and Services for Students with Disabilities) Formerly called DSPS
Services for students with verified disabilities.  For an appointment, please contact Lynn Massey at (510) 981-2812.

EOPS (Extended Opportunities Programs and Services): Serving economically and educationally disadvantaged students.  Program acceptance required. Please call (510) 981-2832 for more information.

CalWORKs: Serving students receiving cash assistance for families with dependent children. Call (510) 981-2847 for an appointment.

THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION: Serving international students that are registered with the Peralta District International Studies Program. For more information please contact the Main office:
333 East Eighth Street, Oakland, CA  94606     (510) 466-7380
Web Site: E-Mail:

VETERANS AFFAIRS: Veterans should initially see a counselor during drop-in hours to have any matriculation or pre-requisite holds cleared, then schedule an appointment to develop a student educational plan for the semester with the Veteran Affairs Counselor, Amy Herrera.  Our veteran’s services are not just limited to those veteran’s who receive education benefits.  Please feel free to stop by and see if we can help you.

For veteran’s certification, making an appointment with the VA Counselor, and other information pertaining to the program, please see Jennifer Lenahan, Student Services Specialist and Veteran’s Affairs Certifying Official, in Room 259, or at (510) 981-5039, e-mail:




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