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Aptos Academic Counseling
Location: 100 Building
Campus Map
Phone: 831.479.6274
Office Hours: Mon–Thurs: 8am-5pm
Fri: 8am-4pm
Counselor Hours: See Contact Page

Watsonville Academic Counseling
Location: Room A120
(Student Resource Center)
Phone: 831.786.4734
(servicio en español)
Office Hours: Mon–Thurs: 8am-5pm
Fri: 8am-4pm
Counselor Hours: See Contact Page
Counseling Building


Appointments are a half-hour or one-hour of scheduled time with a counselor. An appointment is needed for transcript evaluation, education plans , graduation petitions, guaranteed transfer applications, career advising, academic renewal, most cases of academic dismissal, and for most academic planning issues.  For most appointments, 30 minutes will suffice, but if you have multiple transcripts or have many questions, we invite you to schedule an hour-long appointment.

You can make appointments in person at the Counseling offices in both Aptos or Watsonville  or in the Transfer and Career Center in Building 100. You may also schedule an appointment by calling 831-479-6274, 831-479-6385, or for Watsonville, 831-786-4734.

Our counselors want to assist you with effective academic planning and answer specific kinds of questions.If this is your first appointment, please to read the information under Before You Make an Appointment.

Online Appointments

The Counseling Department is happy to offer online counseling appointments through live video. You can "meet" with a counselor from anywhere in the world!

Contact us by phone at 831-479-6274 to schedule your online counseling appointment.

To have a successful online appointment, please make sure to have downloaded, installed, and tested the Zoom application well before your counseling appointment time.

Before You Make an Appointment

checkmark Submit a Cabrillo College application online for admissions. Within 48 hours you will receive a Cabrillo student ID number. NOTE: You must have an email address to receive your ID number and application confirmation. If you do not have an e-mail address, you can request a free e-mail account through You do this by checking a box when creating your CCCApply account.
checkmark Complete your online orientation. This is a requirement for all incoming students. It takes about one hour.
checkmark Complete the placement process online or with the Cabrillo Placement Office and attend a workshop if you wish. Sign up by calling 831-479-6274 or 831-786-4734.
If you have completed college level math, English, or any other college course work, please have official transcripts sent to Cabrillo College Admissions and Records.
checkmark Apply for financial aid before you begin classes.
checkmark Read the Q&A (questions and answers) before making an appointment. Your needed information may be there and save you a visit.  You can also check out Ask Cabrillo for more information.
checkmark Now you are ready to schedule an appointment with a counselor, we look forward to meeting with you!

10-Minute Advising (drop-in)

10-Minute Drop-In Advising provides five to ten minutes with a counselor provided on a first come, first served basis. 10-Minute Drop-in Advising is designed for quick questions.

Some things that can be addressed during  Drop-in Advising include:

  • Clearing a specific prerequisite with documentation
  • Petition to Repeat a Class
  • Permission to take 19 - 23 units
  • High School Release Signature for Dual Enrollment Students
  • Specific questions relating to a limited topic, e.g. a course equivalency
  • Academic Renewal

10-Minute Drop-in Advising does not include educational plans, graduation petitions, academic dismissal, career advising, transcript evaluation, or assistance with TAGs.

10-Minute Drop-in Advising is normally available from 10 am until 3 pm Monday through Thursday, as well as 10 am to 12 pm on Fridays in both Aptos and Watsonville

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