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Counseling Center
Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does a counselor do? Do I need to see one?
2. Am I assigned a particular counselor?
3. How do I make an appointment to see a counselor?
4. Are evening appointments available?
5. What should I bring with me when I see a counselor?
6. Do I need to meet with a counselor before I can register for classes?
7. What is a SEP (Student Educational Plan)?
8. Do I need to see a counselor every semester?
9. What do I need to do if I'm a new student?
10. What do I need to do if I want to take classes while I'm still in high school?
11. What is orientation and do I need it?
12. Do I have to take the assessment test?
13. What are the differences between a new, continuing and returning student?
14. How many units must I enroll in to be full time?
15. What is a major? Do I have to declare one?
16. What is General Education?
17. What is a certificate program?
18. What is an Associate of Arts/Science (AA/AS) Degree?
19. If I get an AA/AS can I automatically transfer to a four year college?
20. How do I transfer to another college?
21. Are there certain classes that I can't enroll in? What is a prerequisite?
22. What is a credit / no credit course?
23. How does Delta calculate my grade point average (GPA)?
24. If I get a D or F in a course, do I have to repeat it?
25. What if a class I want is full?
26. Where can I get proof of enrollment?
27. Where can I get a Schedule of Classes or college catalog?
28. What if I need help with a class that I'm attending?
29. How do I drop a class? Are there deadlines?
30. What is Probation? Can I be dismissed because of it?
31. What do I do if I have a hold on my registration?
32. Can I talk to a counselor about personal topics? Will it remain confidential?
33. Can I send a counselor a quick question online?

1. What does a counselor do? Do I need to see one?

A counselor assists with academic advising, career planning, personal counseling, transfer services, problem solving and decision making. Counselors offer guidance throughout the time you are enrolled at Delta and it is recommended that you work with a counselor on a regular basis.

2. Am I assigned a particular counselor?

You may choose to meet with any of our counselors. You can choose to work with one particular counselor or you may choose to see any counselor that is available. We do not require students to meet with a particular counselor based on last name, major, grade level, etc.

3. How do I make an appointment to see a counselor?

Please refer to our Make An Appointment page for more information.   Appointments usually last 30 minutes. We schedule one-hour appointments for Academic Probation (2nd Semester and Dismissal), Financial Aid Appeals, Transfer Agreements and Veteran's Plans.

Please remember to check in for your appointment when you arrive.

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4. Are evening appointments available?

Evening hours are currently not available.

5. What should I bring with me when I see a counselor?

You will want to bring a list of questions and any paperwork you want to review with the counselor. If you have transcripts from a previous college you will want to review them with the counselor. If your transcripts are unofficial (opened, not in a sealed envelope), you can bring them to the counseling appointment in order for the counselor to view your previous work. If you already have an official copy (unopened and in a sealed envelope), you will need to bring it to the Evaluations Office on the 1st floor of the DeRicco Student Services Building and have them evaluate it before your appointment.

6. Do I need to meet with a counselor before I can register for classes?

Counselors do not register students for classes or "sign off" on a student's schedule. They are there to assist you in course selection, goal setting and planning. It is recommended that you work with a counselor on a regular basis. If you need help with the registration process, you will want to refer to the current Schedule of Classes.  You can also visit the Electronic Enrollment Services Lab on the 1st floor of the DeRicco Student Services Building for assistance.

7. What is a SEP (Student Educational Plan)?

A Student Educational Plan is a map of your time at Delta. A counselor is able to assist you in making an educational plan for you to reach your goals. This plan will map out which courses you will need to take for the following semester(s). You will receive a priority registration point for completing a SEP with a counselor.

8. Do I need to see a counselor every semester?

It is recommended that you see a counselor on a regular basis. This will ensure that you have the most current information.

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9. What do I need to do if I'm a new student?

As a new student, you have a number of steps that you will need to take. You will need to fill out an Admission Application, take an Assessment Test, apply for Financial Aid, attend a New Student Group Advising session to see a Guidance Counselor and register for classes. Click here to find out how to get started.

10. What do I need to do if I want to take classes while I'm still in high school?

Delta has a program called College Early Start for students who are still in high school and want to take college courses. If you are still in high school, you will want to make an appointment with your high school counselor. College Early Start students must have their parent or legal guardian and their high school counselor or principal sign their College Early Start Form, in addition to completing the regular admission process.

11. What is orientation and do I need it?

Orientation is a process in which you learn about Delta, it's programs and services and about the college. Please refer to our Orientation page for more information.

12. Do I have to take the assessment test?

Delta requires an academic assessment of all new students. The assessment test is not a pass or fail test. It is a way for you to know what courses you are able to enroll in. Please click here to visit the assessment page for more information: Assessment Center

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13. What are the differences between a new, continuing and returning student?

A new student has never attended Delta College before. A continuing student has attended the previous semester and is continuing to the new semester. A returning student is one who attended Delta in the past and is returning to Delta. Returning students may need to update their admissions application. If you are a returning student who has been out of school for a few years or more, you may want to utilize our ReEntry Program in the Career Transfer Center, on the 2nd floor of the DeRicco Student Services Building.

14. How many units must I enroll in to be full time?

You must enroll in 12 units to be considered a full time student. Students must complete an average of 15 units a semester in order to meet graduation requirements in four semesters. There is no limit of units that a student can take per semester. Although, we limit the unit amount that a student can register for. A student during the Fall/Spring semester can register for up to 18 units and in the Summer up to 9 units. Once classes begin, additional courses may be added by attending classes and being added to the rosters by the instructor.

15. What is a major? Do I have to declare one?

A major is an organized program of courses within a discipline leading to an Associate Degree, Vocational Certificate, or Transfer to a college or university. It is not mandatory for a student to declare a major. Normally, when you apply for admissions, there is a space for you to declare a major. If you haven't declared a major, and you would like to or if you have declared one and would like to change it you would need to fill out a Supplemental Admissions/Change of Information Form in the Admissions and Records Office on the 1st floor of the DeRicco Student Services Building. You may want to meet with a counselor in Guidance and Counseling, on the 2nd floor of the DeRicco Student Services Building for assistance in major selection.

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16. What is General Education?

General Education courses are sometimes called "breadth requirements". These are courses outside of your major, required of everyone to obtain a degree, regardless of your major. They are designed to make you a "well rounded" person. It is recommended that you work with a counselor to ensure that you are following the correct General Education pattern.

17. What is a certificate program?

Delta offers over 80 different certificate programs. Certificates are designed to provide students with applied training in specific occupational areas. Students will be prepared with employable skills by completing a certificate program. Certificates are recognized favorably by business and industry, and they are often required for job classification advancement.

18. What is an Associate of Arts/Science (AA/AS) Degree?

An AA/AS Degree is a two year degree (based on 4 semesters of 15 units each) that consists of specific groups of classes. You need 24 semester units of General Education, 18 semester units of Major Requirements and other courses or electives to add up to a minimum of 60 semester units. You must also complete these courses with a 2.00 ("C") cumulative grade point average or higher. Please refer to your Schedule of Classes, Delta's catalog and a counselor for the most up-to-date information and requirements.

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19. If I get an AA/AS can I automatically transfer to a four year college?

Completing an AA/AS does not guarantee that you are ready to transfer to a four year college. It requires careful planning to transfer. It is strongly recommended that you see a counselor as soon as you begin thinking about transferring. If you work closely with a counselor, you can fulfill your AA/AS and transfer requirements at the same time.

20. How do I transfer to another college?

In order to transfer successfully, you will want to meet with a counselor and visit our Transfer Center. A counselor will help you to evaluate whether you have all of the requirements that you need to transfer. The Transfer Center is located on the 2nd floor of the DeRicco Student Services Building. The Transfer Center offers catalogs, videos, internet searches, college applications, various college representatives and a Transfer Day/College Night each year.

21. Are there certain classes that I can't enroll in? What is a prerequisite?

There are courses at Delta that will require completion of prerequisites before you can enroll in them. In the Schedule of Classes, each course will inform you if it has any requirements or prerequisites. An example would be English 1B. The prerequisite for Eng 1B is English 1A with a "C" grade or better. These courses must be taken in the order specified and the requirements of the first course must be met before you can enroll in the second course.

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22. What is a credit / no credit or pass / no pass course?

A grading system by which units of credit may be earned but no letter grade (A-F) is assigned. Such units are not used in computing the grade point average. The transcript will reflect a CR or P for credit received or a NC or NP for no credit received.

23. How does Delta calculate my grade point average (GPA)?

The grade point average is calculated by assigning a value to letter grades A - F (A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1 and F = 0). Units are multiplied by the value of the letter grade to obtain a grade point for each course. To calculate the overall grade point average you will need to divide total grade points by total units attempted. There are two types of grade point average. There is a term GPA, which is for an individual term. There is also a cumulative GPA, which is for all terms at Delta. The grade point average is used as a level for academic achievement, good standing, probation, disqualification, dismissal, eligibility for graduation and transfer to another college or university.

24. If I get a D or F in a course, do I have to repeat it?

You may want to meet with a counselor inorder to decide whether or not the course requires repetition. In most cases, you will want to earn a "C" grade or better. Students are allowed to repeat a course once, where a D or F grade was earned. Once a course has been repeated, the original or lower grade will remain on your transcript but will be removed from your gpa.

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25. What if a class I want is full?

When you go online to register for classes, it may say that the class you want is full. There may be an option for you to be added to a waiting list for that particular class. If you are on the waiting list, you will want to attend the first day of class as if you were able to register for it. If registered students do not show up, the instructor may add students to the class from the waiting list first. The instructor may then add the students who are not registered and not on the waiting list until the class is full. Adding students not on a waiting list is discouraged due to budget constraints. The first week of school is when most students are trying to finalize their schedules and as their schedules change, there may be openings in classes that were previously full. This is not a guaranteed way to get into a class. You may want to register for another section that is open to ensure that you are able to take that particular class.

26. Where can I get proof of enrollment?

Any proof of enrollment and verification of units is done in the Admissions and Records Office, on the 1st floor of the DeRicco Student Services Building.

27. Where can I get a Schedule of Classes or college catalog?

Delta's Schedule of Classes is available online only and the college catalog is available online and at our bookstore. Click here to view the Schedule of Classes and the Catalog.

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28. What if I need help with a class that I'm attending?

Delta provides a number of services to assist students when they need help. Tutoring in Science and Math is available in Shima 217.  All other subjects are available in the Goleman Library.  You may want to meet with a counselor to discuss the services that are available to you. You will also want to speak with your instructor.

29. How do I drop a class? Are there deadlines?

It is the student's responsibility to drop classes. Teachers are not responsible for dropping students from classes. If you fail to drop classes, you may receive a "F" grade. You can drop classes through our online registration system. There are deadlines to drop classes. Please refer to the calendar in the front of the current Schedule of Classes. Note that there is an early deadline to drop classes, where the course will not appear on your transcript. There is also a later deadline, where the course will appear and you will receive a "W" letter grade for withdrawal. Once the last deadline has passed, you will receive a letter grade. Note: Late starting classes list their drop dates in the Schedule of Classes under each course.

30. What is Probation? Can I be dismissed because of it?

There are different types of probation at Delta:

Academic Probation is when you have attempted at least 12 units and your cumulative GPA has fallen below a 2.0 or "C" average. You are allowed three semesters under a 2.0 before Delta will dismiss you for one semester.

Progress Probation is when you have attempted at least 12 units and 50% or more of your units are Withdrawals, Incompletes, No Credits, or No Passes. You are allowed three semesters of Progress Probation and then you will be dismissed for one semester. You will want to have 50% or more of your units from letter grades (A-F).

It is possible to be on both types of Probation at the same time. Each semester that you are on Academic and/or Progress, you will receive an email from Delta instructing you of your status and what is expected of you. Please read these emails carefully and ask any questions that you might have, it can mean the difference between sitting out for a semester or not.

If you are on Academic and/or Progress Probation, you may also be on Financial Aid Probation or Disqualification. Please check your status with the Financial Aid Office on the 1st floor of the DeRicco Student Services Building or by calling them at 209-954-5115.

Refer to our Probation homepage for more information.

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31. What do I do if I have a hold on my registration?

There are various types of holds (fees, probation, invalid address, etc). Once you know what type of hold that you have, you will need to complete the hold requirements before you are able to register for classes.

32. Can I talk to a counselor about personal topics? Will it remain confidential?

Yes, you can speak with a Counselor about personal topics. All of our counselors are skilled professionals that are able to assist you with personal counseling and everything you say is strictly confidential. They are also able to refer you to outside assistance if needed. Crisis counseling is also available to students. Call 209-954-5151 ext. 6276 for an appointment or stop by the Counseling Center on the 1st floor of the DeRicco Student Services Building.

33. Can I send a counselor a quick question online?

Yes, you can send a general counselor a quick question by using our online form.

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