Orientation Guides

Orientation Guides

Want to advance successfully but you're confused about what courses to enroll in or how to figure out your grades? Check out the resources below. Download the files and then make an appointment with an academic counselor who can help you turn these plans for academic success into action. Most files are .pdf files and require Adobe Reader.

Academic Counseling is located in the Administration building; their website can be found at http://www.cerritos.edu/counseling.


Student Videos: Summer Connections

Check out what new students have had to say about attending Cerritos College orientations and what they'll do to prepare to become new college students.

Summer Connections 2010

Starting College Successfully 1: T'Keyha and Martha

Starting College Successfully 2: Cameron, Alexis, and Jose

Starting College Successfully 3: Bea, Reina, and Michael

Choosing Your Courses

iFalcon medical studentIn order to receive an Associate's (A.A.) degree, or to transfer to a Cal State or University of California campus, there are certain courses that you have to enroll in and complete successfully. There are three plans that help you do this: Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C.

The Counseling Department provides the plan guidelines on its website, where you can download the plan that is right for you. Once you download and review the plan, make an appointment to meet with a counselor, who will help ensure that you've chosen the right courses.

Plan A: Associate's Degree (A.A.)

Plan B: Transfer to a California State University campus

Plan C: Transfer to a University of California campus


Searching for Courses at Cerritos College

Enrolling for courses can seem a little mind-boggling. You'll need a copy of the fall, spring, or summer course catalog, and a computer, where you'll log onto MyCerritos to enroll. Download the guide below that will help you understand how to read courses available on Schedules+.

How to Search for Classes


Planning Guides

Download these templates, and using the Plan A, B, or C choices, fill out the courses you plan to take. Then bring your outline to a counselor to be sure you're headed in the right direction.

Guide 1: Planning Your Master Schedule

Guide 2: Long-Range Planning

iFalcon student studying

Figuring Out Your Grades

Everyone wants good grades, but students often don't know how to calculate their overall performance during the semester. Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is the number that colleges, universities, and employers will look at to determine your success for transfer or employment. These guides will help you calculate your grades; once you use them, then do some planning to think about how to keep your grades high.

How to Calculate Your GPA

Foothill College's GPA Calculator


Staying Successful

Once you enroll in the classes you need, staying successful week by week is your responsibility. These guides on the Counseling department's website will offer tips about how to plan and manage your work so that you achieve your goals.

College Success Tips

iFALCON Habits of Successful Students


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