FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started at Mission College
Counseling Department
  1. Where are you located? How do I reach a Counselor? What hours are you open? How do I make an appointment with a Counselor?
  2. Do I have to make an appointment to talk to a Counselor?
  3. Do I need to be registered as a Mission College student to speak with a Counselor?
  4. Do Counselors have special areas of expertise? Am I assigned a Counselor? What if I would rather meet with a different Counselor?
  5. How do I get an Educational Plan?
  6. What kinds of concerns can a Counselor help me with?
  7. I want to get a 4-year college degree someday. What do I need to do? What courses do I need to take at Mission College?
Academic Difficulties and Solutions
  1. Why am I on probation? How do I get off probation?
  2. What is Dismissal? Does it mean I have to drop out of school?
  3. Are You on Course?

 

Getting Started at Mission College
  1. I've never gone to college and want to come to Mission College. What do I need to do? We're glad you've chosen Mission. Here are the steps to take:

    First apply online.

    Next, take the free English and Reading or ESL, and Math placement tests at the Assessment Center, Room E1-101.

    Then, register for an Orientation class.

  2. I attended another college and now want to come to Mission. How do I begin? Start by applying to Mission (see #1 above), then request that copies of transcripts from colleges you have attended be sent to the Admissions and Records Office, Mission College, 3000 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054. If you would like your transcripts officially evaluated, you need to see a Counselor.

    Contact the Counseling Office to make an Educational Plan.  You can schedule a counseling appointment through the MCPortal.

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  3. How can I speak with a Counselor? You can call our main number 408-855-5030, and either set up an appointment or leave a message for a Counselor to call you back. You can also email us at askmccounselor@wvm.edu, or come by our drop-in Counseling Office during our regular business hours.

    Please check the rest of our Counseling website for more information and answers to questions.

  4. Can I get Financial Aid? It depends on your needs, units completed, and other factors. Contact Financial Aid 408-855-5065, or at mcfa@wvm.edu. They are located in the Main Building room E1-401.
  5. How do I know what classes I need to take? That's the main reason we have Counselors! Schedule an appointment with a Counselor to identify your goals and review any courses you have already completed. We'll be happy to put together a plan that can help you reach your goals efficiently.

    You should bring to your appointment copies of any previous college transcripts and any placement scores for English, Reading and Math unless you have already taken classes in those areas.

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  6. Do I have to take an assessment or placement test before I can register for classes at Mission? It depends on several things. If you already have a college degree from a U.S. college or university, you don't need to be assessed. If you have already taken an assessment test at a California community college and have the scores, we can use those scores to accurately place you. Likewise, if you have taken English, Reading or Math classes at another college, we can review your transcript (even unofficial copies) and place you based on previous coursework. Finally, if you are only here to take a class in some area other than English, Reading or Math, you may not need to take the assessment.

    However, most students are required to complete assessment tests during their first semester at Mission College. There is no charge, and we’ll usually use the higher of your current assessment result or prior test or coursework.

  7. Do I have to take an assessment or placement test before I can register for classes at Mission? It depends on several things. If you already have a college degree from a U.S. college or university, you don't need to be assessed. If you have already taken an assessment test at a California community college and have the scores, we can use those scores to accurately place you. Likewise, if you have taken English, Reading or Math classes at another college, we can review your transcript (even unofficial copies) and place you based on previous coursework. Finally, if you are only here to take a class in some area other than English, Reading or Math, you may not need to take the assessment.

    However, most students are required to complete assessment tests during their first semester at Mission College. There is no charge, and we’ll usually use the higher of your current assessment result or prior test or coursework.

  8. What degrees and certificates are offered at Mission? Here's the list of degrees and certificates.
Counseling Department
  1. Where are you located? How do I reach a Counselor? What hours are you open? How do I make an appointment with a Counselor? Our Counseling Department office is in the Main Building room E1-301. You can schedule an appointment with a counselor through the MCPortal. You can also email us at askmccounselor@wvm.edu, or come by our walk-in Counseling Office.  Please check our website for more information and answers to questions.
  2. Do I have to make an appointment to speak with a counselor? No, we are available on a walk-in basis as mentioned above.  However, walk-in counseling is for short, general questions.  If you schedule an appointment, your Counselor has a chance to prepare for your questions and your meeting will be more productive. Appointments are required for preparing Educational Plans, completing Financial Aid appeals, and more complex concerns.

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  3. Do I need to be registered as a Mission College student to speak with a Counselor? In order to see a Counselor, you must first apply to the College and obtain a Student ID Number.
  4. Do Counselors have special areas of expertise? Am I assigned a Counselor? What if I would rather meet with a different Counselor? You aren't assigned a specific Counselor and you are always free to ask for a Counselor. Each of our Counselors is highly skilled and has at least a Master's Degree in a counseling related discipline. Each counselor knows about all majors offered at Mission.
  5. How do I get an Educational Plan? You can schedule an appointment online through MCPortal.  You can also come to the Counseling Office to set up appointment.

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  6. What kinds of concerns can a Counselor help me with? The goal of counseling is to help you clarify and reach your goals and to succeed in school. Counselors can assist you in learning more about your interests and skills, setting effective goals, and dealing with obstacles that may be slowing you down. We can help you deal better with all kinds of issues that may interfere with your progress. Personal counseling is also available through Student Health Services.

    In addition to individual counseling sessions, the Counseling Department offers a number of classes that can contribute to your success, such as Couns*001, College Survival Skills, Couns*005, Strategies for Success, Couns*010, Crisis Intervention, Couns*012, Careers and Life Styles, and Couns*051A, Personal Growth - Self-Esteem. See the Schedule of Classes for additional classes and times.

  7. I want to get a 4-year college degree someday. What do I need to do? What courses do I need to take at Mission College? Because you plan to transfer to a 4-year university, it is especially important to contact the Counseling Office and schedule an appointment. A Counselor will review the courses you have completed and what you need in order to meet general education and major requirements. They will make a detailed Educational Plan to insure you take the necessary courses.

    Other Student Services: Mission College offers many services and programs to help you to reach your goals successfully. Please explore the Student Support webpage for more information.

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Academic Difficulties, and Solutions
  1. Why am I on probation? How do I get off probation? There are 2 kinds of probation, 'progress', and 'academic'. You are placed on progress probation when you pass fewer than 50% of the units you signed up for in a semester. We realize this can happen for reasons beyond your control. For example, your job assignment may change or a family member may become ill.

    Academic probation results from your grade point average (GPA) dropping below a 2.0, or C average. We encourage you to drop classes as soon as possible if you know you won’t be able to successfully complete the course. It is better to sign up for fewer classes and pass them all, rather than jeopardize your progress by trying to take too many at once.

    You get off probation by successfully passing classes until your cumulative total units passed is at least 51% of units attempted, or by getting your GPA above a C average. If you received a poor grade in a class here at Mission (a D or F), you can repeat the course, and only the higher grade will be counted in your GPA.  However, you can only repeat a class a maximum of three times.  The third time you need to submit a Student Petition Form to the Student Petitions Committee at Admissions & Records.

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  2. What is Dismissal? Does it mean I have to drop out of school? No, you don't have to drop out of school, but you will need to speak with a Counselor and submit a Petition For Reinstatement to be reinstated. Dismissal results when you have been on probation for 3 semesters or more. It is crucial to speak with a Counselor and develop a plan for succeeding in your courses. We know you want to do well and we will do all we can to help you with a clear and effective plan. If you have a solid educational plan and can explain how you will be able to make good progress in the coming semester, the Student Petitions Committee is likely to approve your petition to register for classes
  3. Are You on Course? .pdf

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