Assessment, Orientation, and Counseling/Advisement

The assessment, orientation, and counseling/advisement process offered through the Student Success and Support Program provides students with the finest academic advisement and counseling possible. Students who participate in these services will be more prepared when transitioning to college life and completing their course of study.

Students can also earn an earlier registration date by completing assessment, orientation and a student educational plan by specific deadline dates.

What is Assessment?

The assessment process at Citrus College provides information regarding language, mathematics skills, and other activities necessary for a successful college experience. Student-reported information is also used, along with available official high school and/or college transcripts. Other factors that are used in assessing college readiness may include evaluation of study skills, student goals and career aspirations, and the results of the placement exam.

Assessment information assists the counselor in outlining a useful and clear educational program for the student’s long-range educational plans and the eventual attainment of a chosen career.

The assessment schedule can be accessed online.

Students who have a disability that requires testing accommodations are advised to make arrangements through the DSP&S Office, (626) 914-8675. Deaf Services are available 24 hours, (626) 914-8674 TDD.

Review of Placement

Students who feel their placement does not reflect their abilities may request a Review of Placement with a counselor.

Students may appeal their English and/or math placement if they can demonstrate proof of course equivalency or competency. Students should be prepared to present documentation such as official high school or college transcripts, or additional test results. After a student’s information is reviewed by a counselor, placement may be adjusted or a retest may be recommended. The assessment test practice is as follows:

  1. Students must wait a minimum of four weeks to retake the placement exam.
  2. Placement exams may only be retaken once for each subject. With the exception of expired placement results (older than 2 years), additional retestings will not be permitted. It is important that students take the placement exam seriously, prepare adequately, and do their very best.
  3. All placement results are valid for a period of two years. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in math and English classes during their first term.

What is Orientation?

The orientation program is designed to introduce students to a course of study programs, campus resources, student support services, and college success tips. Students will have the necessary tools to make a smooth transition to college life and complete their goals successfully.

Students who are new to Citrus College are urged to complete the assessment and MUST complete orientation. All future registration will be withheld from students who have applied to the college and did not complete the orientation requirement by their specific deadline date.

Students who believe they are exempt or those who want to read about procedures for challenging matriculation regulatory provisions can be referred to the matriculation section in the Citrus College catalog or Administrative Procedure 5050 Matriculation located on the Citrus College webpage under Administrative Procedures and Board Policies in the A-Z index.

Orientation Options

Orientation can be satisfied through any of the following options:

  • In-person orientation (recommended for new students)
    • New student Assessment/Orientation session includes SEP beginning July 2014.
    • Early Decision Day at Citrus College (only available through high school districts)
  • Online orientation

Assessment and orientations are scheduled periodically throughout the year. For more information, please view the assessment/orientation schedule.


The college counseling staff provides a variety of services including but not limited to, educational planning, career counseling, university transfer counseling, personal counseling (personal concerns and issues affecting students’ academic progress), Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSP&S), Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOP&S), and financial assistance programs. The counselors assist in long-range planning and checking specific requirements so that students meet graduation requirements and course prerequisites, secure career/technical certificates and licenses, and fulfill requirements for transfer to other colleges or universities.

It is important for new students to have college success skills to make a smooth transition into college.

The following counseling courses are strongly recommended for new students to take during their first semester at Citrus College:

COUN 145Career/Life Planning3
COUN 156College Planning Today for Tomorrow1
COUN 159On Course to Success3
COUN 160Strategies for College Success3
COUN 161Higher Education Transitional Skills for Student Veterans/Families3
COUN 200Orientation and Educational Planning for Student Success1
COUN 201Course Planning with Degree Works3

It is important for all students to have a Student Educational Plan (SEP) while attending Citrus College. Counselors assist students in developing an educational plan that reflects their goals. All first time non-exempt students are encouraged to complete an abbreviated SEP to enhance their success in completing their course of study. Also, beginning with new fall 2014 students, completing assessment, orientation and a SEP by designated deadline dates will result in earlier registration. Abbreviated SEP services for nonexempt first time students will be available as follows:

  • Students with 15 units or less: Nonexempt first-time students with 15 college units or less will be able to complete an abbreviated SEP during an in-person orientation or Course Planning Session. A listing of the schedule can be viewed at the Learning Center and Counseling webpages.
  • Students with 16 units or more: Nonexempt first-time students will be directed to meet with a counselor during an individual appointment to create a SEP. Prior to the appointment, students must complete assessment, complete orientation, declare a course of study, and official college transcripts must be on file.

As students progress, the plan can be changed as frequently as their goals change. When these changes occur, the student should meet with a counselor to update his/her SEP.

Veterans planning to receive G.I. benefits are required to make an appointment with the Veterans Center prior to seeing a counselor.

Counseling Follow-up

Follow-up services are designed to evaluate and track the student’s academic progress. Special services are provided to students on academic and/or progress probation, students in basic skills courses, and students who are undecided about their course of study. Counselors also give referrals to appropriate programs and services, both on and off campus.

Students on probation are required to complete an online probation workshop well in advance of registration.

Registration is withheld until the workshop is completed.