Merritt College Counseling
On behalf of the Counseling Department and the entire college, welcome to Merritt!
As a new student, one of our goals is to help you reach your academic and career goals in as quickly and as efficiently as possible. To that end, all new Merritt College students participate in the Student Success and Support Program. The program has four steps: orientation, assessment, counseling/advising, and a short-term course, COUN 200A. Completing these steps will not only help you get off to a good start but will enable you to receive priority enrollment for the following semester.
Step 1: After submitting your application at <www.peralta.edu>, schedule an initial orientation. Come to the R Building, Room 109-A or call 510-436-2562 to schedule the orientation session as well as the assessment (see step 2).
Step 2: Complete the assessment. We recommend that you prepare for the assessment by clicking here to view some sample questions.
Step 3: Meet with a Counselor for counseling, advising, and development of an Abbreviated Student Education Plan (SEP)
Step 4: Enroll in a section of COUN 200A. Check the online schedule in your Passport account for dates and times or discuss with a counselor (Step 3).
COUN 200A supplements the college-wide orientation by providing more in-depth educational planning information about Associate Degrees, Certificates, and transfer preparation. Students who enroll in this class will also receive a free Merritt College Catalog.
Thank you for choosing Merritt College. We look forward to helping and supporting you as you pursue and reach your goals. At Merritt, we change lives!
Merritt College counselors provide academic, career, and pesonal counseling services to help students identify educational, career and personal goals and develop plans to achieve those goals. Counselors can also refer students to other on-campus services. Students are encouraged to meet with counselors early in the educational process to plan their program of study. Some counseling services are available on a drop-in basis while others require a scheduled appointment.
Drop-in counseling is limited to 10-15 minutes, on a first-come, first served basis, for these kinds of services:
*To clear prerequisite holds, you must have completed an application and be in the Peralta CCD Passport system, have a Social Security Number or Student Identification Number, and have official or unofficial transcripts for courses to be used to clear the prerequisite taken outside PCCD. In some cases, you must also provide a course description, syllabus, or other supporting documentation.
Students should schedule an appointment with a counselor for these kinds of services:
NOTE: During peak registration periods, counselors are only available for drop-in counseling on a first-come, first-served basis. Because appointments are needed for developing SEPs, degree/certificate petitions, transfer counseling/planning and other types of counseling services, students must wait until mid-September or late January to schedule an appointment.
The Merritt College General Counseling Department offers online e-Counseling services to students who are enrolled in online courses, those who have disabilities that make in-person counseling difficult, and/or those who are located too far from campus for face-to-face counseling services. Please visit our e-Counseling page  for more information. PLEASE NOTE THAT e-COUNSELING SERVICES ARE NOT AVAILABLE DURING SUMMER, DURING WINTER AND SPRING BREAKS, AND ON COLLEGE HOLIDAYS.
The Merritt College Counseling Department provides specialized services to students who qualify for Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS), Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSP&S), Veterans Services, CalWORKS, Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE), and other services. For more information about these programs, please call:
Before your online registration date, please check to see if a class you intend to take has a prerequisite (prerequisites must be cleared before you can enroll). You may clear a prerequisite either in person (by seeing a counselor in the Counseling Department) or online. You will need the following information for a counselor to clear a prerequisite: *Peralta Student ID or Social Security Number *Unofficial or official transcripts from accredited institutions outside the Peralta District *Course descriptions may be required for courses taken outside the Peralta District *There are no exceptions If you wish to clear a prerequsite online, please see the e-counseling section below for directions.
Hours of Operation
Counselors are available during day and evening hours in the Counseling Center, located in Room R-109A in the R Building (Student Services). Please call 510-436-2475 for information or to schedule an appointment. Days and times of operation are:
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; closed Fridays
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(last appointment at 4:00 p.m.)
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
(last appointment at 6:30 p.m.)
Friday: 8 a.m. - Noon
(last appointment at 11:30 a.m.)
PLEASE NOTE THAT COUNSELING SERVICES ARE NOT AVAILABLE DURING WINTER AND SPRING BREAKS AND ON COLLEGE HOLIDAYS.