Frequently Asked Questions

Transfer Center FAQsNew Student FAQs


  1. I want to get started at Ventura College. What's my first step?
  2. I'm a continuing student and I need to make an appointment with a counselor. How do I know who to see?
  3. How long are the counseling appointments?
  4. When do I need a counseling appointment?
  5. I work a lot. What hours are counseling appointments available?
  6. Do I need an appointment for financial aid certification?
  7. I'm ready to graduate! How do I apply?
  8. I don't need an appointment, but I have a few questions and I need to see a counselor now. What should I do?
  9. I'm a middle school or high school student and I'd like to take a class at Ventura College. How do I get started?
  10. I'm considering changing my career or major. Do you have any tests I can take to tell me what career I might be suited for based on my interests?
  11. How do I obtain an official transcript?
  12. How much do transcripts cost and how long does it take to obtain one?
  13. How do I obtain an unofficial transcript and/or a list of classes I've taken and my grades?

We encourage all students new to the college experience to visit our Welcome Center.

In order to have a visit with a counselor, you must apply for admission to obtain an Student ID (900) number.

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You're always welcome to see any of our counselors, however, some counselors have specific majors that they specialize in. Make sure to tell us if you would like to see a specific counselor or you have a major or specific area of interest.

Schedule your appointment early since appointments are limited at the beginning and end of each semester and during the Summer.

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Thirty minute appointments are available. 

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An appointment is necessary for the following services:

Graduation application, letters of recommendation, probation clearances, degree and course planning, career/major exploration, when experiencing academic difficulty, and personal counseling.

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Appointments are generally scheduled every half hour during the hours our office is open: Monday - Thursday, 8:00am - 7:00pm and Friday, 8:00am - 3:00pm. 

There are special accommodations for students who live 50-plus miles from the College.

Counseling schedule is subject to change.

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You must file a graduation application during a counseling appointment.  Deadlines vary.  Refer to the Academic Calendar for specific dates Back to Top


7.  I don't need an appointment, but I have a few questions and I need to see a counselor now.  What should I do?

Drop by counseling is available daily on a limited/subject to change basis.  For specific hours, counselor availability, and whether you can get your questions answered during a brief drop by session, contact or stop by the Counseling Office at (805) 654-6448.

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Go to Special Admission Students to find the necessary forms and information.

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Yes, visit our Career Center located in building SSC.  The Center offers career assessments such as:   interest inventories, publications and research materials.

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Obtaining your official Ventura College transcript

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11. How much do transcripts cost and how long does it take to obtain one?

Fees for your official Ventura College transcript

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  12.  How do I obtain an unofficial transcript and/or a list of classes I've taken and my grades?

Access grades through your my.vcccd.edu student portal.

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