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 GET STARTED: Steps,Tips, and Resources

  • Continuing/returning students click here for preparing for information on choosing classes and preparing for counseling appointments
  • Looking for tips and resources for academic success, click here

NEW TO COLLEGE STUDENTS: Start Here - Welcome to Solano Community College! 

Please follow these instructions for receiving assistance on choosing upcoming courses:

  1. Watch this video: New Student Education Plan Overview (video - 18:12 min)
    •  Yes, there is a lot of information on the video! Please watch it multiple times and write down your questions to ask the counselor during the workshop.
    • You don't have to choose your English or Math. That part of the video is to explain how the placement guidance process works. The counselor will review your HS transcripts with you (so don't forget to have an electronic version available when you go to the workshop) to determine what English and Math to choose.  You major will also guide the Math choice, as you will see when you select a template.
    • Information on other programs: Puente
  2. Identify your PACE (Pathways for Academic and Career Excellence) Area
    • Visit the PACE area website to identify the area in which your major falls under.  You will be asked about your PACE area during the workshop.
    • Not sure of your major?  Take the Career Assessment (quick or detailed version) to identify your interests and connected majors. Then identify which PACE area those majors fall under.
  3. Create a draft of your class choices for the upcoming semester
  4. Call the Counseling Front Desk, 707-864-7101 stating you are a first-time college attendee and would like to be added to the Express Quick Question Drop-in list for your draft course list to be reviewed by a Counselor. Express times are 10:30am – 1pm and 3-5pm (expanded during the week before and the first week of each semester).  A counselor will call you to confirm your course choices. Then, email your draft of class choices for the upcoming semester to Counseling Services,
  5. Register for Classes!
  6. Congratulations, are an officially registered as a Solano Community College student!


  • Review the handouts, videos and other useful tips for being a successful college student here
  • Don’t forget about financial aid and the Solano promise program
  • Contact Counseling in the month after you start to create a comprehensive education plan (all semester)s.



NOTE: The Solano front website has changed since the videos and handout were created, but the same needed links to the course schedule, catalog, and MySolano can still be found on the newly designed page by scrolling to the middle of the page and finding the corresponding resource in the center column.  Links to all of our programs and services are now at the top of the page within the Student Services menu.

Campus Map (pdf)


Registration Tips

Reading the Schedule for During Mostly Online Semesters (COVID) (video - 10 min)

How to Register for Classes (video – 6 min) 

Reading the Schedule (video - 6:30 min)

Reading the Schedule (pdf)

How to Register (pdf)

Waitlist FAQs (pdf)

Requesting an Add Code from Faculty (pdf)

How to Add Yourself to a Waitlist (video - 4:50 min)

Textbooks and Apps (pdf)


Choosing Classes and Educational Goals

Picking Your Educational Goal and Understanding College Terminology(video - 5:10 min)

Solano Programs List 2020-2021 (pdf)

21-22 Local  AA degree only - not for transfer (yellow) (pdf- download for fillable function to work)

21-22 IGETC (UC and CSU Transfer) (purple) (pdf- download for fillable function to work)

21-22 CSU Transfer Only (green) (pdf- download for fillable function to work)

Understanding Your Education Plan (video - 4:30 min)

Using the Catalog and General Education Options to Choose your Classes (video - 12 min)

Understanding General Education Requirements (video - 6:15 min)

Review Your Degree Progress (video - 33 min)

Choosing your Math and English Course (video, 11 min)

Using - to prepare for transferring (video - 8:30 min)

English and Math Placement Grid (pdf)

Math Course Sequence (pdf)

Math Requirements for Solano Programs (pdf)


Nursing (RN/BSN) Preparation

Pre-Nursing FAQs 2021 (pdf)

Pre-Nursing General Education Outline (pdf) 

Watch First - Getting Started on Pathway to Nursing (video – 14:30 min.)

Desired Qualities of Nurses/Good and Bad Reasons to Become a Nurse (video - 9:30 min)

Preparation and Requirements to Apply to SCC Registered Nursing Program (video - 14:30 min)

Nursing Pre-Major and GE Check Sheet Opt. A (AS degree only) (video – 12 min.)

Preparing for SCC RN and CSU BSN, using CSU GE Pattern with Education Plan (video – 14:30 min.)

What to Expect in Solano Community College's Registered Nursing Program (video – 12 min.)

Good and Bad Reasons to go Into Nursing (video - 10:50 min)


Study Skills

Weekly Schedule – blank template (pdf)

Organizing for Online Success (video – 12 min)

Online Study Skills and Managing Time (video – 12 min)


Zoom (Online Video Meeting) Tips

Zoom FAQs (pdf)

Using Zoom for a Counseling Appointment (pdf)

How to use Zoom for a Counseling Appointment (video - 5:30 min)

Using different functions and settings on Zoom (video - 10 min)