Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College students

Counseling and Advising

Our Mission

Academic counseling and advising at Bakersfield College is an on-going, intentional, and educational partnership between Bakersfield College and its students that is dedicated to student academic success. Bakersfield College is committed to an academic counseling and advising system that helps students.

  • Discover and pursue life goals
  • Support diverse and equitable educational experiences
  • Advance students’ intellectual and cultural development
  • Learn to become engaged, self-directed leaners, and competent decision makers

The Counseling and Advising Department is committed to promoting student success by assisting students with educational planning, career and education counseling, and developing strategies for navigating higher education.

Hours & Locations

Panorama Campus

Location: Center for Student Success (formerly Student Services), 1st Floor

Phone: (661) 395-4421


  • Monday–Thursday: 7:30am – 5:30pm
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Delano Campus

Location: Science & Technology Building

Phone: (661) 720-2000


  • Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed


You can make an appointment in person at the Counseling and Advising Department in Center for Student Success (formerly Student Services), 1st Floor, or by phone at (661) 395-4421.

Appointments may not available during peak registration periods and/or during the summer. Appointments will be scheduled in 30 minute blocks and are generally two weeks out. Please be on time to your appointment or scheduled workshop (see our Policies section below). You may also need to bring copies of your unofficial college and/or university transcripts with you to determine course clearance or course placement.

Drop-In Counseling & Advising

Drop-in counseling and advising is available most days. However, schedules may change and wait times will vary. Drop-ins are conducted on a first come, first-served basis and are limited to 20 minutes. Please contact the Counseling Department at (661) 395-4421 for more information.


Counseling appointments may not be available during peak registration periods or during the summer. Appointments are generally booked two weeks out.

Late Arrival Policy

As a courtesy to other students and our faculty and staff, we expect that students will be on time to counseling appointments. However, we do understand that unexpected events may arise. We will accept late attendees up to 5 minutes after a scheduled appointment. Arriving late to an appointment will reduce your appointment duration by the amount of time you are late. Students arriving more than five (5) minutes late will be required to reschedule their appointment.. It is best practice to check-in 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment or scheduled workshop.

No Show Policy

Please contact the Counseling and Advising Department at (661) 395-4421 in advance if you will be unable to attend your appointment or scheduled workshop. Our support staff is more than willing to reschedule or cancel an appointment given prior notice.If you do not attend a scheduled appointment or workshop, you will be marked as a No Show. However, we do understand that unexpected events may arise. We will allow you to receive one No Show without consequence. If you acquire 2 or more No Shows, you will no longer be able to schedule counseling appointments in the Counseling Department. You will then be limited to a drop-in basis only to see a counselor or advisor

What Can You See A Counselor or Advisor For?

Some examples of what you can meet with a counselor or advisor for are as follows.

  • Choose a major
  • Develop a career plan
  • Develop or update your Comprehensive Student Education Plan (CSEP) - by appointment only
  • Academic & Progress Probation (counselor only)
  • Academic & Progress Disqualification (counselor only & required)
  • Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) contracts
  • Transferring into Bakersfield College from other colleges and/or universities
  • Understanding which classes from other colleges and/or universities will transfer into Bakersfield College
  • Transfer out of Bakersfield College to other colleges and/or universities
  • ...and more!

Counselors & Advisors In Other Departments

In addition to the Counseling and Advising Department, there are counselors and advisors located in other departments on campus. The counselors and advisors in these areas do not schedule their appointments through the Counseling and Advising Department. Please contact the numbers below or visit their offices for more information.

Career & Technical Education (CTE)
(661) 395-4809

Financial Aid
Center for Student Success (formerly Student Services) 2nd Floor
(661) 395-4428

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Aera STEM Success Center 109
(661) 395-4772

(661) 395-4681

Allied Health
MS 178
(661) 395-4476

Veterans Services
Veterans Lounge
(661) 395-4312

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