Bakersfield College

Step 4: Develop an Education Plan

Plan Your Education at BC!

College is an exciting and challenging time for new students. The New Student Workshop and Student Education Plan are designed to help you understand your degree or major pathway and prepare you to register for classes.


Why a New Student Workshop and Student Education Plan?

This step has two parts. Attend the online New Student Workshop to begin planning your education and meet with a counselor or educational advisor to finalize that plan to prepare you to register for classes.

Online New Student Workshop

First, attend the online New Student Workshop. This workshop is designed to help new students understand course placement, how to schedule classes, what the number of units means in time, your responsibilites and choosing an education pattern. The workshop will lead you through preparing a Student Education Plan, sometimes referred to as an "Ed Plan" or the "SEP." The Student Education Plan is a plan of courses to reach your education goal at Bakersfield College and to help you register yourself into classes.

Meet with a Counselor

The second step is to meet with a counselor or educational advisor to finalize your Student Education Plan. We recommend making an appointment at least two weeks ahead by calling (661) 395-4421. See Counseling and Advising for more on appointments. As you proceed through your education, meet with a counselor each semester to update your Student Education Plan.

Who has to take the New Student Workshop and complete a Student Education Plan?

All new students must complete the online New Student Workshop & develop a Student Education Plan. Note: high school seniors are required to attend the in-person New Student Workshop provided at your high school.

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ONLINE New Student Workshop & Student Education Plan

After taking the online workshop, make an appointment with a counselor or educational advisor to complete your Student Education Plan.

What to Bring To Your Meeting With an Advisor or Counselor

  • High school student or recent high school graduate, bring a copy of your high school transcripts.
  • If you have attended another university or college, bring an unofficial copy of your transcripts.
  • Plan to take notes and bring your questions!
  • Note: Parking permits are required on campus.

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