Who We Are

Counseling’s primary goal is to provide academic support services necessary for students to succeed at the College of Alameda. Counselors are an integral part of the education process, recognizing the needs of each student with whom they come into contact. Counselors provide current and valid information, using many resources, so that students are prepared to investigate alternatives, establish priorities, and develop an Educational Plan.

Our Services

The Counseling Department offers a wide range of professional counseling services for enrolled and prospective students, including:

  • Educational planning for degrees
  • Occupational certificates
  • Transfer to four year colleges/universities
  • Evaluation of California Community College transcripts for graduation and transfer, classes and workshops
  • Live Video Counseling – coming soon!
  • Clearance of pre-requisite holds


The Counseling Department is located in Building A (Administration). Counselors are available from 8:oo am to 7:oo pm on Mondays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday through Friday. The office phone number is (510) 748-2209.

Students can meet with counselors for drop-ins or scheduled appointments. Please note that drop-ins are on a first-come, first-serve basis and scheduled appointments are limited. Students enrolled in online courses can submit their questions via e-Counseling after reviewing the FAQs.

A prerequisite is a condition of enrollment that you are required to meet in order to demonstrate current readiness for enrollment in a course or educational program. A prerequisite course must be completed with a satisfactory grade, “C” grade or higher or a “P” (passing) grade.

If you are trying to enroll in a course that has a prerequisite, you must meet that prerequisite before you will be allowed to enroll in the class. If you completed the prerequisite course outside of the Peralta District, bring a copy of your transcript (can be unofficial copy) from the outside institution and meet with a counselor.

You can also download the Prerequisite Clearance Request Form and fax or email it in.

Please note: you must attach copies of your transcript and/or supporting documentation to the Request Form.

Fax: 510-748-5208


The College may accept lower-division units earned from accredited colleges or universities. Please bring an unofficial copy of your previous college units and meet with a counselor for more review.

Fall and Spring semesters are 18 weeks long.  Summer session is 6 weeks.

A full-time student enrolls in 12 or more units during a regular semester. A part-time student can enroll in as little as 1/2 unit to as many as 11 units.


Spring 2020

Monday: 8:00 am- 7:00 pm

Tuesday- Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

NOTE: Counseling may stop accepting students 30 minutes before the Welcome Center closes . Please call (510) 748-2209 for details.