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Advising Appointments

To best serve our students' academic advising needs, we offer four types (Current, New Student, Prospective Student, Drop-In) of advising appointments through our advising centers at Fort Steilacoom (FS), Joint Base Lewis – McChord (JBLM), and Puyallup (PY).  Click each drop down to learn more about each appointment type and choose the appointment that is right for you.

Current Student Appointments

During your appointment you can expect us to discuss the following with you:

  • Check in on your progress, celebrate your wins, and address any challenges you might be facing
  • Offer resources that might support your student success and transfer/career readiness
  • Review and revise your Starfish Degree Planner
  • Complete forms, documents, and other activities that help resolve an issue and prepare for graduation

As a current student, you can schedule a 30-minute advising appointment in two ways: through your Starfish account or by contacting your preferred advising center.


Log into your Starfish account to schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor or student success coach.

Log in to Starfish

Preferred Advising Center 

Contact your preferred advising center and schedule an appointment with the next available student success coach.

New Student Advising Appointments

As a newly admitted student, we offer a 45-minute initial advising appointment to discuss your college and career goals and ensure your successful start.

What to Expect

During your appointment, you can expect us to engage with you in the following ways:

Prepare for Your Appointment

We value your time. To help use our time effectively, please complete the following prior to your appointment:

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule your new student advising appointment, contact your preferred advising center

Prospective Student Appointments

Prospective student appointments are for you to discuss career pathways and program requirements, transfer credits, and to provide guidance on the steps to getting started at Pierce College.

To schedule a prospective student appointment, please contact your preferred advising center. We look forward to seeing you soon. Take a Virtual Tour of our campuses!

Virtual Drop-Ins

Virtual Drop-In appointments are 10 to 15-minute sessions that we offer to you daily through our Zoom Virtual Welcome Desk. Our goal is to be available for those just-in-time supports that keep you moving toward your current and future goals.

Virtual Drop-Ins vs. Advising Appointments

Virtual Drop-Ins

  • 15 minutes or less
  • Adding or Dropping a Class
  • Permission Codes
  • General questions about upcoming term such as tuition deadlines, parking decals, etc.
  • Quick resource connections

Advising Appointments

  • 30 - 60 minutes
  • Career pathway and program planning
  • Career/transfer exploration and preparation
  • Getting started with Running Start Program
  • New Student Advising
  • Addressing a distressing issue
  • Completing education plans for funding sources

Virtual Drop-Ins

Visit our Advising Zoom Room to connect with an advisor virtually.