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New Student Advising

We understand college can be scary, especially for new students. We're here to help. At all Pierce College locations, you'll find helpful, friendly staff that can help you choose your classes, chart your education or career path, and assist you through the registration process.

A new student advising appointment is required for all new Pierce College students. New student advising appointments are an easy, convenient way for you to get all the information you need to start your education.

In your welcome email from Admissions, you will be guided to log into your MyPierce Portal. Within MyPierce, you can set up your student email account and watch a series of new student informational videos that provide an overview of the college’s processes, including information about our career pathways. Module 7 of the videos takes you to an online intake card. After completing the intake card, you will be contacted to schedule your initial advising appointment.

If you have attended another college, don't forget to request an official transcript prior to attending an orientation. Once Pierce College has received your transcript, complete and submit a Credit Evaluation Request. Bring an unofficial transcript to new student advising appointment.

Former Pierce College students who haven't attended a new student advising appointment are encouraged to attend one.


Once you've attended your new student advising appointment and received your registration access code (RAC), you are ready to register online at your assigned time using Student Online Services. You also can register in person at either campus.

Registration dates are posted on the Academic Calendar. To find your registration, go to MyPierce.

Disability Accommodation

Contact the Access and Disability Services Office to request disability accommodation at least 5 days in advance at or call 253-964-6468 (Fort Steilacoom) or 253-840-8335 (Puyallup).