Student Services Orientation


Here is what we will cover in this orientation

Please watch this short video about Brad Pitfall and Angelina Jolly. While you watch this video, think of some ideas of what makes a student successful, and, what makes a student unsuccessful.

student services

EXTENDED OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES (EOPS) is state funded program intended to assist first generation, socioeconomically disadvantaged students to achieve their educational goals. Before applying for EOPS, students must have completed the steps to becoming a CR student, including enrollment in or completion of General Studies 6 or General Studies 1. For more information about EOPS, please visit their website at

DISABLED STUDENTS PROGRAMS AND SERVICES ensures equal access to students with various learning and/or physical disabilities. Check out their website at:

COUNSELING AND ADVISING services are intended to help students attain their educational goals by offering academic advising including transcript evaluation, educational planning, academic problem solving and referrals when appropriate. Check out their website at:
FINANCIAL AID: Your first step for financial aid—is to apply.   It's free to apply! By completing the FAFSA, it will open doors to any state and federal aid. Even if you think you aren't going to qualify—just apply.

Additionally, the CR Financial Aid website is also a very useful tool. Check them out at:

HEALTH CENTER provides minor medical care, immunizations, testing, and much more. For more information or to view their hours please visit

LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER: the LRC, also known as the Library, provides printing and copying, book renewal, book check out, internet and computer use, quiet study rooms and much more! Check out their website at:

ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTER: provides individual and small group tutoring, instruction services, referrals, computer access, DSPS make up testing, English and math placement testing, media viewing, private study areas, Math Lab, and the Writing center.   Check out their website at

VETERAN RESOURCE CENTER: All students who feel they are eligible for VA Educational Benefits should submit an application to the VA.   The College of the Redwoods Office of Educational Benefits does not determine eligibility, but helps facilitate the process with the Veterans Administration. If you think you may be eligible for benefits, check out their website at

Educational Planning

Now that we have reviewed some of the services available at College of the Redwoods, let's begin the education planning process.


Certificate programs are short term (two to three semesters in length) and are usually in career technical areas. These programs focus primarily on preparing students for entry level positions in specific occupations or areas of employment.

Usually, there is no general education required, although depending on the certificate, there may be some English and/or math required.


Here is the unit breakdown:

Depending on your course of study, you will have from 18 units of general education, 18-21 units of major requirements and anywhere from zero to 24 units of electives.


Here is the unit breakdown:

Depending on your course of study, you will have 39 units of general education and 21 units of major or elective requirements.

pick your path

These Associate degrees on the left hand side are not designed for students who want to transfer to a university for a Bachelors degree. We offer a wide variety of associate degrees, such as Automotive, Nursing, Business, and many more.

At CR, a student can complete the general education requirements to transfer to the California State University, the University of California and most four year colleges. Students transferring to the California State University system will qualify for admission as upper division transfers if they have completed a minimum of 60 transferable units with a GPA of 2.0 or better. While an associate degree is not required for transfer, students may be eligible for one by the time they are ready to transfer.


To earn an Associate degree, you must take English and math. If you haven't already completed the English and math placement process, do so as soon as possible. Completing the placement process is one of the requirements to receive enrollment priority.

To earn a degree you will need to complete at least English 1A.

Let's do an example: Brad Pitfall placed into English 150 and he wants to transfer to a California state university. Brad must take English 150, then English 1A, and then English 1B, Phil 1 or 12. How many semesters of English is that? 3 semesters.

Now, let's look at Math. Angelina Jolly placed into Math 380 and wants to transfer. She must take Math 380, then Math 120, and then a transfer level math course.
So, starting (or completing) the math and English sequence of courses as soon as possible is very important.


Great news! If you placed into English 350 you can save yourself a whole semester.

English 102 is an accelerated alternative that will cover concepts from English 350 and English 150 to prepare you for English 1A.

English 102 is recommended for students that are prepared to take on challenging reading and writing tasks sooner and who believe they will be ready for college level English with only one semester of preparation.

Whether you're transferring to a university, headed into the career technical field, or you're undecided, we have the right package of courses for you.
Go to for a list of all our degrees and certificates.

We recommend, no matter what path you pick, that you take a General Studies course (GS) for your first semester.

Read below for the GS 1 and GS 6 course descriptions: 

General Studies 1: College Success
(3 Units LEC) Grade Only
Recommended Prep: ENGL-150
Transfers to: CSU
Academic success preparation for the university-bound student. Stu­dents will learn how to navigate the challenges of higher education by practicing advanced reading, note and test-taking skills, higher-order thinking, and academic research, while establishing college and career paths and accessing the resources to support their goals.

General Studies 6: First Year Experience
(3 Units LEC) Grade Only
Recommended Prep: READ-360
A first year experience course focusing on the development of academic and personal skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond. Primarily assisting students in the transition between high school to college level expectations. Topics covered will be self-efficacy, time management, classroom dynamics, introduc­tory academic skills enhancement, institutional campus services and technology used in higher education.
Note: If offered as TBA, 54 hours are required.

If you tested into English 150, English 350, or READ 360, it is highly recommended that you take General Studies 6.
If you tested into English 1A, it is highly recommended that you take General Studies 1.

enrollment priority

Your Academic Progress is very important. Keep your grade point average at 2.00 or better and complete at least 50% of all the units you attempt to remain in good academic standing.

Now, if your GPA is below 2.00 or you received W (withdrawal), I (incomplete), or NP (no pass) on 50% of your courses, you are now on Probation Level 1. You no longer qualify to receive priority registration.

If you do not improve after two semesters, you are placed on Probation Level 2 and will no longer be eligible for BOG fee waiver (effective Fall 2016).

If after your 3rd semester you continue with a GPA below a 2.00 or your course completion is 50% or less, you will then be dismissed from the college. You will need to meet with a counselor or advisor and reapply after one semester of non-attendance.

If you are on Academic Dismissal, you cannot register for the following term. You can apply for readmission after one regular semester of non-attendance. In order to do this, you must see an academic advisor or counselor to be reinstated.

Dismissal status can be appealed due to extenuating circumstances.  The process to appeal is on the Admissions webpage under Appeal For Reinstatement to Probationary Status.


Pay to Stay: You must pay for your classes now. If you do not pay for the courses, you are running the risk of being dropped.

There are three fees attached to your cost of courses:

You can opt out of the Technology fee and the Student Activity Fee by calling the Cashier's Office at 707.476.4126 or completing the form available on the Business Office website:

CR Technology

Now it's time to familiarize yourself with CR's technology systems! Please walk through each tutorial:

  1. MyCR
  2. Web Advisor
  3. CR Student Email


next steps

Be sure to add you name and CR ID# to receive credit for attending orientation.