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Meet with a Counselor/Advisor

From Monday, July 29, 2024 to Friday, September 6, 2024: Counseling & Advising will be offering same day meetings on a first check-in, first served basis. Appointment scheduling will be suspended during the peak advising period in August in order to focus on immediate academic planning needs in preparation for the fall 2024 semester.

During the following days/times, Counseling & Advising will not be open and services will not be available:

  • Monday, August 26, 2024: Student Affairs Services, including Counseling & Advising and DSS offices CLOSED until 2:30 p.m. for the Collegewide Opening Meetings
  • Monday, September 2, 2024: MC CLOSED for Labor Day holiday

We're here to help you plan your education and meet your academic goals. There are various ways students can connect (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window) with someone in counseling and advising.

Click on the "Chat with Us" button below for help accessing our virtual and on-campus services.

Students with disabilities: Learn how to schedule an appointment with Disability Support Services (DSS)


Ways to Connect with Counseling & Advising

Live Chat with Us

Best for quick advising questions that can be answered by a Counselor within 5-10 minutes.

Live Chat Hours:
Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. EST.
*Hours may change at any time.

Virtual Assistant (Chatbot) Hours: 24/7

Click on the “Chat with us" button.

Send a Question to Us

Best for quick questions about a specific/concrete issue that can be answered quickly by a Counselor.

Contact form available 24/7; Response time is within two business days.



Meet with Us Virtually or In Person

Best for comprehensive advising needs.

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST

Virtual meetings are held via Zoom or phone.  
In-person meetings are available on all three campuses.

Use Starfish to schedule:

After scheduling, you'll receive a confirmation email with instructions to your Montgomery College email account.

If you need help scheduling a meeting or to request a meeting outside of normal hours, fill out our request formnew window

Check in for Your Meeting

Check in for your scheduled in-person, on-campus appointment:

No drop-ins; meetings must be scheduled via Starfish. Learn how to schedule a meeting in Starfish.

New Students

Make sure you’ve completed the steps below.   Once you’ve completed all the steps, you are ready to meet with someone in Counseling & Advising.

Apply for Admission

Complete the admissions application and related admissions tasks. See Step One on the How to Apply and Register page for details. 

Activate Your MC Account and Determine Placement

Claim your MyMC account, set up your MC email account, and determine if you need to take placement tests. See Step Two on the How to Apply and Register page for details. 

Complete Orientation 

Complete the following:

You are also strongly encouraged to participate in First Year Experience (FYE) Activities and/or enroll in a First Year Seminar course.


Returning Students

Faculty and Staff


Starfish is a tool that connects students with some members of their success network and helps us improve the way we support student success.

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Counseling & Advising

For scheduling in Counseling and Advising, direct students back to this page or to the scheduling request formnew window. For behaviors of concern, submit an incident report.

Contact Information

Disability Support Services Referrals

To apply for or renew accommodations, direct students to the DSS Student Information and Resources page.

Frequently Asked Questions



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