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Meet with a Counselor/Advisor

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 "Start Chat" 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–Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. EST
Thursday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. EST
*Hours may change at any time.

Virtual Assistant (Chatbot) Hours: 24/7

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 Montgomery College email

Use Starfish to schedule:

After scheduling, you'll receive a confirmation email with instructions to your 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 Getting Started: 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 Getting Started: 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.


Visiting Students

Want to take classes at MC to transfer back to your home college or university? See our resources for visiting students.

Transfer In or Returning to MC

Keep your transfer plans on track! Be sure to update your official student record at MC and transfer in credits taken outside MC.

What Is Starfish?

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

Returning Students

Academic Advising and Planning

Your counselor and/or academic program advisor can help you set educational goals and a plan to reach them.

Advising by Major

Meet with an academic program advisor who teaches in your major for advising tailored to your program of study.

Transfer Planning

Keep your transfer plans on track by regularly reviewing MC's Transfer Planning page and discussing your progress with a counselor or advisor.

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.

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.




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