New Student Advising

New Student Advisors Ensure a Smooth Start

New Student Appointment Options

Advisors can meet with you VIRTUALLY  or IN-PERSON

Virtual Appointments use the Teams platform, choose an advisor from any campus
In-Person Appointment, select appropriate campus
How-To Teams Video

Find New Student Advisor

8470 N. Overfield Rd., Coolidge, AZ 85128: Office M113:  (520)494-5111
Located on the Signal Peak Mountain between Casa Grande and Coolidge. It features on-campus housing and all of CAC’s championship caliber athletic programs

Vickie Higgs

New Student Advisor
General Advising
Undecided & Exploratory Advising
Track & Field
Cross County

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New Student Advisor
General Advising
Undecided & Exploratory Advising

Spanish Speaking

Ellie Juarez

New Student Advisor
General Advising
Undecided & Exploratory Advising

Ricardo “Ricky” Torres

New Student Advisor
General Advising
Undecided & Exploratory Advising
Spanish Speaking
Mens/Womens Basketball

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520-494-5054, T204A

3736 E. Bella Vista Rd., San Tan Valley, AZ 85143: Office B100: (520)494-5111
 is located in  San Tan Valley and also serves the Queen Creek and Florence areas

Veronica Joaquin

New Student Advisor
General Advising
Undecided & Exploratory Advising

17945 N. Regent Dr., Maricopa, AZ 85138: Office A BLDG: (520)494-5111
is located in the City of Maricopa and also serves surrounding areas of western Pinal County

John Orozco

New Student Advisor
General Advising
Undecided & Exploratory Advising

Spanish Speaking

Cassie Holcombe

New Student Advisor
General Advising
Undecided & Exploratory Advising

805 S. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction, AZ 85119 : Office F102: (520)494-5111
SMC is located in Apache Junction and also serves the East Valley area.

Garrett bio picLucrece Garrett

New Student Advisor
General Advising
Undecided & Exploratory Advising

Mary Rhinehart

New Student Advisor
General Advising
Undecided & Exploratory Advising

Aravaipa Campus (AVC) ~ 80440 E. Aravaipa Rd., Winkelman, AZ 85192: Office B BLDG: (520)494-5111
AVC is located in Aravaipa and also serves the communities of Hayden, Kearny, Mammoth, San Manuel, Winkelman, Saddlebrooke and Oracle.

Advising Virtual Student
•Aravaipa Students: Please make a phone or virtual appointment with an advisor from another campus as there is not currently an advising option located at the Aravaipa campus.
•In-Person Appointments (i.e. in the office with the advisor) will be at the location where you have chosen to make the appointment

Other Advising Options

Academic Success Coach

CAC students who have met with a New Student Advisor, will then meet with an Academic Success Coach. Coaches specialize in particular Areas of Interest.

Find your Academic Success Coach Here

New Student Advisors ensure students have a smooth start;
Academic Success Coaches ensure students stay on the path and have a smooth finish.

Central Arizona College’s High School Programs

Central Arizona College’s High School Programs give students a jump-start on preparing for their futures. Our programs allow academically prepared & eligible students the ability to earn college credits while still in high school, saving time and money.

Application, Enrollment, Registration & Advising Assistance :

GED/HSE/ESL Enrollment, Registration & Advising:

New Student Resources

Pre-Advising List   -What to bring to your 1st Advising meeting
New Student Advising Checklist– Topics  covered in your 1st Advising meeting
Post Advising Checklist -What to do  after your 1st Advising appointment
Areas of Interest -CAC Degree, Certificate & Pathway options
Academic Calendar -Important dates such as drop/add, registration & more
2022-2023 Arizona General Education (AGEC)
2021-2022 Arizona General Education (AGEC)

Placement tools assist incoming CAC students in selecting appropriate level courses.  Using one or more of the options below, along with talking to your academic advisor, appropriate course placement is determined.

Multiple Measure Placement Tool

CAC uses two guided placement tools for students to determine which English/Reading and Math courses are best for them.

The English/Reading and Math placement tools use multiple measures (factors) to help with suggested course placements.  These measures typically include:

  • High School G.P.A. (if student has graduated within 3 years)
  • Self-reported standardized Test Scores listed below (In some instances, students may need to provide those results to their Academic Advisor.)
  • GED (General Education Development) certificate
  • AZ Merit score
  • Accuplacer Next Gen score
  • SAT (spring 2016 or later) score
  • ACT score
  • Advanced Placement (AP) score
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) score
  • Cambridge International Exam score
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) score

Students will be able to view their suggested course placements upon completion of the Placement Tools.  Students should bring the recommendations with them when meeting with an Academic Advisor. Students may need to enroll in Foundational level courses to help gain the academic skills necessary for success at the college level.

In some instances, or if desired, students may also take a Skills Assessment in English/Reading or Math to help determine the best placement. The Skills Assessments include a number of questions designed to gauge students’ suggested exposure or experiences in English, Reading and Math skills.

Option #1: Placement Tools (Do this First)

You will receive the results when you complete the Placement Tool. Bring any placement results to your advising meeting.

Option #2: Skills Assessments

CAC Skills Assessment: A CAC Skills Assessment can assist you in determining your current English, Reading, and Math levels of skills and abilities, and will provide you with recommendations for an appropriate class to meet your needs. After using the Placement Tools above, take the Skills Assessment if you are still unsure of the correct classes to take. It will provide you with more detailed recommendations for correct placement.

English & Reading Skills Assessment Tool

Mathematics Skills Assessment Tool

♦ For guidance in appropriate math course placement please use the Math Placement Guide for Students and Advisors

You will receive the results when you complete the tool. Bring any assessment results to your advising meeting.

Option #3: Discussion with Academic Advisor

A student may consult with an academic advisor before registering to ensure the best course fit. A student may also self-place using these measures.  In classes such as English and Math a brief in-class assessment may be given the first day of class to confirm appropriate placement in order to best serve student educational success.

Current High School Students may be placed into courses based upon a recommendation from a high school guidance counselor or other qualified high school representative

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MyMajors– Explore careers and match with CAC Degrees
Veteran Educational Benefits  –Assist Military & Veteran Students
Student Accessibility Services-Assist Students with Accommodations
Library-Has information & staff to help you with your research
Learning Center & Tutoring-Offers free tutoring, academic & proctored testing, workshops, study areas & more
Bookstore-Stocks required class essentials like books and supplies
Career Resources-Find explore careers, find jobs & other tools
University Transfer -Step-by-step transfer for ASU, NAU & UA
Student Success Workshops-How To workshops covering Financial Aid, Resume Building, Career Exploration & more
Visit our Full List of Student Resources

General Advising Contact Information

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm
Phone: 520-494-5111