Online Advising Page

Welcome to Online Advising!

We are here to assist you in becoming a San Juan College student and to guide you along on your educational journey.

"What do I need to do to become a distance student at San Juan College?" Well, first you should check out the Online Next Steps -- it lists the steps you will need to take to get started. You should also check out the Online Courses page.

Do you want to know if online classes are for you?  We recommend you go through the SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator to help you decide. 

Academic Calendar

Please visit our Academic Calendar for more information on semester dates and deadlines.


The Accuplacer Placement Test

What is it?

The ACCUPLACER Assessment:
·         Provides placement and advising information for students entering college.
·         Is a self-paced, un-timed assessment taken on a computer through the internet.
·         Can be completed by most students within 1½ to 2 hours, however, we encourage a student to spend as much time needed since he/she be placed in the classes indicated by the assessment.
·         Is customized based on your skills and abilities.
The Accuplacer has three parts:
·         Reading Comprehension: 20 questions related to reading skills such as identifying the main idea and making inferences.
·         Sentence Skills: 20 questions related to sentence structure and grammar.
·         Mathematics: Questions that range from arithmetic to elementary algebra. You will begin with one section and, depending on your performance, may advance to other sections.
Sample online Accuplacer questions are available at:

 How do I take the Accuplacer at a distance? 

If you are a Vet Tech student STOP HERE.  Please contact Sherry Hair, the coordinator for the Vet Tech program, for your Accuplacer information. Her email is  and the phone number is (505)566-3838.


If you are not a Vet Tech student, continue on:

First check out the Frequently Asked Questions about the Accuplacer.

Students must email from their SJC student e-mail. The Distance Accuplacer Coordinator will reply with IMPORTANT information on locating a testing center and proctor.

Brush up for the Accuplacer.  We always advise students to brush up and be mentally prepared for the test, because your scores determine your course placement in English, reading, and math. You can also practice taking the Accuplacer: go to You also can download Accuplacer sample questions.

Make an appointment with your proctor to take the test. After you complete the Accuplacer, your proctor should inform us that you have completed it. You must then contact to go over your scores and help you plan your classes. 

If you are faxing Accuplacer scores from another school, please ask your school to fax these to (505)566-4408.

Transfer Students:

All previous higher education coursework MUST be declared in order to meet Financial Aid regulation and Academic Honesty guidelines. Therefore, you must submit all college transcripts at the time of application to SJC. To have your college transcript(s) evaluated for transfer credit, please submit your official transcript(s) as soon as possible to the Admissions Office. Please note that to have your transcripts evaluated in time for the 2012 Summer and Fall semesters,  you should submit them as soon as possible. See the table below.

External Transcript Evaluations Priority Timeline:

  Transcript(s) Received Maximum Time for Evaluation
Fall Term 20XX
Prior to July 1, 20XX
July 1 – July 31, 20XX
August 1, 20XX or later
Four (4) weeks
Five (5) weeks
Six (6) weeks if student is enrolled
Spring Term 20XX
Prior to October 31,20XX
November 1 – November 31, 20XX
December 1, 20XX or later
Four (4) weeks
Five (5) weeks
Six (6) weeks if student is enrolled
Summer Term 20XX
Prior to March 15, 20XX
March 15 – April 14, 20XX
April 15, 20XX or later
Four (4) weeks
Five (5) weeks
Six (6) weeks if student is enrolled


Your transfer credits help determine:

  • whether or not you need to take the Accuplacer
  • which pre-requisite courses you need to take

It is very important to submit your official transcripts as soon as possible in the Admissions process.


Financial Aid

If you wish to apply for Financial Aid go to This process takes time so the sooner you apply, the sooner you will know whether you have been awarded financial aid.To ensure financial aid will be in place all appropriate applications and required documents should be complete and received by the Financial Aid office by the Priority Deadline, April 1, 2012. Incomplete or late applications will be processed but awards may not be finalized by the drop date.  Email with your questions and concerns.

New Student Orientation

When you have completed all those steps and know which classes you need, you must take the New Student Orientation online, your advisor will register you for Online New Student Orientation. 


Tuition must be paid in full by August 1, 2014 for Fall 2014 . To avoid being dropped for non-payment, students must 1) have paid tuition in full; or 2) be signed up for the student payment plan through Nelnet eCashier; or 3) have a financial aid award in place. Contact the Business Office at (505)566-3396 for more information. Please note: You can check on your financial aid and your bill and make a payment using WebAdvisor. You can also access the Nelnet payment plan by going to our homepage and clicking on the "Apply Online Now" button and then selecting the "e-cashier" button.


If you are a new student or have earned less than 25 credit hours, you must contact an advisor and have your student account unblocked in WebAdvisor before you may register.

Here is a tutorial on how to register using WebAdvisor:

Here is a review on how your username and password are determined:

Username: first initial, middle initial, last name (first 12 characters only), last two digits of your Social Security number, for example: fmlastname23
First Logon Password: Use sjcp#### (the letters “sjcp” followed by the last 4 digits of your Social Security number)

If you have any problems logging in, please contact the SJC Help Desk at (505)566-3266, or

Official Student Email:

All San Juan College students must activate and use their student email accounts. This is the method by which the college will communicate important information to you.

Your email address will be your You can log in by going to and entering your email address and your initial default password (sjcpxxxx, where the xxxx are the last 4 numbers of your social security number).

If you are unable to access your student e-mail account, please contact the SJC Help Desk at (505) 566-3266.

Getting ready for classes:

To get your books and materials go to the Bookstore website at

To Access Your Online Classes:
To get started with your online classes, go to the SJC webpage and click on Quicklinks in the upper right. Select Canvas. This brings you to the page where you will log in to your classes, using your SJC username and password. Your classes will not be available before the first day of classes but you can check out your computer system and take some tutorials so that you will be ready to go.

You might also want to take our short online readiness questionnaire.

Be sure to check out the Online Students web page for additional information and assistance.

For more information or for specific questions, please email
The online advisor has a 48 hour e-mail response time (Monday - Friday).