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Welcome to the Athletic Counseling page! It is our mission to ensure that all Cuesta student-athletes receive high quality academic counseling through comprehensive educational plans, individualized support and advising workshops. The athletic counselors are a great resource for on-campus services, transfer planning, and NCAA/NAIA information. Our academic counselorsMatt Fox, Katherine “Kat” Gritton, and Ali Yates, have received specialized training to support student athletes on planning their educational journey.  Before you meet with one of them (please complete) 6 steps listed below.  By completing these steps to “GETTING STARTED at Cuesta", your meeting with the counselor will be more productive. 

STEP 1 - Complete Cuesta online Admission Application  

  • This is a two-part process.  

  1. Create an Account- username/password 

  1. Complete the Online Application/Fall 2024 

  1. Make sure you fill out the application AS IF YOU HAVE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL 

STEP 2 - Complete our Online Orientation – access through your myCuesta account. 

  • You will receive an e-mail from Cuesta with your student ID# (900------) and your myCuesta portal information that has your username and password.  

  • You access the Online Orientation in your myCuesta account (  using your username/password. 

  • Once in your myCuesta account, you will scroll down to the ‘PICK YOUR SERVICE’ AND select box titled ‘ONLINE ORIENTATION.’ 

  • The Online Orientation will help you choose your first semester classes, discuss Cuesta College policies and procedures, review academic planning strategies, and more! 

STEP 3 - Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) – ALL first time freshmen are eligible for free tuition at a California Community College, but you must complete the FAFSA. Transfer students should also do this step.  

  • If by chance you don’t complete the FAFSA by March 2nd 2024, you will still be eligible for financial aid. This is a priority deadline and allows you to receive the most money. 

STEP  4 – Sign up for Cougar Welcome Day – May 2024 

AND complete the Cougar Welcome Day Orientation, then your priority registration date will move up.   

STEP 5 – Send ALL Transcripts AND AP scores to Cuesta College 

  • ALL College/University Coursework (If you haven’t attended another college or completed AP exams, then skip this step) 

  • This includes community college classes you completed while in high school. 

  • AP Scores – please request AP scores be sent to Cuesta.  Here is the link to College Board. 

STEP 6 – Call the Counseling office at 805-546-3138 or 805-546-3162 to make a Zoom or In-person appointment with Ali, Kat or Matt IF don’t attend Cougar Welcome Days. 


Go Cougars!