New Students

New Students

The San Diego Community College District has a wide range of programs at three colleges to provide the opportunity you need to succeed in your college career.


Different Programs for Different Goals

  • Programs leading to an Associate in Arts Degree
  • Programs leading to an Associate in Science Degree
  • Programs leading to a Certificate of Achievement
  • Programs leading to transfer to a four-year college in a California State University, the University of California, or a private college or university.

Endless Possibilities...Degrees and Programs of Interest

As the second largest community college district in California, we offer over 400 areas of study and programs of interest. To see the full list of majors and programs offered, download the Endless Possibilities Guide or pick one up in the Student Outreach Office on campus.


Three Colleges That Offer Unique College Experiences

Visit the college websites to discover which college offers the right college experience and education for you.

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About City College

City Degrees & Programs

Student Life at City

City Campus Map

About Mesa College

Mesa Degrees & Programs

Student Life at Mesa

Mesa Campus Map

About Miramar College

Miramar Degrees & Programs

Student Life at Miramar

Miramar Campus Map

Once you've decided on which college you want to attend, follow the steps below to begin the enrollment process.

High School Students – There are special requirements for high school students. Go to the High School Students page for details.

International Students - There are special requirements for international students. Go to the International Students page for details.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

You may apply for admission if any of the following apply to you...

  • Have graduated from high school
  • Have passed the California High School Proficiency Exam
  • Did not graduate from high school, but have attained a Certificate of Completion
  • Have passed the GED exam with an average score of 450 or higher.
  • Did not graduate from high school, but are 18 years of age or older, or an emancipated minor (may be admitted under a provisional admission status)
  • Are a high school student who has satisfied the concurrent enrollment admissions requirements (Go to the High School Students page for details.)
  • Are an international student who has satisfied the international student admissions requirements (Go to the International Students page for details..)

All new students must file an Application for Admission online or in the Admissions Office.

Students who have not attended for one year must file a new Application for Admission.

Contact the Admissions Office on campus if you have any questions.

CITY COLLEGE MESA COLLEGE MIRAMAR COLLEGE
Admissions Office
619-388-3475
Office A-112
  Admissions Office
619-388-2682
Office I4-102
  Admissions Office
619-388-7844
Office K-207
 

Steps for Admission


Download the Quick Guide to Admission & Registration:

Fall 2014 Quick Guide to Admission & Registration

Summer 2014 Quick Guide to Admission & Registration

Step 1 – Apply for Admission

Apply by the Deadline

Apply by the deadline date to ensure you receive critical services in time for the start of the semester.

  • Summer 2014 – Apply by April 30, 2014
  • Fall 2014 – Apply by July 1, 2014

Declare Your Major

You will be asked to select a major, or your intended area of study, from the list provided.
Download the College Catalog for complete details on the programs available.

CITY COLLEGE MESA COLLEGE MIRAMAR COLLEGE
2014-2015 Catalog
2014-2015 Addendum
  2014-2015 Catalog
2014-2015 Addendum
  2014-2015 Catalog
2014-2015 Addendum

If you don't know what your intended area of study will be at this time, you can select "Undecided" or "Undeclared." Be sure to schedule an appointment with a counselor to develop your educational plan.

Apply Now

To apply, go to the Online Application for Admission website and follow the instructions to Start A New Application.

Receive a Confirmation and Your CSID

You'll receive an email confirmation that your application has been submitted. You'll receive another email within 48 hours which will provide your College Student Identification (CSID) Number.

NOTE: Be sure to keep this number in a secure location. It will be required to access your student records, access online services and to conduct all business with the college.


Step 2 – Request official transcripts

Transcripts are the official document of the student's academic work at a college or university.

Official Transcripts are required for the following:
  • To validate prerequisites completed
  • To receive credit for courses completed at another institution
  • To develop your Student Education Plan
  • Students receiving financial aid or veterans benefits must have transcripts on file within one semester

Guidelines for submitting Transcripts
  • Students are responsible for requesting official transcripts from each institution attended.
  • Official transcripts must be received in the original, sealed envelope from the college or university.
  • Transcripts from foreign institutions are not required.
  • Opened, faxed or emailed transcripts will not be considered official.
  • Transcripts are only accepted within one year after issuance.

Transcripts should be submitted to the SDCCD office:

San Diego Community College District
Transcripts Department
3375 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92108-3883


Submit a Request for Transcript Evaluation

Visit the Counseling Office to submit your request for Transcript Evaluation. You will be notified when the evaluation is complete. Allow up to 30 days.

CITY COLLEGE MESA COLLEGE MIRAMAR COLLEGE
Counseling Office
619-388-3540
Office A-110
Counseling website
  Counseling Office
619-388-2672
Office I4-303
Counseling website
  Counseling Office
619-388-7840
Office K-203
Counseling website
 

For more information go to the SDCCD Evaluations website.


Step 3 – Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fee waivers, work study and student loans are available. Go to Financial Aid for details.

Start by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for financial aid.


Step 4 – Student Success and Support Program (formerly Matriculation)

Beginning Fall 2014, all new students will be required to complete orientation, assessment and an education plan.

The college Student Success & Support (matriculation) program is designed to help you in planning, choosing, and achieving your educational goals. To "matriculate" means to enroll and to commit oneself to an educational goal. The Matriculation process at our colleges includes Assessment, Orientation, and a Student Education Plan (SEP).

Once you have completed your Application for Admission, you will need to register for an assessment and orientation appointment with the college you plan to attend. Visit the college website for specific instructions.

CITY COLLEGE MESA COLLEGE MIRAMAR COLLEGE
First Year Services Office
619-388-3998
Office L-207
First Year Services Website
  Testing Center
619-388-2718
Office I4-201
Testing Center Website
  Assessment Office
619-388-7379
Office C-303
Assessment Website
 

A. Orientation

New students should attend an orientation session before taking the assessment test and registering for classes at the college.

The orientation program provides important information to students about the programs and services available at the colleges, as well as strategies for student success. The orientation is usually divided into two parts – an online orientation information program and a one-on-one meeting with a counselor. Visit the college website for more information and to schedule your orientation sessions.


B. Assessment

Your success as a college student depends, to a large degree, on enrolling in courses that match your abilities and skills. Assessment includes testing, as well as other measures, and is intended to assist students in determining the best fit between your skills and class requirements. In order to ensure proper course selection, all new students should go through assessment and orientation unless they already possess an associate degree or higher.


Past Educational Achievements in Mathematics or English

Students are exempt from the English and math placement tests if they have earned an Associate degree or higher, have completed English and math courses, or have received a qualifying score on an SAT or EAP test taken within the past two years. Students should bring or send official copies of their SAT or EAP test scores directly to the District Student Services office to determine readiness for English 101 or 105 and for courses with a Math 096 prerequisite. All tests must have been completed with the past 2 years.

Test Minimum Score Required
College ENGL AP 3, 4 or 5
SAT - ENGL 500
SAT - MATH 560
EAP Ready for CSU College-level English/Math Course
EAP Conditional Conditional status does NOT meet the criteria

A qualifying score from the College Board Advanced Placement English or Math Exam may be taken directly to the college Counseling office for consideration. Please refer to the College Catalog for AP exam score requirements.


Assessment Tests

There are three types of Assessment Tests offered at City, Mesa and Miramar colleges.

  • English Placement Test
    This test is designed for native speakers of English. If English isn't your primary language, but you are very comfortable using English and use it most of the time, then the English Placement Test is the right one for you to take.
  • English Placement Test for Non-Native English Speakers (English for Speakers of
    Other Languages - ESOL)

    The ESOL Program is designed to prepare students to read, write, speak and listen at a level that enables them to succeed in college courses. This test is appropriate if English is not your primary language, you are not very comfortable with English, or if you speak, read, and write your native language most of the time. The program consists of four levels and the student is assigned a level based on the results of his or her placement test.
  • Mathematics Placement Tests
    There two mathematics tests available – Algebra Readiness and Intermediate Algebra. The Algebra Readiness test will help you determine if you have the necessary skills to be successful in the algebra courses. The Intermediate Algebra test will help you determine if you are ready for transfer level mathematics courses. Choose the test that most closely matches the last mathematics course you took.
Accuplacer

We use an online placement assessment test known as Accuplacer. Testing is generally done on a walk-in basis in the Assessment / Testing Center on campus. Some colleges may require appointments for testing. Contact the Assessment/Testing Office on campus for details.

Download the Testing Tips for Taking ACCUPLACER Math and English Placement Tests to find out what you need to know before taking the tests.

Understanding the Results of the Placement Tests

Depending on the tests you take, you will receive a skill level from 10 to 50 in one or more of the following:

  • Reading (R)
  • Writing (W)
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) (L)
  • Math (M)

Your test results will look something like this: R50, W30, L20, M40. Use the following tables to determine what classes you are eligible to take based on your skill level:

Reading (R)
Reading Skill Level Eligible Courses
R30 English 042 or 47a
R40 English 048
R50 English 101 (Reading)
Writing (W)
Writing Skill Level Eligible Courses
W30 English 043 or 47a
W40 English 049
W50 English 101 (Writing)
ESOL (L)
ESOL Skill Level Eligible Courses
L19 ESOL 019
L20 ESOL 020, 021, 022
L30 ESOL 030, 031, 032
L40 ESOL 40 *
* At L40 skill level, you have the option to take the English test for native English speakers.
Math (M)
MathSkill Level Eligible Courses
M10 Math 034a, 033
M20 Math 038
M30 Math 046, 047a, 092
M40 Math 084, 085, 096, 098
M50** Math 104, 107, 116, 118, 210A
** M50 is the minimum level of proficiency in math for baccalaureate transfer level courses.
Course Sequence Charts

Review the Course Sequence Charts to determine the proper sequence of courses to take based on your assessment skill levels.


C. Student Education Plan (SEP)

During orientation, your counselor will assist you in developing a Student Education Plan (SEP) for your first semester in College. The SEP is an important tool to assist you in successfully attaining your goals without wasted time and effort. The SEP is an agreement which contains the official requirements for graduation and/or transfer. The SEP typically lays out a program of study for a four or six semester period. These plans allow you to determine how long it will take to complete a program of study and to be sure that all program requirements can be met within a particular period of time. Education plans may be changed. Students should review their plans periodically with a counselor and be revised as goals or objectives change.

Registration

Once you have completed the above 4 steps you are ready to enroll in class. Go to the Registration page for information on how to proceed.


Student Guide to College

The Student Guide to College provides the detailed information you need to know while attending college. It includes information on admissions, fees, registration, wait-lists, changing classes, grades, financial aid, parking permits, books, contact information, other resources and more.

Download the Student Guide:

Fall 2014 Student Guide to College

Summer 2014 Student Guide to College

The guide does not replace the information found in the college catalog and schedule of classes. Each student is responsible for knowing the information provided in the college catalog and schedule of classes pertaining to student rights and responsibilities, instructional programs, enrollment, fees, transfers, degree requirements and the policies and procedures of the San Diego Community College District. You may download a copy of the college catalog or purchase a copy in the bookstore.


College Catalogs

CITY COLLEGE MESA COLLEGE MIRAMAR COLLEGE
2014-2015 Catalog
2014-2015 Addendum
  2014-2015 Catalog
2014-2015 Addendum
  2014-2015 Catalog
2014-2015 Addendum

Class Schedules

Go here to view the class schedules for upcoming terms: Online Class Schedule

This online version of the Class Schedule displays new classes, cancellations, and changes after the printed schedule has been distributed. Students can search for classes by academic subject, time and day, or key words.


HONORS PROGRAM

The Honors Program serves self-motivated and qualified students by providing exceptional and intense learning experiences in classes that are usually highly interactive. The Honors General Education Core Curriculum consists of a group of courses already approved for transfer to campuses of the University of California and the California State University. In this curriculum, students encounter a range of historical, technical and cultural points of view.

The emphasis on interactive classroom settings, critical thinking, library research, strong writing skills, group presentations, and critiques anticipates the rigor and intensity of the university experience. At the same time, the personal attention extended by committed and caring professors, counselors and classmates guarantees a supportive atmosphere.

For more details and the list of Honors classes, download the Honors Program below.

Fall 2014 Honors Program Information

Please note there is no Honors Program during the Summer.

For more information contact the Honors Program on campus or visit the college websites:

CITY COLLEGE MESA COLLEGE MIRAMAR COLLEGE
Honors Program
619-388-3512
Honors Program Website
  Honors Program
619-388-2341
Honors Program Website
  Honors Program
619-388-7532
Honors Program Website