New Students Start Here

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STEP 1:  Apply for Admission before the application deadline FOR EACH TERM at: L-109

  • Apply for Admission via the ONLINE APPLICATION;click on "Application for Admission".  The Admissions Office in room L-109, 619.388.3475, has computers available for students to apply on-site.
  • Submit Prior College Transcripts/Test Scores (this does not apply to all students)
    • Request official Standardized Test Scores such as AP/IB scores and/or transcripts from all schools attended after high school, even if prior credits do not appear relevant or if units were taken years ago. Academic credit may be available.  Send to:  
    • San Diego Community College District, 3375 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92108-3883
    • Verify that your transcripts have arrived by calling or visiting the Records Office- L-110 or by calling at: 
    • 619-388-3474.  
      Once all transcripts have arrived, fill out a "Request for Transcript Evaluation".
    • Transcripts are not evaluated until you make the request and all transcripts have been received.

STEP 2:  apply online for financial aid

STEP 3:  View and complete the Online new student Orientation  

  • Go to   it takes about 90 minutes to complete, but you can log out and log back at a later time to finish; the system automatically saves your progress
  • IMPORTANT:  Log in as a student with your CSID number (not as a guest)
  • Print or scan/save the last page to verify completion and bring to your assessment appointment.
  • L-113 has computers for students to use to complete the Online New Student Orientation

STEP 4:   Take the English and Math Assessment tests (if applicable)

    You must complete the Online Orientation and submit proof of completion before taking the assessment test.
    • Sign up for an assessment appointment by calling the Assessment Office M-205 at (619) 388-3023
    • BE PREPARED! View Accuplacer sample questions and other tips at:
    • Check out the City Assessment Video, "Stick Together" at: for more on the importance of testing.
    • TESTING ALTERNATIVES- If one of the following applies to you, you are not required to take the assessment test:
    • If you have taken assessment in the past 2 years at a California Community College, bring a copy to the Counseling Office-E Bldg, 619-388-3540.
    • Show proof of prior College level, coursework with passing grades in Math or English, or achieve a qualifying score on certain test.  For details visit:
    • Click on New Students tab, Assessment, Section B. "Past Educational Achievements in Math and English" 

    STEP 5:  First Counselor Contact & Education Planning

    • ATTEND STUDENT SUCCESS DAY (Designated for students with NO prior College experience)
    • if this is your first time in College, you will participate in the SUCCESS DAY and will meet with a Counselor to plan your first semester of classes.
    • To schedule an appointment call the Assessment Office M-205 at (619)388-3023.     
    • ATTEND NEW STUDENT EDUCATION PLANNING SESSIONS:  (Designed for students with prior College experience)
    • Students with prior College experience ONLY will attend a New Student Ed Planning Session. 
    • To schedule an appointment call Counseling Office E-Bldg, at: 619-388-3540. Bring your unofficial transcript. 
    (seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis)

    STEP 6:
     Register, pay for your classes AND GET AN OFFICIAL COLLEGE ID CARD

    • You will receive an email with your assigned registration date & time. Classes fill quickly so don't delay!
    • Register online using the Reg-e registration website at:
    • You are responsible for ensuring that ALL feesincluding the Health Fee (which is not covered by the BOG waiver)are paid in full by the deadline or you will be dropped for nonpayment.  Pay online via Reg-e or in person at The Accounting Office, room B-203.
    • L-113 has computers available for students to register on site.
    • Once you have registered and paid fees, visit The Admissions Office in room L-109 or L-111 to get your official College ID card.  Be sure to bring a valid government-issue photo ID with you.
    • Your first College ID card is free, there is a $5 charge for replacement cards that must be paid up front at  the Accounting Office B-203.