Steps to Student Success

Student Success and support program

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

The San Diego City College Student Success and Support program is designed to help you in planning, choosing, and achieving your educational goals. This process includes Assessment, Orientation, and a Student Education Plan.

The steps for success are:

  • Admission
    Apply to the college online.  Once you have completed the application and have received your College Student ID number (CSID), continue with the next steps.

  • Orientation
    New students must complete the online orientation before taking the assessment test and registering for classes at the college.  The orientation provides important information to students about the programs and services available at the colleges, as well as strategies for student success. 

  • 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 go through assessment and orientation unless they already possess an associate degree or higher.

  • Education Planning with a Counselor
    A counselor will assist you in developing a student education plan for your first semester in college. Contact our First Year Services department to schedule a group semester planning session before your first semester begins. 
    Later in the semester, schedule an appointment with a counselor to develop your comprehensive education plan.  Your education plan, created with the help of a counselor, is your step-by-step guide to meeting associate degree and/or transfer requirements. Career exploration services are available for students who are undecided on a major.  
  • Registration 

More information can be found in our Student Guide to College.