FAQ

  1. How do I get started?
  2. Do I have to see a counselor to register for classes?
  3. What will a counselor do for me?
  4. How do I get a counseling appointment?
  5. Am I assigned a particular counselor?
  6. What kind of degrees can I get at SDCCD?
  7. If I get an associate degree can I automatically transfer to a four-year college?
  8. Can I get help filling out an application for transfer to a four-year school?
  9. How can I sign up for the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program?
  10. How can I transfer from SDCCD to a 4-year college?
  11. Are there certain classes in which I cannot enroll?
  12. Do I have to have an assessment before I enroll in any classes?
  13. How many units must I take to be considered full-time?
  14. How do I get off Probation/ Disqualification?
  15. What do I do after sending in my transcripts?
  16. I've been out of school a longtime... can I make it at SDCC?
  17. I didn't graduate high school, can I still go to SDCC?
  18. How can I find out about careers?
  19. Is there a time limit for completion of a Degree or Certificate?

1. How do I get started?

Matriculation – Your stages to success: A partnership between the student and the college to help a student successfully navigate the system.

  • Fill out and turn in an application. You can pick up an application at the Admissions offices Room A112, or visit www.sdccd.edu. There is no application fee.
  • Take the Accuplacer assessment
  • Attend a new student orientation - call Counseling :619 388 3540 for your appointment.
  • Register for classes according to your priority.
  • Make an appointment to see a counselor- 619 388 3540 to plan and review your goals.

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2. Do I have to see a counselor to register for classes?

Counselors do not register students for classes or "sign-off" on a student's program. You will meet with a counselor during the orientation process. At that time, the counselor will assist you in selecting classes. It is recommended that you consult with a counselor on a regular basis to develop an educational plan, career counseling and personal counseling as it relates to your academic progress.

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3. What will a counselor do for me?

A counselor is there to provide a student with support. Since student success is our goal, we meet with you as requested to discuss your education and life goals. We will assist you with your career choices. We will facilitate both academic and personal success in students. Together you and a counselor may develop an educational plan, work on semester by semester planning, discuss problems resulting in academic disqualification, probation etc. The counselor can make referrals for additional support services. Also, you may discuss with a counselor any personal situation, which may affect your academic progress.

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4. How do I get a counseling appointment?

You can call 619 388 3540 or visit the Counseling office Room A110, to set up an appointment with a counselor. You may also set up an appointment online via this website. You must have all your transcripts and assessment score on file and evaluated before you will be given a counseling appointment for an educational planning. If your appointment is for career or personal you must say so when making the appointment. Understand that if your appointment is a career appointment or personal appointment, generating an education plan will not always be possible with missing transcripts. It is recommended that you see a counselor at least once a semester.

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5. Am I assigned a particular counselor?

A student may request to have an appointment with any counselor. Once you have seen a counselor you can continue requesting to see that particular counselor. Some students are required to see certain counselors if they are in particular programs, or receiving financial aid.

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6. What kind of degrees can I get at SDCCD?

SDCCD grants two kinds of degrees and several certificates: the Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS) degrees, and a Certificate of Achievement in various vocational/technical majors. The two degrees require completion of a major, general education and district requirement courses. The Certificate requires completion of a major only.

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7. If I get an associate degree can I automatically transfer to a four-year college?

Yes and No. If you complete all the lower division general education courses necessary to transfer to a CSU or UC, and complete 60 units, you will earn a transfer studies associate degree. Two year college vocational degree programs leading to associate of science degrees, are designed to prepare students for employment, and generally, do not lead to transfer. It is a good idea to speak with a counselor in order to determine which degree program is best for you.

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8. Can I get help filling out an application for transfer to a four-year school?

Yes. The Transfer Center holds application workshops each semester to review the application process and timelines. For quick questions, it is possible to see a counselor on a walk-in basis.

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9. How can I sign up for the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program?

City College has several admission guarantee programs with many of the UC and CSU universities in California. Because they all have their own individual criteria, it is important that a student; visit the Transfer/Career center when seeking information. After visiting the Transfer center, students are usually much more informed about the programs, then it is important to make an appointment with a counselor to pursue the matter further. Some TAG programs requires students to attend a workshop before signing the agreement.

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10. How can I transfer from SDCCD to a 4-year college?

SDCCD transfer courses are the equivalent of CSU's and UC's freshman and sophomore classes, as well as those of most private and out-of-state colleges and universities. If you follow the recommended transfer program, SDCCD will certify your completion of Lower Division General Education requirements for all CSU campuses in the state or all Lower Division Breadth requirements for UC campuses. Talk with your counselor about general education transfer patterns.

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11. Are there certain classes in which I cannot enroll?

There are required prerequisites for some classes. A prerequisite is previous background or course completion that is required before entry into another class. You must have completed the prerequisite at a SDCCD campus or submit evidence of meeting the prerequisite elsewhere, in order to register for the class.

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12. Do I have to have an assessment before I enroll in any classes?

It depends. There are some courses that have prerequisites; you cannot register for them unless you are able to demonstrate that you are at the skill level necessary to complete the course. At this campus, many of the math and English courses have prerequisites. The assessment score is one way to demonstrate readiness for those courses.

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13. How many units must I take to be considered full-time?

A student must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units in fall or spring term to be considered a full-time student. Fifteen units is the usual load for students who wish to complete the AA degree in two years (four semesters).

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14. How do I get off Probation/ Disqualification?

Probation is the warning phase prior to a student being disqualified. When a student is put on probation it is due to either a lack of progress (not completing more than 60% of all your classes) or your overall GPA falls below a 2.0. Probationary students are encouraged to meet with a counselor for assistance and guidance. When you are disqualified for the first time you are required to meet with a counselor. At the City campus first time disqualified MUST attend an academic success workshop before you are allowed to enroll in classes.

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15. What do I do after sending in my transcripts?

It is the responsibility of the student to request that their transcripts be evaluated for course equivalency. Call (619 3883540) or visit the Counseling Office, Room A110, and a counselor or staff person will submit a record adjustment form, which will be forwarded to the evaluators.

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16. I've been out of school a longtime... can I make it at SDCC?

You will find a lot of students on campus, in both the day and evening programs, who are coming back to school so they can work toward new careers, improve job skills in their current careers, achieve new goals. SDCC has courses ranging from basic skills in math and English to advanced career programs and university-level transfer classes. In addition, we have free tutoring available for many courses. Also counselors are available to assist students who are returning to school and may require the necessary support in order to succeed.

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17. I didn't graduate high school, can I still go to SDCC?

Anyone who is at least eighteen years of age may attend SDCC, regardless of high school status. If you are younger than eighteen, you may attend with approval of your high school principal or your independent study coordinator. Concurrent enrollment forms for high school students are available in the Admissions Office.

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18. How can I find out about careers?

All the counselors are able to help you explore careers and the information that goes into career choice. Counselors can teach you how to investigate careers, compare them with your own abilities and interests and how to make career and goal decisions. In addition, the Counseling department offers career interest tests and the resources of the Transfer/Career Center.

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19. Is there a time limit for completion of a Degree or Certificate?

There is no time limit for completion of these requirements. We are aware that many of our students work full-time, care for a home and children, and are unable to complete their program within two years.

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