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The San Diego Community College District serves approximately 100,000 students annually at its three, credit colleges, San Diego City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and seven campuses of San Diego Continuing Education.

The colleges offer associate degrees, and Continuing Education and the colleges offer career technical certificates that prepare students for transfer to universities and/or career pathways with higher paying jobs. In addition, Mesa College now offers a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management as part of California’s Baccalaureate Pilot Program.



Schedule of Classes

Financial Aid

California College Promise Grant (CCPG) Application

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.

College About Programs Student Life Campus Map
San Diego City College Logo About City College City Degrees & Programs Student Life at City City Campus Map
San Diego Mesa College Logo About Mesa College Mesa Degrees & Programs Campus LIfe Mesa Campus Map
San Diego Miramar College Logo 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.



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.

Admissions Office
Office L-110
Admissions Office
Office I4-102
Admissions Office
Office K1-207


Steps for Admission

Download the Quick Guide to Admission & Registration:

Fall 2018 Quick Guide to Admission & Registration

Spring 2019 Quick Guide to Admission & Registration


Step 1 – Apply for Admission

Apply by the Deadline

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

Visit the Application page for deadlines. Only ONE application is required to apply for City, Mesa and Miramar College.


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.


2018-2019 Catalog
2018-2019 Addendum

2018-2019 Catalog
2018-2019 Addendum

2018-2019 Catalog
2018-2019 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.

Counseling Office
Office E-2 
Counseling website
Counseling Office
Office I4-303
Counseling website
Counseling Office
Office K1-203
Counseling website

 For more information go to SDCCD Evaluations.


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)

The goals of the Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) are to ensure that all students complete their college courses, persist to the next academic term, and achieve their educational objectives through admissions, orientation, assessment, educational planning with a counselor, and student follow-up.

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.

First Year Services Office
Office L-112
First Year Services Website
Testing Center
Office I4-201
Testing Center Website
Assessment Office
Office K2-108 
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.

Students are strongly urged to take the assessment tests seriously. Take advantage of preparatory workshops, refresher courses, practice exams and tutoring services prior to taking the assessment tests.

  • English assessment tests may be retaken after 1 year.
  • Math assessment tests may be retaken after 1 year. Students who want to retest in math earlier than 1 year must take a refresher session/workshop/course or advancement exam.


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, ACT, EPT, ELM or EAP test taken within the past two years. Students should bring or send official copies of their SAT, ACT, EPT, ELM 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 within the past 2 years.

Test Minimum Score Required
SAT - ENGL 500
SAT - MATH 560
EPT 151
ELM 50
EAP English and/or Math College-Level Ready
Conditionally College-Level Ready does
NOT meet the criteria

EAP status can be determined using a CAASPP Student Score Report.

Overall CAASPP Score EAP Status
Standard Exceeded English and/or Math College-Level Ready
Standard Met Conditionally College-Level Ready*

*Students with Conditionally-Ready status can obtain College-Ready status by taking an approved English and/or math course in high school and earn a grade of ‘C’ or better during their senior year.


High School English Courses: High School Math Courses:
  • Expository Reading & Writing Course (ERWC)
  • AP Literature/Composition
  • Weighted Honors English
  • IB English
  • Trigonometry
  • Math Analysis
  • Pre-Calculus or Calculus
  • AP Calculus AB or BC
  • AP Physics
  • AP Statistics


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 Language Acquisition - ELAC)
    The ELAC Program, formerly known as ESOL, 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 are 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.
    Choosing the Right Math: Fact Sheet



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 ranging from 10 to 50 in one or more of the following areas:

  • Reading (R)
  • Writing (W)
  • ELAC (English Language Acquisition, formerly known as ESOL) (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 LCOM 101 (R), English 042 or 047a
R40 English 048
R50 (and W50) English 101 (Reading)

Writing (W)

Writing Skill Level Eligible Courses
W30 LCOM 101 (R),English 043 or 047a
W40 English 049
W50 (and R50) English 101 (Writing)


ELAC Skill Level Eligible Courses
L19 ELAC 015 or ELAC 015 & 016 (formerly ESOL 019)
L20 ELAC 023, 025 or ELAC 023, 025 & 026 (formerly ESOL 020, 021 & 022)
L30 ELAC 033, 035 (formerly ESOL 030, 031 & 032)
L40 * ELAC 045 (formerly 040)

* 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

An education plan is an important tool to assist students in successfully attaining their goals without wasted time and effort. Counseling and career planning services are available to help students make informed choices concerning the programs and courses available.

The education plan is an agreement which contains the official requirements for graduation and/or transfer. All official transcripts of prior college work must be on file and evaluated before an official education plan can be prepared. Transcripts from foreign institutions are not required.

Education plans outline a suggested pathway for a student to take based on their major, transfer plans or other pertinent objectives. These plans allow students 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. The student should review their education plan periodically with a counselor as goals or objectives change.

Career, interest and aptitudes assessments are available for students who wish to explore other options or who are undecided on their educational goal.


Step 5 – Register for Classes and Pay your Fees

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

All mandatory fees must be paid by the deadline as stated in Reg-e or you will be dropped for non-payment, this includes the mandatory student health services fee for all students.


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 2018 Student Guide to College

Spring 2019 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

2018-2019 Catalog
2018-2019 Addendum
2018-2019 Catalog
2018-2019 Addendum
2018-2019 Catalog
2018-2019 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.



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 2018 Honors Program Information

Spring 2019 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:

Honors Program
Honors Program Website
Honors Program
Honors Program Website
Honors Program
Honors Program Website


Student Support

The colleges offer many services to help students succeed. Below are just a few of the services offered:

  • Counseling Services - provides academic advising (occupational and transfer) and career and personal counseling
  • Learning Services - provides high-quality academic tutoring to help students excel
  • Transfer Success Programs - offers resource information about attending the four-year university of your choice
  • Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) - offers access to a variety of specialized support services and assistive equipment to assist students with disabilities to more successfully participate in regular programs and activities
  • Interpreting Services - provides communication access accommodations for deaf and hard-of-hearing students
  • Extended Opportunities Programs & Services (EOPS) - provides State-funded student support services program for educationally disadvantaged students

For details on these and other services, go to Student Support.