Frequently Asked Questions

  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 university?
  8. Can I get help filling out an application for transfer to a university?
  9. How can I sign up for the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program?
  10. How can I transfer from SDCCD to a university?
  11. Are there certain classes in which I cannot enroll?
  12. Do I have to take an assessment exam 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?
  20. Where do I send official transcripts from outside institutions?
  21. Where do I send AP scores?
  22. How do I get my AP scores?
  23. Can I clear a prerequisite online?
  24. What is a Learning Community?
  25. How do I register for a Learning Community?

1. How do I get started?

Visit the New Students Start Here website for information on the "Steps to Success"; this matriculation process is required for all new students.

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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 Student Success Day OR a New Student Educational Planning workshop. At that time, the Counselor will assist you in developing an abbreviated 2-semester education plan.  It is recommended that you consult with a Counselor on a regular basis for academic, career, and personal counseling as it relates to your educational progress.

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3. What will a Counselor do for me?

A Counselor is there to provide students with advocacy, support, and guidance. Since student success is our goal, we meet with you to discuss your career and educational path as well as your life goals. We will assist you with researching and identifying possible career and major choices. We will facilitate both academic and personal success in students. Together you and a Counselor may develop a career plan, research various career industries, develop an education plan to fit your career path, work on a semester by semester plan, and discuss problems resulting in academic probation or disqualification. The Counselor can make referrals for additional support services. Also, you can discuss with a Counselor any personal challenges which may affect your academic progress.  Counselors are not assigned to a caseload or cohort.  You can request a Counselor by name or meet with one who fits your schedule.

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4. How do I make a counseling appointment?

You can call 619 388 3540 or visit the Counseling Department in building E-2 to set up an appointment with a Counselor. You may also schedule a Live E-Appointment (online counseling) by visiting the Online Counseling website.  You must have all your transcripts and assessment scores on file and evaluated before you will be given a counseling appointment for an educational plan. If your appointment is for career or personal counseling you must say so when making the appointment. Understand that if your appointment is a career appointment or personal counseling 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 person. Some students are required to see certain Counselors if they are in particular programs,  such as the EOPS , MESA and Puente.

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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.  Please visit the Academic Programs website for specific information. 

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7. If I get an Associate Degree, can I automatically transfer to a university?

Yes and No. If you complete all the lower division general education and major preparation courses necessary to transfer to a CSU or UC, and complete a minimum 60 units with a 2.0 grade point average, you may earn an Associate degree in the same (or related) major or earn a degree in Liberal Arts and qualify for transfer.  There are, however, vocational degree programs leading to Associate of Science degrees, which are designed to prepare students for employment.  These degrees 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 university?

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.   Please visit the Transfer Services website for more information, stop by room M-101, or call them at 619.388.3722.

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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 several University of California (UC) campuses.  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 yet it is still recommended to make an appointment with a counselor to pursue the matter further.  You can also get more information by visiting the Transfer Services TAG webpage.  

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10. How can I transfer from SDCCD to a university?

SDCCD transfer courses are the equivalent of CSU's and UC's freshman and sophomore level 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.  You will also be required to complete major preparation courses before transferring.  If you plan to transfer to a CSU or UC, information on these requirements can be found on the ASSIST website.  Talk with your counselor to learn more about the various general education transfer patterns, major preparation requirements, or specific transfer requirements for a private or out-of-state university. 

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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 take an assessment exam 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.  You do not have to take the assessment exam at City College If you have assessment results from a different California Community College, taken within the last 3 years, or if you have already completed a college level math and/or English course at an accredited college.

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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 attend an Academic Success Workshop before you are allowed to be reinstated and register for 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 619-388-3540 or visit the Counseling Department, building E-2, to submit a Transcript Evaluation petition.

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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 18 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 a career choice. Counselors can teach you how to investigate careers, compare them with your own abilities and interests and how to make career decisions. In addition, the Career Center provides various online Career Assessments to help you get started with the career decision making process.

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

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

Once the transcript is received you must submit a Request for Transcript Evaluation at the Counseling Department in building E-2. You will be notified when the evaluation is complete. Allow up to 30 days.

You can find more information at the district’s Student Web Services website.

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21. Where do I send AP scores?

An official copy of your Advanced Placement results from the College Board must be submitted to the Records office, room L-110. Once submitted you will be able to request an evaluation of your results to received credit. To obtain credit, students must be currently enrolled and working toward an Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement. A maximum of 30 cumulative units may be granted for acceptable scores on any combination of standardized tests.

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22. How do I get my AP scores?

You can request an official copy of your scores by visiting the College Board/AP website.

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23. Can I clear a prerequisite online?

Unfortunately no. You must present a copy of your official or unofficial transcript to a counselor in order to clear a prerequisite. You can meet with a counselor during a walk-in session or schedule an appointment. Call the Counseling Department at 619.388.3540 or stop by building E-2 for more information.

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24. What is a Learning Community?

A Learning Community (LCOM) is a set of courses linked together at enrollment. In a Learning Community, the instructors are coordinating their instruction, and the students develop friendships and peer support within the cohort because they are taking the same classes together. The advantage to a Learning Community is it fosters teamwork and bonding, both in the instruction and learning. Sometimes, a Learning Community block is designated for a specific student population so please check the course details to see if there are limitations on enrollment.

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25. How do I register for a Learning Community?

You can search in the class schedule under “Learning Community” to find these sections. If you register for a Learning Community, you will use one Course Reference Number to enroll in two or more classes in a block format. The classes are linked, so you cannot register for only part of the LCOM. You must enroll in all the courses (usually two) in that block, so your schedule has to be open in those designated time slots. As an example, a LCOM 051B will consist of English 48 and English 49 in a block for six units, and you will use one CRN to register for both.

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