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Community Colleges

The California Community College System is the largest system of higher education in the world with 110 campuses. Community colleges offer a smooth transition to a four-year institution.

For many students, the community college offers a quality lower-division academic or vocational college education at value prices.

Programs include:

  • Associate degree programs in arts and sciences

  • Certificate programs in arts, sciences, technical, and occupational fields

  • Credit and non-credit classes

  • English training

  • Citizenship classes

  • Remedial or "catch-up" classes

  • Community education classes

For more information on the California Community Colleges, visit www.cccco.edu.

Pros to Community College Including TAG Programs


HOW TO APPLY:

San Diego Mesa College/City College/Miramar College:

Students need to complete all 5 steps (in order). Clairemont offers workshops for students to go through the entire process with Community College reps.

1. Apply online

2. Apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.gov by March 2nd. (Not mandatory but highly recommended)

3. Complete the online orientation

4. Complete the Math and English assessments

5. Create a Student Education Plan. Students are encouraged to meet with Community College Counseling. Workshops available.

6. Registration for classes

7. Pay for classes by deadline

We encourage all seniors who think they might attend to complete this process!

Grossmont College: Students should follow these 5 steps to apply to Grossmont College:

1. Apply online

2. Apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.gov by March 2nd (Not mandatory but highly recommended)

3. Complete the online orientation

4. Complete the Math and English assessments

5. Create a Student Abbreviated Education Plan. Workshops available.

6. Register and Pay for classes


TRANSFERRING TO A FOUR-YEAR INSTITUTION:

It is extremely important for students who are considering transferring to work closely with their community college counselors at the time of admission to discuss this goal. If you know the specific campus or major you want to target, you will be more successful in transferring courses. Students should balance their course load by taking both general education courses and lower division courses in their proposed major. In addition, many community colleges offer transfer guarantee programs for specific universities.

Refer to the college catalogue of the institution you wish to transfer to and check transfer requirements. Visit the web-based ASSIST student transfer information system for more information about the transfer process.

Admissions officers look at several factors, including:

  • Completed transferable coursework.

  • A college GPA of 2.0 (for CSU) or 2.4 (for UC). Some impacted majors and campuses may require a higher GPA.

  • Whether or not you are in "good standing" at your last college.

  • Some campuses also require you to complete certain English and math courses with a grade of "C"or higher.

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