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Registration & Enrollment

Registration Procedures
Registration is the process of becoming officially enrolled in college. At Santa Barbara City College, registration for new and returning students consists of the following steps:

1. Filing an Application with Admissions
Applications may be filed online, by mail or in person with the Admissions and Records Office, Room SS-110, months before you intend to enroll. All new and/or returning students must file an application for admission and be admitted to the college before they may enroll in classes. High school students participating in dual enrollment must file the application for High School Program students each semester of attendance. Official transcripts of all high school and college work are important documents to have on file for proper counseling/advisement.
The application deadlines are August 26 for Fall 2006 and January 20 for Spring 2007.
Select majors and programs with special admission prerequisites. The following programs ALSO require separate applications or have special admission procedures and/or enrollment deadlines:

Honors Program
Marine Diving Technologies
Radiographic & Imaging Sciences/Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Dual Enrollment & Middle College
School of Culinary Arts & Hotel Management

Special Students
For information on the Cosmetology, Esthetician, Manicure, Esthetician or Massage Programs, call 683-4191.
For information on the School of Culinary Arts & Hotel Management, call 965-0581, ext. 2457/2458.
For information on the Marine Diving Technologies Program, call 965-0581, ext. 2426/2992.
For information on the Radiographic & Imaging Sciences, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Nursing programs, call 965-0581, ext. 2366.
For application procedures and information on the Dual Enrollment Program, Middle College or Special Student status, contact Admissions Outreach Services, 730-4450.
When students file their applications with the Admissions and Records Office, they will be given information about the assessment/orientation/advising program. The program is provided to help students succeed in reaching their educational goals.

2. Assessment
When you file your application for admission to the college, you will be given information about the assessment process. First-time-in-any-college students with goals of Associate Degree, transfer, or basic English/reading/math skills are required to be assessed in both Math and English or English-as-a-Second-Language and to attend an orientation/advising session before enrolling in classes. Assessment may include options other than testing. It is important that you read the list of acceptable options for alternatives to testing.

All Students—Prerequisite Assessment Requirement
Many courses at Santa Barbara City College have enforced prerequisites, which are noted in the Schedule of Classes. All students are required to meet prerequisite standards prior to enrolling in any of the following courses: English 60-111, Math 1-150, Psychology 150, and all English-as-a-Second-Language courses. Proof of prerequisite completion may include assessment by testing, as well as options other than testing. It is important that you read the following options carefully for alternatives to testing.

All Students—Skills Advisory Recommendations
In addition to prerequisites, many Santa Barbara City College courses have recommended minimum Math and/or English advisories, which are noted in the Schedule of Classes. Advisories have been established as a means of alerting students to the minimum standards necessary for class success. Enrollment in such courses is recommended for students who have met the eligibility level prescribed.
Assessment tests are given many times prior to registration each semester. Appointment tickets may be obtained in the Assessment or the Admissions and Records offices for paper and pencil exams. Testing is also available in the Assessment Computer Lab on a drop-in basis, without an appointment. Specific test dates and times are listed at the Assessment website,

Options (Testing not required)
Please check the options to assessment listed below, and bring verification to the Assessment Office
(Rm. SS-251) for evaluation prior to enrollment.

(1) AP scores of 3, 4, 5; or 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate English Exam; (2) SATII Writing Test or SAT Reasoning Test, Writing section score of 680 (660 prior to Spring 2005); (3) ACT Combined English/Writing test score of 30; (4) proof of AWPE exam passage at UC, or EPT exam passage at CSU; (5) an equivalent English 110 course (Freshman Composition), with a grade of “C” or better (Note: For out-of-state and private colleges, a catalog course description is required.); or (6) B.A. or B.S. degree.

(1) Scores of 3, 4, 5 on the Mathematics-Calculus AB or BC Advanced Placement Exam; (2) a score of 3 on the Advanced Placement Statistics Exam; (3) transcript or grade report which shows an equivalent prerequisite math course from another college, with a grade of “C” or better (For 4-year, out-of-state or private colleges, a catalog course description is required.); (4) qualifying raw score report from an MDTP math test taken at another college; or (5) elect to begin at the Math 1 (Basic Math) level.

Psychology 150
A transcript or grade report, which shows completion of intermediate algebra, with a grade of “C” or better, at another college is required.

Prerequisite Challenge
A student may petition to challenge a prerequisite based upon (1) knowledge or ability to succeed; (2) prerequisite course has not been made reasonably available; (3) the prerequisite is not valid; (4) prerequisite is discriminatory; and (5) prerequisite was not established in accordance with the college’s process for establishing prerequisites. This petition must be filed 5 days prior to the semester start date.
Students seeking to defer or refuse assessment should contact the Counseling Center, SS-120, for procedures. (Note: Enrollment in the math and/or English classes listed on the preceding pages without assessment is not permitted.)
For additional information about testing, call 730-4149. If you have a verified disability that requires accommodation, contact the Learning Disabilities Specialist, 730-4164, to request alternative test-taking arrangements. For information about the English-as-a-Second-Language test, call Assessment at 730-4149, or the English-as-a-Second Language Department at 965-0581, ext. 2320.

3. Orientation
Orientation is required for all first-time students who have a goal of earning an Associate Degree, developing basic English/reading or math skills, or transferring to a four-year college or university. All other students are strongly urged to participate in Orientation. By participating in Orientation, students will learn about the college’s services and programs, enrollment procedures, and requirements for degrees, certificates and transfer. They will learn how to be successful at SBCC by developing an educational plan of study appropriate to their skill levels and educational goals. Students may elect to complete the online orientation found at or may participate in group sessions scheduled prior to each semester.

4. Counseling/Advisement
Counseling/Advising is required for first-time new students with a goal of earning an Associate Degree, developing basic English/reading or math skills or transferring to a four-year college or university. All other students are strongly urged to participate in counseling/advisement prior to enrolling. Students transferring to the college with units from other colleges are encouraged to attend an individual advisement session for evaluation of prior course work.

5. Enrollment in Classes
Following assessment and orientation/advisement appointments, students will have sufficient information to enroll in classes. Enrollment takes place in the Student Services Building. An enrollment appointment is required. During the first two weeks of the semester (first week in summer), program changes are allowed in the Admissions and Records Office.

6. Paying Fees
All fees must be paid at time of enrollment. Students finding it difficult to pay enrollment fees should go to the Financial Aid Office, Room SS-210—before enrolling. All fees are subject to change without notice.

7. Secure Student Identification Card
The bar coded photo ID card provides access to college services, including computer labs, library and learning resource center, and serves as a student MTD bus pass for those taking classes on the SBCC campus.

8. Class Attendance
The last step of enrollment will be completed upon attendance at the first class meeting. Students who are not in attendance at the first class meeting are considered “no-shows” and the instructor may withdraw such persons in order to give their seats to non-registered students seeking admission. Also, an instructor may withdraw a student from semester-length courses at any time for excessive absence through the 9th week of the Fall/Spring Semesters, and 60% point of the class for Summer and courses less than a semester in length. As a guideline, absence is considered excessive if a student misses three (3) class meetings or the equivalent of one week of class attendance, or according to absence guidelines as published in the course syllabus.
Absence due to a verified illness may be accepted as an excused absence for a limited period of time. Students are expected to notify their instructor by e-mail and/or phone message if they are absent for a medical reason. Students are expected to make appointments for medical and dental treatments at times other than when classes are scheduled. Students anticipating or encountering extended absences due to medical, personal or family emergencies should contact the Dean, Educational Programs – Student Development, Room SS-120,
ext. 2237.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw by completing the proper form and filing it with the Admissions and Records Office. Students failing to drop officially may receive an “F” grade. Further information may be obtained from the Dean, Educational Programs – Student Development, Room SS-120, ext. 2237.

9. Late Registration
Applicants who do not enroll during the enrollment period may enroll in classes during the first two weeks of the semester (first week during Summer Session). Applicants enrolling in this manner will be required to obtain signed add cards from instructors and submit them to the Admissions and Records Office by the published deadline date. An instructor may refuse to admit a late registrant when the total number of class hours missed by the student exceeds the number of hours the class meets in one week; when the work missed cannot be made up; when the class is full; or when normal progress in the course would be impossible or unsafe. Special instructions for late enrollment are available from the Admissions and Records Office.

10. Enrollment Deadlines
Throughout the enrollment process (including class adds and drops), certain deadlines are established. These deadlines are necessary in order to comply with State of California attendance laws and must be complied with by all students. Failure to comply with these deadlines may mean that the student will not be enrolled and will not receive credit for, or be allowed to attend, classes.

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