Become a Student

Begin Your College of Alameda Experience

Welcome, and congratulations on choosing College of Alameda as the first step toward your future. We’re excited to welcome you to our Community of Excellence and to support your academic journey. Whether you’re the first in your family to attend college, you’re exploring future career options, or you’re a returning student seeking to advance your career, you’ll find what you need here to achieve your goals.

To learn how to apply to the College and enroll in classes, simply select from the tabs below.

Before applying, you will need to create an OpenCCC Account, allowing you to access California Community Colleges’ secure web applications. If you don’t already have one, it takes just a few minutes, and can be completed here

new-student-admissions_03If you’re new to college – whether you’re a recent high school graduate, you’ve completed your GED, or you graduated from high school a while ago, start here. You’ll need to complete a simple series of steps to apply for admission, complete orientation and assessment, and enroll in classes.

If you have previously attended College of Alameda, but have not enrolled in classes here or at our sister colleges (Laney College, Merritt College, Berkeley City College) for a semester, you will need to re-apply.

College of Alameda is pleased to welcome international students from over 50 countries to study on our campus. If you are an international student who would like to study abroad at College of Alameda, please visit the Peralta Colleges website to learn more.

To take online classes at College of Alameda from your home country, please visit the Peralta Colleges Distance Education website for directions on how to enroll.

If you’re a high school or pre-high school student, you may enroll at College of Alameda (CoA) as a special part-time student, in accordance with California Education Code.

Enrollment must be recommended by your principal with parental consent, and approved by the CoA Dean of Admissions & Records. If your high school counselor recommends that you enroll in more than six units, you must also have the approval of the CoA Vice President of Student Services.

The College of Alameda dual enrollment program gives the opportunity and avenue for high school students to get a jump start into college. Giving the student a rare opportunity to gain both high school and college level credit at the same time. For some students it may be an additional option other than taking AP or IB courses to achieve college credit in both the academic and vocational pathways. This program is a true win-win for the high school, parents, and most importantly the students. For high school administrators or personnel interested in providing dual enrollment courses on your campus please contact the Office of the Associate Dean of Educational Success at (510) 748-5255.

Fees & Financial Aid

At College of Alameda you’ll get a high quality education at an affordable price. Our fees are a small fraction of what you’d pay for the same classes at a private college or university. But did you know that financial aid is also available year-round? If you qualify, it can help you pay for enrollment fees and other college costs like books and supplies.

Our Financial Aid office offers free one-on-one help to help you apply for financial aid and identify the plan that’s right for you. Don’t let the cost of education stand in the way of your brighter future. Learn more today.