New Student Steps to Success

If 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, and enroll in classes. Also, don’t forget to apply for financial aid to help pay for college!

Interested in becoming a student?


1. Apply 2. Complete Placement 3. Meet with a Counselor
4. Enroll into Classes 5. Apply for Financial 6. Contact Us @ (510) 920-9818


See below for help with each step!

Apply online for admission

Create or sign in to your openCCC account in order to submit an application. See below for resources available that can help guide you with the application process.

Video Tutorial – How to create an open CCC account Application Instructional PDF – Part 1

Application Instructional PDF – Part 2

Live one-on-one assistance with a staff member via Zoom:

Tue, Wed, Thur from 11:00am – 2:00pm

For Concurrent Enrollment Students:

Concurrent enrollment students will need prior permission from their high school Counselor and submit the High School Special Enrollment form in order to enroll into courses at CoA. 


High School Special Enrollment Form & Instructional


Place yourself into the right Math and English/ ESOL courses

Meet with a Counselor to plan your classes, and create a Student Educational Plan that will help you reach your educational goals sooner.


Schedule a Counseling Appointment Need to clear a pre-requisite? Fill out the Pre-requisite Clearance document, attach a copy of your unofficial transcripts and email alldocuments to

Log in to your Student Campus Solutions portal to enroll into classes. See below for resources that can help you navigate the portal.

Student Campus Solutions Portal Video Tutorials – Add/Drop, Accessing Transcripts, Financial Aid, & More
Live one-on-one assistance with a staff member via Zoom:

Tue, Wed, Thur from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Learn how to use Student Campus Solutions to add classes, update your profile, and more

Check in with the Financial Aid Department to make sure your financial aid is in order or if you have any questions.

Still need to apply? See below for resources.

FAFSA Application Portal Video Tutorial – How to Apply to FAFSA (First Time)

Video Tutorial – How to Apply to FAFSA (Renewal)

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CA Dream Act Application Portal Video Tutorial – How to Apply to CA Dream Act (First Time) Financial Aid Workshops with FA Staff:

Wed & Fri from 11:30am – 1:00pm

Have questions? Need additional assistance?

Please call (510) 920-9818. Our call center will direct you to the right department.