New Student Steps to Success

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, complete orientation and assessment, and enroll in classes.

Apply Online for Admission and Financial Aid

For Admission:

To apply, go to CoA’s application portal.

Then, check you email for the 8-digit

student ID number and password.

For Financial Aid:

Apply for Financial Aid at or in-person at the Welcome Center, located in Building A.

CoA’s school code is 006720

Complete Placement

Placement will help identify appropriate course recommendations for English, Math and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Visit for English & math placement information. Students interested in ESOL should contact the Learning Resource Center (LRC).

Phone: (510) 748-2307

The Learning Resource Center is located in the

L-Building (Library), second floor.



Enroll in Classes

Once you have completed Orientation, Placement, and created an Educational Plan, you are ready to enroll in classes!

To enroll, go to or visit the Welcome Center.

Student Identification Card

Bring a valid picture ID and your current class

schedule as proof of enrollment to the Welcome Center to get your student ID card.

Complete the Online Orientation

  • Go to
  • Print or take a photo of the certificate of Completion for your records.
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students need to complete an in-person orientation.



See a Counselor

  • Placement in a Math/English course
  • Complete your Educational Plan
  • Get your enrollment hold removed

Schedule an Appointment to Meet with a Counselor

In-Person: Welcome Center, A-Building


Phone: (510) 748-2209

The Counseling Department is located in the A-Building.

Pay Your Fees

Go to or visit the Cashier’s Office.

Please note that to avoid your classes from being dropped, pay fees within two weeks after the semester starts.