CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Why do students choose community college?
Affordability – Students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree can significantly lower the cost of earning the degree by taking the first two years of a university program at a community college. Community college students are eligible for financial aid.
Personalized Attention – Community colleges offer a student‐centered approach with smaller class sizes and more one‐on‐one time with instructors.
Career and Educational Path Exploration before committing to a four‐year university
School- Life Balance and the ability to work while attending school. Classes are offered in the evenings, on weekends, and online.
Professional Certificates – Community Colleges provide professional and short‐ term certificates in many fields, including information technology and electronics. Students can be job‐ready within two years or less.
Transfer Agreements with select UC, CSU, and private colleges campuses for qualified students
A Second Chance at Their First Choice Four‐Year University – Students who were not accepted into their first‐choice school after high school can apply to transfer after having completed the necessary coursework at a community college.
Community colleges most attended by St. Michael's Prep Students
Irvine Valley College (IVC)
Orange Coast College (OCC)
Santiago Canyon College (SCC)
California Community Colleges (CCC) offer three programs:
Two‐year degrees: A.A. or A.S. Designed for students who want to earn a college degree with a focus, whether to achieve a personal or career goal or in preparation for transfer to the University (UC), California State University (CSU), or a private / out‐of‐state university.
Certificate programs in a variety of career interests
Transfer program to four‐year colleges. In addition, California Community College students are offered guaranteed admission to select UC and CSU campuses if requirements are met. Visit the following websites for more information:
UC Transfer Admissions Webpage:
UC Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) Webpage:
The California State University Transfer Webpage:
The California State University Transfer Admissions Agreement (TAA) and Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) Website: ‐agreements.shtml
*For information about transferring to private and out‐of‐state colleges, please refer to the college or university website.
Matriculation (Enrollment) Process Generally Begins December 1:
Step 1: Application
All students who are at least 18 years old or a high school graduate are eligible to enroll in community college. Students who apply early are offered priority registration for classes.
Step 2: Orientation
Step 3: Math/English Assessment
Step 4: Counseling/Advising, First Semester Plan, Educational Services
To begin the application process, visit the CCC Apply website: . The site provides links to each college’s admissions webpage.
Streamlined Registration IVC and OCC offer incoming freshman the opportunity to complete their assessment, parent orientation, financial aid workshop, campus tour, and advisement with the development of an abbreviated academic plan all in one day. Visit the schools’ websites for more details:
IVC Fast Fridays OCC Freshman Priority Registration ‐Priority‐Registration.aspx
All CCC campuses offer honors programs. See the school’s website for details.
OCC: Santiago Canyon College:
*Two of the most popular transfer agreements available to IVC Honors Program members are UCLA’s “TAP” and UCI’s “Honors to Honors” programs. Visit the website for more information: ‐uci.aspx
Additional Career Exploration Websites:
California Career Café (Virtual career center for CA community college students): Career Zone California (California Career Resource Network):
Orange County Community Colleges - Career Programs Matrix
This publication from the California Community Colleges outlines various career pathways that students can pursue at our local community colleges.
APPLYING TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Community Colleges have programs that offer benefits to incoming freshman who apply early! Check out the flyers below for more information and apply ASAP!