Re-entry Student

Re-entry student. Near the science building

You are a re-entry student if you are 25 years or older or may have a 3-5 year gap in your education. Visit Re-Entry Resource Program for more information.

You may qualify for a program which offers earlier enrollment for first-time college students--Early Success Program (ESP)! Just complete admissions, assessment, and orientation/counseling by the specified deadline for an earlier enrollment date.

STEP 1:Admission

Admissions and Records, (562) 860-2451, Ext. 2211.

Complete the admission's application by applying online (proof of residence may be required). We recommend having official high school transcripts sent directly to Cerritos College Admissions and Records or submit them to a counselor during an appointment or an Orientation Workshop.

Please visit our Admissions Criteria page to check your eligibility for admissions. If you are undocumented, you may attend Cerritos College and pay in-state tuition if you qualify for AB-540.

Financial Aid and the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW) are available. To apply, follow these 4 Easy Steps to Cash.

STEP 2:Counseling

Counseling Department, (562) 467-5231

Once you have completed your application for admission, you need to schedule an appointment with a counselor to develop an educational plan and determine if you are required to take an assessment test. Stand-by (Walk-in) counseling is also available. Bring transcripts, placement test results and/or other documentation verifying completed coursework when you meet with a counselor.


The Self-Report Tool (SRT) provides students with the opportunity to place into English, reading, math or ESL (English as a Second Language) courses based on their United States high school records. There are two SRTs: one for English/reading/ESL and one for math.

Please visit the Assessment Center for more information, and here is the Self-Report Tool Schedule.

Assessment Testing, 562.860.2451, Ext. 2599.



Counseling Department, (562) 467-5231

After you have taken the assessment placement test(s), you may elect to participate in an in-person Orientation Workshop, as advised by a counselor.

There are two ways to make an appointment, by phone or online.

  1. Phone: You may call the Counseling Department at (562) 467-5231 and schedule an Orientation Workshop that works with your schedule.
  2. Online: You may go online by visiting New Student Orientation to select the in-person workshop that is most convenient for you.
If you cannot attend an Orientation in person, you can participate in the Online Orientation.
Call the Counseling Department to sign-up for an Orientation Workshop. If you are an international student, contact the Office of International Student Services for counseling and orientation information.

STEP 3:Enrollment

Admissions and Records, (562) 860-2451, Ext. 2211

Once you've completed the Orientation Workshop, you will receive an enrollment appointment. This appointment allows you to enroll online via MyCerritos on or after your scheduled time.

Pay All Fees: BOGFW students must follow the same fee schedule when paying lab fees, Cerritos College Student Activities (CCSA) fee, and Health fee. Failure to pay for your fees on time will result in being dropped and/or waitlisted. Payment can be made online through MyCerritos. To view current fees, please visit Admissions and Records Fees.

Important announcements for students.

STEP 4:Counseling

Counseling Department, (562) 467-5231

After getting settled into your first semester, meet with a counselor every semester. Counselors are available to assist you with your educational planning year-round. You are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with a counselor, mid-semester, to ensure that your educational plan accurately reflects your career goal. The appointments are 30 minutes in duration.

That's all there is to it. Congratulations!
Welcome to Cerritos College!

If you need accommodations with any of these activities due to a disability, please visit Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS) or contact them at at 562.860.2451, Ext. 2335

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