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First-Time College Student

You are a first-time college student if this is your first time attending any college.
Future Students – Steps to Getting Started handout

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

Cerritos Complete is our official California College Promise Program that provides free tuition for the first year of college to high school seniors from our local school districts – ABC, Bellflower, Downey, Lynwood USD, Norwalk-La Mirada and Paramount Unified. Visit this website for additional benefits, requirements, and more.


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 (Step 3).

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

Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Access the 4 Easy Steps to Cash to apply. If you are not a citizen and qualify for AB 540 status, submit a Dream Act Application.

Apply by March 2 to be considered for Cal Grant B & C.


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 the requirements, SRT schedule, and more information.


New students are required to complete Orientation before enrollment. There are two ways to schedule an in-person orientation, by phone or online.

1.   Phone: You may call the Counseling department 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.

Please bring unofficial/official high school and/or college transcripts to the Orientation Workshop. When additional assistance is needed prior to enrollment, counselors are available on a stand-by (walk-in) basis in the Counseling Department.
If you cannot attend an Orientation in person, you can participate in the Online Orientation to complete the requirement.


After receiving your enrollment appointment through MyCerritos, you may enroll online at MyCerritos on or after your scheduled time.

Be sure to pay all fees. Students who receive financial aid must follow the same fee schedule when paying lab fees, Cerritos College Student Activities (CCSA) fee, and the Health fee. Failure to pay your fees on time will result in being dropped and/or waitlisted.


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. Join Cerritos College counselors in an Educational Planning Workshop. 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 30-60 minutes in duration. Counseling appointments are designed to help you create your own personal education plan identifying the classes you need to take in the next 2 to 3 semesters.

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 (562) 860-2451, Ext. 2335.

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