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 Getting Started

 
Summer 2014 Registration tentatively is scheduled for the first week in June  for new students who have completed steps 1-4
 
Classes fill up quickly so be sure you're ready!
 
Transfer Students
 
If you have attended another college and are NEW to COD, you will need to meet with a counselor to verify prerequisites and possibly waive orientation and the assessment test, even if you have submitted official transcripts to Admissions & Records.
 
 
ALL NEW STUDENTS MUST ATTEND ORIENTATION BEFORE RECORDS ARE ACTIVATED FOR REGISTRATION
You are a new student if you have never attended college
The California Community College Chancellor's Office is requiring all community colleges to move to their Community College Common Admission Application that has been upgraded for a more user friendly environment.  You will see a notable question that is a result of AB620, this new admission application will collect information regarding the sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression of students that students may choose to provide.  To address privacy concerns all responses
  • will be voluntary
  • will be kept private and secure
  • will not be avalable to admissins personnel
  • will be used only for summary demographic reporting

The aim of AB620 is to learn as much as colleges can about who their students are so that the appropriate support services can be provided and to help shape a campus climate that is responsive to students' diverse needs.

Step 1: Complete the online Application
* Note- International Students on an F-1 visa: International students cannot apply online and must complete a separate application in order to attend College of the Desert.  Please click here for application materials and specific admission information for international students.

Click on the APPLY tab above. Allow two hours to complete the application

Allow 24 - 48 hours after you complete the application to receive your student ID

Step 2: Login to the Student Portal.
Click on the MyCOD tab above.

Follow the instructions to set up your username and password. REMEMBER YOUR PASSWORD!!
Step 3: Complete the Assessment Test
Click on the ASSESMENT tab above to schedule an appointment.

Take the time to prepare; the results of this test will determine your English, Reading, and math placement.
Step 4: Sign up for new student orientation
An event you won't want to miss!  Either Friday, January 10 or Monday, January 13 from 8 to 4:30. Lunch provided.

Click on the ORIENTATION tab above to make your reservation.
Step 5: Counselors are available
Call 760-773-2521 to make an appointment

Step 6: Apply for Financial Aid
Click on the FINANCIAL AID tab above to complete the free application.
Step 7: Register
Registration for new students who have completed the application, assessment, and orientation begins January 14 at 9 AM.
Step 8: Pay for your classes
You have three days including the day you registered to pay.


 

 1. Apply

 

 Step 1. Complete Online Application 

Please make sure to read the important information below before you complete the Online Admission Application.

Note-International students on an F-1 visa must complete a separate application in order to attend
College of the Desert- click here for application materials and specific admission information for international students.

The California Community College Chancellor's Office is requiring all community colleges to move to their Community College Common Admission Application that has been upgraded for a more user friendly environment.  Additionally, you will see a notable question that is a result of AB620, this new admission application will collect information regarding the sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression of students that students may choose to provide.  To address privacy concerns all responses

  • will be voluntary
  • will be kept private and secure
  • will not be avalable to admissins personnel
  • will be used only for summary demographic reporting
The aim of AB620 is to learn as much as colleges can about who their students are so that the appropriate support services can be provided and to help shape a campus climate that is responsive to students' diverse needs.
 
Because this is a NEW admission application environment you will be required to 'create' an account.  The previous admission application user name and password are no longer valid.

WHEN to SUBMIT AN APPLICATION:       

 If you want to enroll for SUMMER OR FALL 2014 and

  • You SUBMITTED an application AND completed courses in  summer or fall 2013 or after  DO NOT REAPPLY
  • You DID NOT submit an application or attend courses in  summer or fall 2013 or after        YOU MUST REAPPLY

 RESIDENCY INFORMATION:
Residency determination is made in accordance with the information provided by the student on the admission application.

  • You will be sent a notice to the email account provided on the admission application when you have been classified as a non-resident. 
  • You must complete and submit the Residency Questionnaire along with the required documentation, by or before
    May 14, 2014 for summer
    July 14, 2014 for fall
    Jan. 14, 2014 for spring 2015

To allow time for a decision before the start of the term.  Non-resident fees must be paid when students do not take the steps to submit the required Residency Questionnaire and documentation by the established deadline.

New Students:

If you are new to College of the Desert please complete the online Admissions Application by clicking on the link above. 

If you have attended another college or university please order transcripts from your other college/university to be sent to College of the Desert.  College of the Desert prefers to receive transcripts from other colleges electronically. 

 
If you have attended another college and are NEW to COD, you will need to meet with a counselor to verify prerequisites and possibly waive orientation and the assessment test, even if you have submitted official transcripts to Admissions & Records (your transcripts must be on file prior to meeting with a counselor).

  • Apply for the correct term.
  • After applying wait 48 hours to activate your @MyCod Student Portal- your Student ID Number will be emailed to your C.O.D email account.
  • You may also retrieve your Student ID Number by logging into your @My Cod Student Portal then into WebAdvisor-Student Profile
  • Follow all of the Getting Started Steps to ensure you register ON-TIME
    ALL NEW STUDENTS MUST ATTEND ORIENTATION BEFORE RECORDS ARE ACTIVATED FOR REGISTRATION

Returning Students:

  • Apply for the correct term.
  • If you have changed your name since you last attended, complete your application under the old name on your student records.  You may submit a Change of Information online via the @MyCod Student Portal-AR Forms.
  • Verify that the Student ID Number is the same as when you previously attended.
  • Your records will be activated for registration within three business days AFTER you reapplied.

  Concurrent Enrollment

  • Students currently enrolled in high school may be eligible to attend C.O.D.
  • The Concurrent Enrollment Application that includes instructions is found on the Admissions webpage

Dual Enrollment

  • Students currently enrolled in high schools that participate in the Dual Enrollment Programs may be eligible to attend C.O.D.
  • Students should visit their respective High School Counseling Office for information.

 International Students

  • International students on an F-1 visa must complete a separate application in order to attend College of the Desert. 
  • Please click here for application materials and specific admission information for international students.

 Other Important Information You Should Know Before You Apply

  Providing Your Social Security Number: Your Social Security number must be accurate to ensure the integrity of your permanent record. It is used as a means of identifying records pertaining to students and to facilitate financial aid.
Additionally:

  • The Social Security number is required to claim tax credits for higher education costs known as the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and Lifelong Learning Credit in accordance with the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997.
  • This information may be provided to the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges for purposes of evaluating, auditing, and improving state education programs under California Law (Chapter 1458, stats. 1985).
Your information is protected by secure transmission and by the provisions of our privacy policy
 
FINANCIAL AID: IMPORTANT TIPS TO PREVENT DELAYS
·         Include your CORRECT Social Security Number (SSN) when prompted on the application. If entered incorrectly -WILL DELAY your financial aid award!
·         Select a major; not selecting a major WILL DELAY your financial aid. If you are not sure what major or goal to select- STOP NOW and visit the Counseling Center before completing this application.             
     CHOOSING A MAJOR:
·         You must select a major. Use the drop down menu to select the major you are interested in.
 
If undecided, visit the Counseling Center BEFORE you apply to College of the Desert.

 * Note- Students must submit the admission application well before the term begins and before the Application Deadline found on the term dates page found in the schedule of classes to request a Residency Determination in accordance with state regulations.

 

 

 

 2. MyCOD.

 

Step 2. Login to MyCOD

Click the link below to be redirected to the instruction page for logging into your student portal.

http://collegeofthedesert.edu/pages/mycod.aspx

Once you login in as a first time user you will change your password to something you remember. 

*It is very important that you change your password to something you will REMEMBER*

TIP: Be prepared to print out or save to a folder on your PC-the challenge questions for future reference.


 

 3. Assessment

 
Step 3. Schedule an Assessment Appointment

All non-exempt students must have their skills evaluated prior to a counseling appointment or registration.

General Information

Who Takes the Assessment Test

Sample Questions & Practice

Appointment Information

Assessment Preparation Presentation

 


 

 

 

 4. Orientation

 

Step 4. Attend Orientation

Orientation for Spring 2014 New Students is Friday, January 10, 2014 or Monday January 13, 2014 from 8 to 4:30.

Orientation provides an interactive session on how to choose a major, assistance with developing a student education plan, and introduction to programs and services available to COD students, an overview of COD policies and expectations, and hands on instruction on how to register for classes.

Orientation also includes a tour of the campus, a behind the scenes look at Admissions and Records and Financial Aid, lunch with your new colleagues, and a chance to preview some of the clubs and activities available to COD students.

Orientation is mandatory for all new students.

Students who attend one of the all day sessions will receive Priority Registration clearance beginning January 14 at 9 AM.

Students who miss the scheduled orientation sessions will not be able to register until January 16 at 3 PM and will be required to participate in orientation before attending a second semester at College of the Desert.
 
 
If you have attended another college and are NEW to COD, you will need to meet with a counselor to verify prerequisites and possibly waive orientation and the assessment test, even if you have submitted official transcripts to Admissions & Records (make sure your transcripts have been received and are on file).
 
Orientation Exemption
 
You may be exempt from orientation if:
  • You are a new COD student who plans to take less than six semester units.
  • You have completed orientation at another college.
  • You have already attained an AA degree or higher.
If you qualify for an exemption, complete a Matriculation Exemption Form.  For more information, contact COD Counseling Center at 760-773-2521.
 
 
 
 

 5. Counselor

 
Step 5. Meet with Counselor

New students will create a student education plan during orientation.
Make sure you have your high school or previous college transcripts on file prior to meeting with a
counselor.

Counselors are available for follow up.

Call 760-773-2521 to schedule an appointment
 

 6. Financial Aid

 
Step 6: Apply for Financial Aid


All students should apply for federal student assistance by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA, including students applying for the BOG Enrollment Fee Waiver for  California residents.


 

 7. Register

 

Step 7: Register For Classes

You may register for classes only after steps 1-6 have been completed.

You must have your MyCOD login name and password.

Students who attend one of the all day sessions will receive Priority Registration clearance beginning January 14 at 9 AM.

Students who miss the scheduled orientation sessions will not be able to register until January 16 at 3 PM and will be required to participate in orientation before attending a second semester at College of the Desert.

The class schedule is available online. (Click HERE to view the class schedule for Spring 2014)

Printed schedules may be purchased from the bookstore for $1.99.
 

 

 8. Pay

 

Step 8: Pay Fees

All fees are due three (3) days from the day you register.

Payments are made online using WebAdvisor.

A fee schedule is available on the Bursar's website.
 
 

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