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 Getting Started

 
Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 Registration will be in December for new students who have completed steps 1-5
 
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 ASSESSMENT 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 Student Educational Plan (SEP) Workshop

Click on the above (under Tab 4) link to schedule your appointment.  Any problems, call 760-773-2521.

Step 5: New Student Orientation

New Student Orientations will take place November.  Please go to Step 5.  Any questions, call 760-773-2521.

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 December 15 at 9 AM.
Step 8: Pay for your classes
You have three days including the day you registered to pay.
 

 1. Apply

 
​​We are NOW accepting applications for both our Winter and Spring 2015 terms.

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 admissions 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 WINTER OR SPRING 2015 and

  • you are a new student or you have applied for a previous term but never taken courses YOU MUST APPLY.
  • you are a current student enrolled in the current semester or the previous SPRING 2014 term YOU DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY.
  • you are a retruning student who has missed only 1 Fall or Spirng semester you will NOT NEED TO REAPPLY.
  • you are a returning student what has missed consecutive Fall and Spring semesters you will NEED TO 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 provide don 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
    December 12, 2014 for Winter 2015
    January 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 theStudent 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 informationforinternational 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 torequest 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. SEP

 

 

STEP 4. Student Educational Plan Workshop

SEP Workshops are mandatory for all first-time new students.  You must have completed the Assessment Test before registering for a Student Educational Plan Workshop.  You will meet with counselors who will assist you in planning your 1st two semester schedules. Workshops are two hours long. 

 

If you should have any questions, please call the Counseling Center at 760-773-2521.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 5. Orientation

 

Step 5. Online Orientation

Online Orientation You will be able to register for classes by 10:00am the following morning after completing the orientation
 
Orientation is mandatory for all new 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 (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.
 
 
 
 

 6. Counselor

 
Step 6. Meet with Counselor


New students will meet with a counselor during the SEP Workshop and during the New Student Orientation.
 
For a follow up, students should wait and meet with a counselor during their first or second semester to discuss their progress and create a further Student Educational Plan (SEP) to map out future goals.
 
Call 760-773-2521 if you need further information.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

 7. Financial Aid

 
Step 7: 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 8. Register

 

Step 8: 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 miss the scheduled orientation sessions will not be able to register  until last priority and will be required to participate in orientation before attending a second semester at College of the Desert.

The class schedule will be available online by the end of November. (In November you can
click HERE to view the class schedule for Winter and Spring 2015)

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

 

 9. Pay

 

Step 9: 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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