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 Getting Started

 
Winter 2017 Intersession and Spring 2017 Semester Registration will begin in November for new students who have completed steps 1-6
 
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 COMPLETE 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 available 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.

Step 1: Complete the online Application
(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.  Get your 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 COD student ID number.

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid
          Click on the FINANCIAL AID tab above to complete the free application.

Step 3: Log Into MyCOD.us

         Click on the MyCOD.us tab for instructions.                

Step 4: New Student Orientation

The New Student Orientation is available online from your WebAdvisor account. if you have any questions, please call 760-773-2521.

Step 5: Complete the Assessment Test (after you receive your COD student ID number)

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 6: Attend the "My First Schedule" workshop

Step 7: Register

Registration for students with an assigned registration priority date. Registration priority is assigned to students who have completed the application, assessment, and orientation or who have an approved Matriculation Exemption Request.

 Step 8: Pay for your classes

You have three (3) days, including the day you registered, to pay.
 

 1. Apply

 
​​We are NOW accepting applications for our Winter 2017 Intersession and Spring 2017 Semester.

Step 1. Complete Online Application

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

​(International students on an F-1 visa must complete a separate application in order to attend College of the Desert. Get your 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 available 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 are a new student or you have applied for a previous term but never taken courses, YOU MUST APPLY
  • If you are a current student enrolled in the current semester or attended the previous semester, YOU DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY.
  • If you are a returning student who missed only one (1) Fall or Spring semester, you will NOT NEED TO REAPPLY.
  • If you are a returning student who 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 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
    January 11, 2017, for Winter Intersession or Spring semester in order 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 COD email account.
  • You may also retrieve your Student ID number by logging into your @MyCod Student Portal, go to WebAdvisor then click on Student Profile.
  • Follow all of the Getting Started Steps to ensure you register ON TIME. ALL NEW STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE ONLINE 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. Click on 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 (3) business days AFTER you reapplied.

Concurrent Enrollment:

  • Students currently enrolled in high school may be eligible to attend COD.
  • The Concurrent Enrollment Application that includes instructions is found on the Admissions web page.

Dual Enrollment:

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

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, it 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 in the schedule of classes to request a Residency Determination in accordance with state regulations.

 

 2. Financial Aid

 
Step 2: 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.

 

 3. MyCOD.us

 

Step 3: LOG INTO MYCOD.US

Students will register for classes, access their student email and other important student information via the Student Portal.

Please note that your account will be created 24-48 hours after you have applied. 


 
 

 4. Orientation

 
Step 4: ORIENTATION
 
Orientation is mandatory for all new students.
 
The online orientation is available through your WebAdvisor account. 
 
WebAdvisor
WebAdvisor
Orientation with arrow to link
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 courses for personal development, not to earn a degree or certificate.
  • 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. Assessment

 

Step 5: Schedule an Assessment Appointment

The Accuplacer computerized placement test is used for assessing student skills and is part of the State required multiple measures placement process for new students at College of the Desert.

Assessment testing measures a student's general skill levels in math, reading and writing.

COD counselors use the results of this test, along with other information such as transcripts from other schools to help students enroll in appropriate courses.

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
 

 6. My First Schedule

 

Step 6: My First Schedule

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New College Students

After completing the Application, Online Orientation, and Assessment all students who are new to college must attend a My First Schedule workshop.

The workshop will last for two (2) hours.  Please arrive 10 – 15 minutes early and bring your “MyCOD” Username and Password.

During the workshop we will discuss your educational goals, review your assessment results, plan your classes and demonstrate how to register for classes.

 

 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.

The class schedule is available online.

 
 

 8. Pay

 

Step 8: Pay Fees

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

Payments may be made online using WebAdvisor or at the Bursar's office.

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

 9. Counselor

 
Step 9: Meet with Counselor


New students will meet with a counselor during the My First Schedule workshop.
 
For a follow up, students can 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.