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​How to Become a College of the Desert DSPS Student

To help you get started as a DSPS student at College of the Desert, please complete the New Student or Current Student checklist below. If you need assistance, contact Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) at (760) 773-2534 or dspsinfo@collegeofthedesert.edu.​

Checklist for New COD Students​ and Incoming High School Students Applying for DSPS​

  1. Application for Admission - (760) 773-2516. I have completed the College of the Desert application online. The application may take up to two (2) business days to process.

  2. Student ID Number - I have received my COD Student ID via email after completing the COD application. If you are a new student, you should receive your student ID number within two (2) business days of applying. If you do not receive it, please call (760) 773-2521 for assistance.

  3. Log into MyCOD - I have logged into the MyCOD portal as a “First Time Login".

  4. Forward MyCOD Email to Personal Email - I have forwarded my COD email to my personal email. Please see instructions on How to forward your College of the Desert email to your personal email (opens word).

  5. Online Orientation - (760) 773-2521. I have completed the Online New Student Orientation. Log into WebAdvisor, once you are logged into the “Student Menu,” find the “Orientation Link” located under the Orientation section.

  6. PlEDGE/EDGE- I have completed the EDGE/plEDGE application online (optional).

  7. Financial Aid - (760) 773-2532. Required for all plEDGE/EDGE students. I have completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or California Dream Act Application.

  8. Placement - I have read the guided self-placement information online. To receive additional guidance about placement in English, English as a second language, reading or math, I can speak with a counselor.

  9. Verification of Disability - (760) 773-2534. I have emailed DSPS copies of my disability documents and/or medical records related to my disability(s). Examples include the most recent testing, psychological, triennial report, IEP, 504 plan, audiological report and/or doctor’s verification. The Disability Verification Form (opens pdf), if applicable, is to be completed by a licensed professional and emailed to the DSPS office.

  10. High School Transcripts - If available, please also email DSPS a copy of your unofficial high school transcripts.

  11. Schedule Intake Appointment with DSPS Counselor - (760) 773-2534. I have scheduled my intake appointment with a DSPS Counselor. Once you have completed steps 1 through 10, you are ready to schedule your appointment.

  12. Attend DSPS Intake Appointment - (760) 773-2534. I have completed my intake appointment with a DSPS Counselor.

  13. Select your Major and Classes - I have watched the My First Schedule Workshop and chosen courses for my major and/or general education goals.

  14. Learn how to use Web Advisor for Registration - I have viewed the How to Register for Classes video. I have practiced using WebAdvisor.

  15. Registration Date - I have viewed “My Registration Information” in WebAdvisor to learn my day and time.

  16. Registration - On your priority registration date, enroll in the classes you have selected. I have viewed the How to Register for Classes video in WebAdvisor. For deaf and hard-of-hearing students with approved accommodations for ASL interpreting or closed captioning services - immediately after you have registered for classes, please contact the Communication Access Specialist, Tina Sirimarco.

  17. Pay Fees - I have paid my fees online using WebAdvisor within 3 days of registering for my classes. PLEDGE students and students receiving financial aid will not have to pay.

  18. Faculty Notification Letter - (760) 773-2534. I have obtained my Faculty Notification Letter from DSPS and provided a copy to my instructor(s).

  19. Buy Your Books - COD Book Store - I have purchased or rented my textbooks.

  20. Attend Classes - I will go to class the first day it meets or check in on Canvas for online courses. I should contact the professor to be considered for my “wait list” classes if I would like to add them. I will get an add code for my wait list courses. Add Permit Code Instructions Video

  21. Counseling Follow Up Appointment - (760) 773-2534. I will meet with a DSPS Counselor once per semester to discuss my progress and continue to develop my Student Education Plan (SEP) to map out my future academic goals.​

Checklist for Current COD Students Applying for DSPS

  1. Verification of Disability - (760) 773-2534. Email DSPS copies of your disability documents and/or medical records related to your disability(s). Examples include the most recent testing, psychological, triennial report, IEP, 504 plan, audiological report and/or doctor’s verification. The Disability Verification Form (opens pdf), if applicable, is to be completed by a licensed professional and emailed to the DSPS office.

  2. Schedule Intake Appointment with DSPS Counselor - (760) 773-2534. Once you have provided your disability documentation to DSPS, you are ready to schedule your appointment.

  3. Attend DSPS Intake Appointment - (760) 773-2534. Complete your intake appointment with a DSPS Counselor.

  4. Counseling Follow Up Appointment - (760) 773-2534. Meet with a DSPS Counselor once per semester to discuss your progress and continue to develop your Student Education Plan (SEP) to map out your future academic goals.​

Timeline to Become DSPS Student

​In order to qualify for priority registration, steps 1-12 for new COD students and incoming high school students and steps 1-3 for current COD students need to be completed by the following dates:

  • Completed by November 16, 2020 for Winter and Spring 2021 classes.

  • Completed by April 19, 2021 for Summer and Fall 2021 classes.

Differences Between K-12 Education and College

​​Am I Ready for College?

  • Potential students have found our  Readiness Criteria​ (opens pdf) to be very informative as to what the expectations are for students and the baseline skills needed to be successful at COD.​​​​​​​

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