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

To help you get started as a DSPS student at College of the Desert, please complete the checklist below for New COD Students and Incoming High School Students. If you need assistance, contact Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) at 760-773-2534 or email the DSPS office (

  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 Office 365 MyCOD portal.

  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 (downloads word document).

  5. Online Orientation - 760-773-2521. I have logged into the MyCOD portal and clicked on the Take the Student Orientation link.

  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 and Application for Services - 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. After your disability verification is sent, please check your COD email for a link to the DSPS Application for Services and complete it online.

  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 - Upon receipt of your DSPS Application for Services, DSPS will contact you to schedule your intake appointment with a DSPS Counselor. Please call 760-773-2534 or email DSPS if you have not been contacted within three (3) business days of submitting your application.

  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 Cleveland.

  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.

    Students who have applied for financial aid may wait until after their applications are processed to pay their fees.

  18. Faculty Notification Letter - call 760-773-2534 or email DSPS. 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 - call 760-773-2534 or email DSPS. 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.