New Student Steps to Success

If you’re new to college – whether you’re a recent high school graduate, you’ve completed your GED, or you graduated from high school a while ago, start here. You’ll need to complete a simple series of steps to apply for admission, and enroll in classes. Also, don’t forget to apply for financial aid to help pay for college!

Need Help?

For help with applying to the college or registering for classes, please visit a drop-in zoom session: Tue, Wed, or Thur from 11am-2pm or call 510-748-5236

Video How-To/Resources

You can find How-To’s for applying, registering, and other resources on our Prospective Students page

Virtual Enrollment assistance

Additional questions? Join us during a scheduled Virtual Enrollment Hub – a one-stop drop-in to get help from Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, Counseling, and other services

Interested In Becoming A Student?

1. Apply

Apply Online For Admission

Create or sign in to your openCCC account in order to submit an application. See below for resources available that can help guide you with the application process.

For Concurrent Enrollment Students:

Concurrent enrollment students will need prior permission from their high school Counselor and submit the High School Special Enrollment form in order to enroll into courses at CoA.

High School Special Enrollment Form & Instructional

2. Complete Placement

Place yourself into the right Math and English/ ESOL courses

    • For English/Math Placement:

3. Meet With A Counselor

Meet with a Counselor to plan your classes, and create a Student Educational Plan that will help you reach your educational goals sooner.

Schedule a Counseling Appointment

Need to clear a pre-requisite? Fill out the Pre-requisite Clearance document, attach a copy of your unofficial transcripts and email alldocuments to

4. Enroll Into Classes

Log in to your Student Campus Solutions portal to enroll into classes. See below for resources that can help you navigate the portal.

5. Apply For Financial Aid

Check in with the Financial Aid Department to make sure your financial aid is in order or if you have any questions.

Still need to apply? See below for resources.


6. Contact Us

Have questions? Need additional assistance?

Please call (510) 920-9818. Our call center will direct you to the right department.