In 2013 changes to priority registration were made throughout the California Community college system that will help students get the courses they need to meet educational goals. Priority registration is designated specifically for students who enroll in SBCC for the purpose of a degree or certificate attainment, transfer to a four-year college or university, or career advancement. Therefore, students who have completed orientation and assessment, developed an education plan, declared a major and maintained good academic standing will be granted higher priority for registration.
Admissions & Records notifies students of their registration dates by posting the date and time in the student’s campus Pipeline account 2 weeks prior to the start of Priority Registration. Specific dates and times are determined by: Student type (Continuing, New, Returning etc.), Education Goal, Support Programs (DSPS, EOPS, Foster Youth, Veterans, CalWorks), Academic Standing and completed course units (0-99).
Enrollment priorities are defined in Administrative Procedure 5055
|Spring 2015 Start Dates||Group|
||Eligible* Veterans, Foster Youth, DSPS, EOPS and CalWorks|
|Eligible* Student Athletes|
|Eligible* Continuing Students who are not on academic or progress probation for two consecutive terms nor have earned 100 or more degree applicable units|
|November 20||Eligible* Currently Enrolled First Semester students who are not on academic or progress probation for two consecutive terms nor have earned 100 or more degree applicable units|
|Eligible* New to College students who are local high school graduates, except those with an educational goal of Personal Enrichment, who have met Local High School Seniors Priority Enrollment requirements|
|December 3||Eligible* New to College students who have completed orientation, assessment, and advising, including a student education plan|
|December 8||New Transfer and Returning Students, except those with an educational goal of Personal Enrichment, who have met pre-registration requirements and who are not on academic or progress probation for two consecutive terms nor have earned 100 or more degree applicable units|
|December 12||Students with an educational goal of Personal Enrichment and/or those students who have lost their priority enrollment**|
|December 15||Open Registration, including Dual Enrollment Students|
* Eligible is defined as having completed orientation, assessment and developed education plans.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I lose my priority registration privilege?
Priority registration is lost when you have been on academic and/or progress probation for two consecutive semesters, or when you accrue more than 100 completed units of degree applicable coursework – accumulated from SBCC only (In progress units ARE included)
What is academic probation?
A student is placed on academic probation when s/he has attempted at least 12 semester units and s/he earns a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0. Priority registration is lost when a student earns a cumulative GPA below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters.
What is the new rule regarding the 100 degree applicable units limit?
Students who accumulate more than 100 degree applicable units will lose priority registration. (In progress units ARE included)
Is this a new rule from Santa Barbara City College?
Yes. This is a new law which all community colleges in California must follow.
Does this 100 Degree applicable units limit and academic probation rule apply to all continuing students, including Veterans, DSPS, EOPS and CalWorks?
Yes. Academic probation and unit limits will be applied to all student groups, including Veterans, DSPS, EOPS, CalWorks. (Foster Youth exempt)
Can I lose enrollment priority after one semester at SBCC?
No. Academic probation does not begin until you have completed 12 units of credit.
Do all credits get counted in the 100 degree applicable unit limit?
No. Only degree applicable units earned at SBCC count toward the 100 unit limitation. Degree applicable units are courses at SBCC that are numbered 100 or higher.
Will my transfer units count from another college or university?
No. Units from courses taken at another college are NOT counted within the 100 unit limit. Only degree applicable units earned at SBCC are counted towards the 100 unit limit.
Are “Ws” counted in the 100 degree applicable unit limit?
No. The 100 unit limit applies only to the units you have earned. Withdrawals (W's) and incompletes (I's) will not count towards the 100 units.
Do units in progress count toward the 100 degree applicable units?
Yes. Units currently in progress, the classes you are currently taking, are counted in the total.
Where can I find the number of degree applicable units that I have completed?
Students can obtain this information by running a Degree Audit Report available through MAP (My Academic Planner), which is located in Pipeline under the Course Planning Panel. If you are enrolled in classes, the Course Planning Panel is located under the CLASS tab. If you are not currently enrolled, it is located under the SERVICES tab.
What if I am in a high unit major, or had an illness at the end of the semester that affected my grade?
An appeals process is available for all students who lose enrollment priority due to extenuating circumstances that can be verified (accidents, illness, or other circumstances beyond the student’s control), or who are in a verifiable high unit major.
How can I appeal my loss of priority registration?
A student may appeal the loss of priority enrollment due to extenuating circumstances, or where a student with a disability applied for, but did not receive reasonable accommodation in a timely manner. Extenuating circumstances are verified cases of accident, illnesses or other circumstances beyond the control of the student. In addition the college may exempt and consider high unit majors.