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Degree Application

Quick View: Download an SBCC Degree Application Form (PDF). Follow the instructions below or on the form.
Online Degree Application Video (Tutorial and Tips)
When can I apply?
How do I know if I am eligible to apply?
DARS Tutorial Video
How do I apply?
What are catalog rights?
When can I apply?
You may apply for a degree or certificate once all requirements have been fulfilled or if all requirements will be fulfilled by the end of the current semester.  The priority filing period for summer 2014 begins June 23, 2014. The priority filing period for fall 2014 is September 8 to October 23, 2014. The priority filing period for spring 2015 is February 2 to March 26, 2015. In order to be included in the 2014-15 commencement brochure all applications for summer 2014, fall 2014 and spring 2015 degrees, must have been filed no later than March 26, 2015. If you apply for and earn your degree or certificate summer 2015, your name will be included in the next year's commencement brochure (2015-2016). Be sure to check out the quick Degree Application Video.
How do I know if I am eligible to apply?
Have you attended other colleges?
If yes, then you must consult with an SBCC Academic Counselor.

Is SBCC the only college you have attended?
If yes, then log on to your Pipeline account and run a DARS U-Achieve report and check out this Tutorial Video on how to use DARS. You will need to identify the catalog year for each degree(s) or certificate(s) for which you will be applying. Your choice of catalog year must be within your catalog rights. Your DARS U-Achieve report considers and applies current semester "in progress" (IP) course work. If your  DARS U-Achieve report  says  on page one that "All Requirements Have been Met"  you are eligible to apply. The report may include "In-Progress Course"  work. Do not select "Include Planned Courses" when running a DARS U-Achieve Report. If all requirements have not been satisfied according to DARS and you believe you are eligible, contact an academic counselor. Be sure to check out the quick Degree Application Video.
How do I apply?
If you have attended other colleges you will need to meet with an academic counselor to have external coursework officially evaluated. Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended need to be on file with the SBCC Admissions & Records Office.  Your academic counselor will assist you in evaluating your external coursework and with filing the degree and/or certificate application(s).  

If you have only attended Santa Barbara City College then:
Download an SBCC Degree Application Form (one for each degree or certificate for which you are applying), fill out the student portion of the application(s),and Run and attach a DARS U Achieve report for each degree or certificate for which you are applying and submit the paper work to the Academic Counseling Center located in the Student Services building, SS-120. Be sure to check out the quick Degree Application Video.
Or meet with an SBCC academic counselor to assist you with filing the degree or certificate application(s).
What are catalog rights?
Santa Barbara City College students may graduate under the General Education and Department requirements in effect at the time of first enrollment, as long as continuous enrollment is maintained; or under the requirements in effect from the time continuous enrollment is established and maintained; or under the requirements in effect at the time of graduation. Continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment in both Fall and Spring semesters through the first census each academic year. For purposes of determining catalog rights, the catalog year begins with the Fall and goes through the following summer session. A student who requests an exception to this policy may submit a Petition for Waiver of College Regulations to the Scholastic Standards Committee for consideration. Exceptions may include an interruption or loss of catalog rights due to extenuating circumstances and/or hardship. Extenuating circumstances are verified cases of accidents, illnesses, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student. Be sure to check out the quick Degree Application Video.

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