Out of Area Students


Santa Barbara City College
attracts many students from throughout the state and the nation, as well as a large number of international students. We recognize the goals of today's students are as diverse as the students themselves. Whether you are looking to begin your college career as a new freshman, or have completed college coursework at another institution and want to explore SBCC, we can guide you toward achieving your goals. City College also offers programs and services for a diverse international student population, representing over 60 countries from around the world. City College continues to expand its online course offerings, designed to meet the demands of busy students.

Applying
There is no application fee required to apply to City College. Students are encouraged to complete their application several months prior to the start of their desired semester. This will allow for processing and give students the best choice of available testing and orientation times. Students may submit a paper application directly to Admissions & Records, or apply online. After your application is processed, you will be sent materials regarding assessment testing and orientation. Please ensure that you have a current mailing address on file with Admissions & Records. Questions concerning residency status should be directed to Admissions & Records. Applyonline now!

Assessment Testing
Most new freshmen who plan on completing an Associate's degree, or transferring to a four-year institution will need to complete assessment testing prior to course registration. If you have completed college level work in English or mathematics or have taken Advanced Placement (AP) exams in English or mathematics, please contact the Assessment office to discuss credit. Assessment testing will give you actual course placement; the higher you score, the less coursework you will have to complete to achieve your goal. To view dates and times of assessment testing for the next semester, visit the Assessment Home page.

Orientation
Students will receive their test results at a corresponding orientation session. Academic counselors will discuss placement results, discuss general education and transfer patterns, and help students choose first-semester courses. After Orientation, students will be allowed to register for courses. For long range academic planning, students should contact the Counseling department to schedule an individual session with an academic counselor.

Housing
Santa Barbara City College does not provide on-campus housing for students. However, there are a number resources available to students seeking housing in the area. Our Office of Student Life maintains housing listings for students in need of accommodations, or those individuals looking for roommates. The Office of Student Life also maintains online housing lists. The office can also provide you with listings of current rentals and referrals to local property management companies. There may be limited spaces available in the Tropicana Gardens residence hall. This is a privately owned facility, primarily serving students at the University of California. Information regarding this property, including requirements and deadlines, should be directed to the facility. Students or parents with further questions can contact the City College Office of Student Life directly at (805) 965-0581 ext. 2262.


New Freshmen
Students from out of the Santa Barbara area who are not familiar with the City College campus are encouraged to take a Campus Tour. Campus tours are conducted by current knowledgeable students, and many of your pre-enrollment concerns will be addressed. We will be happy to provide you with a list of local discounted accommodations for your visit. If you have any questions about enrolling at City College, you may contact Student Outreach & Orientation at (805) 965-0581 ext. 7222 or contact us online. This section will answer many of your concerns as an out-of-area student. New Freshmen will want to pay particular attention to completing their application early, registering for required assessment tests in English and mathematics, attending Orientation with our academic counseling staff, and securing housing.

All new students must complete an Application to the College. Depending on a student's goal, there may be other steps prior to registration in classes. Once an application is received, the student will receive a packet of information from Admissions & Records outlining the appropriate steps to enrollment.

NEW TRANSFERS and RETURNING STUDENTS
Students transferring to Santa Barbara City College from another institution or returning to City College must file an Application for Admission and will be given a registration appointment. New Transfers are encouraged to see an academic counselor and have their transcripts of previous college work on file for evaluation. Assessment may be required if English and math prerequisites have not been met. See Assessment Testing for detailed information.

Returning Students are not required to attend an Orientation and Advising session, but are encouraged to make a counseling appointment prior to course registration.

All new students must complete an Application to the College. Depending on a student's goal, there may be other steps prior to registration in classes. Once an application is received, the student will receive a packet of information from Admissions & Records outlining the appropriate steps to enrollment.

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