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Cypress College's Fall Semester Begins August 26

August 23, 2013 — 7:20 p.m.


Below is some important information, along with some helpful tips, and links to more detail to help you get off to a great start this semester.

Of course, if there is something you'd like to know, you may want to visit our Facebook page or on Twitter.

IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE:

The single-most-important piece of information we can share is this: don't miss the first class meeting.

This has always been important. It's even more important given the high demand for classes we're experiencing.

FALL 2013 PRE-SEMESTER CHECKLIST:

Our Student Support Services team has put together an excellent pre-semester checklist that's worth having a look at.

WAITLISTS AND PETITIONING:

If you're on a waitlist, it expires at midnight on the day the class begins. That means that on the first day a class meets, there's no longer a waitlist.

Instead, the list is included in priority order on the instructor's roster as a tool to help faculty with the petition process.

So, if you're on a waitlist, you'll need to attend the first class meeting in hopes of obtaining an add code. Likewise, if you're petitioning a class, you'll want to arrive early to the first class meeting. Since your name isn't on the roster or the waitlist, you'll want to let the instructor know before class that you're petitioning.

FINDING CLASSES:

There's a feature on our website called "Find Classes." The guide is intended to help you successfully find — and enroll in — courses.

"Find Classes" offers an FAQ, definitions, and instructions (along with screen captures) on how to effectively use the searchable class schedule.

As you use this version of the schedule, be sure to click on the CRNs in the search results. Doing so will provide more detail about the course — including important prerequisite, corequisite, and advisory information. For instance, did you know that any student can enroll in a Dental Assisting course, but will be dropped if you're not an applicant of that program?

Since you don't want to be dropped, this is something to pay attention to.

PAYING FEES:

Fees are due upon registration.

There's a short grace period to permit registration online and payment in person or by mail.

Delaying payment — even if it's waiting for financial aid — could result in being dropped from all of your classes.

FINANCIAL AID:

The most-common question I get from students is: "When will my financial aid arrive."

The good news is that question can be answered with a few clicks (or taps, if you're on a mobile device).

Check out our "Fall 2013 Financial Aid Disbursement Information" guide.

Here is some additional, financial aid related information:

    •  BOGW Application Process

    •  Financial Aid TV

    •  DREAM Act Resource Page

    •  And, of course, the most-important financial aid link: MYGATEWAY!

GETTING HELP:

Of course, if you need help with the registration process, of if you're stuck somewhere in MyGateway, we've got friendly staff who can help you out.

Here are some other tips:

mini logo used as a bulletMany questions are answered in our schedule of classes. You can view the class schedule and even use Acrobat's search feature to find the answer to what you're looking for. The document contains a list of offices, their locations and phone numbers.

mini logo used as a bulletWant to know where you're going before you get on campus or even how to get here? View the current map or download a printable version. This page also contains driving directions to the college from the various freeway around the campus.

mini logo used as a bulletMyGateway asks for an "add authorization code" if a class is full. Each instructor is given a list of authorization codes that they may provide to students if they are able to accommodate more people in their class. How (and if) they are used and distributed is completely up to the faculty member. To get into the class, it's most likely that you'll need to attend the first class meeting. Show up early and let the instructor know that you're interested in adding the class if at all possible.

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Twitter is just one of the ways that Cypress College is connecting with our students. We also maintain presences on Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and more. Learn more by visiting the newsroom of our website.

Posted by Marc S. Posner

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