Prerequisite Challenge Process


City College has established prerequisites and corequisites to ensure that students have the skill level necessary to succeed in a course.

Before your online registration date, please check to see if your class has a prerequisite. Prerequisites must be cleared prior to enrollment. Plan ahead and take care of this as early as possible to avoid waiting in a long lines and possible delays to your enrollment in important classes.

You are automatically cleared if:

  • You are currently enrolled in the appropriate prerequisite course at CCSF
  • You have completed the appropriate prerequisite course at CCSF or have placed into the course with CCSF placement test

If prerequisite course was completed at another college/university, you can challenge the prerequisite by following the below instructions.

  • If your prerequisite is English or Math click here
  • If your prerequisite is a Foreign Language please follow this link
  • If your prerequisite is for Economics or Philosophy please follow this link
  • If your prerequisite is not English or Math, the following steps need to be completed:

1.    Attain a transcript that shows the related course taken at another college and in which you received a "C" or higher grade.

2.   Find the course description from the other college's catalog (usually available on the college website)

3.    Download and fill out a  Prerequisite Challenge Form  (if the prerequisite is not an English or Math course).

4.     Deliver or send via postal service or email attachment to the Department office the following materials:

        a.     Prerequisite Challenge form (please make sure you sign the form)

        b.     Transcript from other college

        c.     Copy of the other college's course description 

5.      If the challenge is approved, either request that the Department Chair send a copy of the decision to the Office of Matriculation to allow enrollment in the course or ensure that you get the materials to the Office of Matriculation in one of the following ways:

        a.     Email your documents to

        b.     Fax your documents to (415) 452-5127

        c.     Bring your documents to the Matriculation Office (Monday and Thursday 8am-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 8am-6pm, and Friday 8am-4pm), Conlan Hall room 203.

        d.    Mail documents to: Matriculation Office, 50 Phelan Ave. E203, San Francisco, CA 94112

6.     If approved, your registration will be unblocked within 5 working days.


1.   Enroll in the desired class.

2.   Fill out and submit a  Prerequisite Challenge Form to the Department Chair. Please also include supporting documentation for your challenge (i.e. transcripts, course description, portfolio, etc...).

3.   Attend the first day of class.

***Please note that you may be dropped from the course if you do not complete the Prerequisite Challenge process.