Future Credit Students

Your Steps to Becoming a Credit Student

Five Easy Steps

Start earning college credits soon! Follow the steps below to become a City College student today.  Apply for financial aid early!

  1. Apply for Admission and Financial Aid
  2. Complete the English or ESL and Math Assessments
  3. Attend New Student Orientation *
  4. Meet with a Counselor *
  5. Register for Classes

You may complete steps 2, 3 and 4 during All in One Day!

*You may skip steps 2, 3, and 4 through the Matriculation exemption process if you qualify for one of the following:

1.   You have already earned an A.A./A.S.  degree or higher (at a U.S. accredited college or university)

2.  Your educational goals do not include:

  • Enrolling in Math, English or ESL courses
  • Transfer to a college or university
  • Attainment of a degree
  • Career Development or certificate attainment that require math, English or ESL as a prerequisite or,

3.  You are only enrolling in courses mandated by industry or licensure standards

 However, exempting will result in your receiving a later course registration date.

All NEW and RE-ADMIT students (those who have been away from CCSF for one academic year or more previous to the coming semester) need to submit an admissions application.  More info

If qualified, students may apply for Financial Aid.  Paying for the cost of a college education requires a partnership among parents, students and the college.  Each partner has responsibilities to fulfill in meeting that cost.  Financial aid is money that helps pay for the cost of education (college fees, books and supplies).  City College of San Francisco (CCSF) participates in most Federal and State financial aid programs.   More Info

With the newly enacted Assembly Bill 705, students may receive English and Math course placements using high school performance data in addition to placement tests. Using multiple measures (such as high school performance data, placement test-results, SAT results) to determine highest course placement level aims to “maximize the probability that [students] will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and mathematics in a one year timeframe”.

To complete the English and Math assessment requirement, students have the following options:

—  Use high school performance measures such as GPA and grades

—  Take the CCSF English, ESL and Math placement tests

—  Complete the Placement test waiver

—  Complete the Prerequisite Challenge process

Placement tests are one way of measuring the students' skills in Math and English or ESL. Placement test results are used for course placement purposes only. They are not used to prevent any student from attending CCSF. Counselors will use these results along with other information to help students decide on a program of courses.

For more information about AB705, click here.

More info

The Spring 2019 testing cycle is from late October 2018 through January 2019. All testing schedules are subject to change without prior notice or updated due to last minute changes.  For questions call (415) 239-3124.


Ocean Placement Testing at 50 Phelan Avenue SF, CA 94112


e.g.: Permanent or Current Identification or Driver's License, Military i.d., United State Passport, Foreign Passport, U.S. States Permanent Resident Card, Employment i.d., High School i.d. or Work Visa



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No appointment is necessary for computerized testing.

Seating is limited to the first 28 students!

 Seating is first-come-first-serve for computerized testing




We no longer offer the Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra Placement Tests. For more information about the different options to be place into English and Math Courses, please visit our www.ccsf.edu/ab705 page.

*The College Level Math placement test is for students who wish to enroll in Trigonometry or Calculus

Please contact the centers directly for schedules.

All non-exempt new students to City College are required to participate in New Student Orientation. The orientation answers many of your questions about becoming a student at City College and introduces you to essential programs, services and procedures.

You may participate in one of our upcoming All-in-One Days or complete an Online Orientation.

You will meet with an Academic counselor after you complete your online or in-person Orientation to CCSF. You and your counselor will complete the  Initial Educational Planselecting courses for your first one or two semesters at City College. More info

Once you  have completed Steps One through Four, the  Initial Educational Plan and the Matriculation Component Card must be submitted to Conlan Hall, Room 204 in order to earn the earliest possible registration date.

If you are in a special program (e.g. International Students) you will need to see one of the counselors assigned to that program.  

You choose your counselor!

Plan to meet with your counselor at least once per semester!

Students:  Now that you have finished Steps One through Four, you can use the registration appointment given to you when you submitted your admission application once you turn in your completed Matriculation component card and Initial Interview Form to E-204 in Conlan Hall. More info

Exempt Students:  Now that you have submitted your Admissions Application, you will be able to register on your assigned registration date given to you once you submitted your application.


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