Here you will find answers to the most common issues regarding classes and enrolling. If you haven't already, please thoroughly review and complete the steps on our Apply/Starting Steps page.
High School Concurrent Enrollment students take our regularly offered college credit courses. The only restricted courses are Kinesiology courses. Otherwise, as long as a student meets HSCE program requirements and all course prerequisites (see more below), they may enroll in any course. Do NOT use "High School - Dual Enrollment" when searching for offered classes using our Searchable Class Schedule.
Please check Apply/Starting Steps on how to participate in the HSCE program. Classes must first be prescribed by Admissions in order for the student to enroll.
Important to Note: Our courses are college courses. This seems obvious, but it means that we do not make equivalencies to high school courses. Course equivalencies and receiving credit for high school is strictly between the student and their high school. Students should talk to their high school counselor. Also, as our courses are college courses they will become part of the student's permanent college record, including the corresponding credit and GPA. Classes cannot be audited or forfeited in any way.
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We also offer many Career Technical Education courses that may interest you and get you started on a career path.
Concurrent Enrollment vs. Dual Enrollment
Although these terms are often confused and used interchangeably at different colleges, at SMC we define "Concurrent" classes as those regularly taught on our campuses and online, and "Dual" classes as those taught on a high school campus. Dual Enrollment courses have a separate enrollment process, and students interested in those courses should talk to their high school counselor.
High School Concurrent Enrollment students are allowed to take online courses. These courses are subject to the same eligibility, limits, and enrollment requirements as those of "on-ground" courses. Class space is also limited. Students with specific questions regarding course curriculum and/or requiring an Instructor Approval Code to add the course, should contact the instructor directly via email (see more below).
Students are allowed to enroll in 6 units or 2 classes, whichever is greater, per term (winter, spring, summer, fall). A separate, fully complete, application is required for each term.
Many SMC courses have specific prerequisites or advisories, which are noted on the schedule of classes. All students must meet prerequisites before they enroll. Some courses have a course "advisory." This means students are expected to have skills at the level of the advisory.
All concurrent enrollment students must place into at least English 21A if taking courses without a prerequisite or advisory. This is a requirement of the HSCE program. The only courses exempted from this requirement include performance and activity courses such as dance, painting, etc.
Students must take the math placement test if the intended course has a math prerequisite. Placing one level above a prerequisite course will fulfill that prerequisite. Eligibility to take a prerequisite course does NOT satisfy the prerequisite.
If a student has college level English or math coursework from another institution, or has taken AP exams receiving a 3 or higher, they can request a placement/prerequisite waiver or meet with a counselor at the SMC Outreach Office in order to receive a prerequisite waiver. When visiting the Outreach Office be sure to call ahead to ensure a counselor is available. Bring a photo ID, know your SMC ID number, and have a copy of your other coursework or test results. Be sure to tell the office that you are there simply to get a math or English waiver.
Corsair Connect is the student portal from which a student enrolls in classes, checks dates, accesses their email, pays fees, and much more. The first time a student logs in their default password is their date of birth. Please note: it is 6-digits (MMDDYY), not 8. Do not put 19 or 20 in for the year. After loging in for the first time you will update your password to something more secure. You will not be able to enroll in a class until your assigned enrollment date, and not until you have been prescribed a class after turning in the HSCE program application to the Admissions Office.
Adding a Class
In Corsair Connect, students add courses using the 4-digit section number for a class, which can be found in any of our class schedules. If adding a class after it has started then you will need an Instructor Approval Code (see more below).
Adding a Second Class
If you have difficulty adding a class, or if the second course takes the total over 6 units, students will have to come to our Admissions Office to be manually added to the class (remember to bring a photo ID). The class must have open seats available, or the student must have an Instructor Approval Code (see more below).
Adding an Additional Class to a Submitted Application
Students can only enroll in the courses they have been prescribed, meaning courses that were approved by their counselor on their application and then approved by our Admissions. If a student would like to add additional courses to their application, the best way is for them to fill out the "Approval of Additional Courses" form, found on the 3rd page of the application. Students may also ask their high school counselors to email us directly (email@example.com) from their school email account including the following: student's SMC ID number, course name as it appears in our catalogue, term student wishes to enroll, and a brief message indicating their approval of enrollment.
Open Seat Notification/Wait Lists
Often times courses fill up. Do not despair, there are several chances to still enroll in the course. Other students often change their schedules and seats open up. In Corsair Connect, students can wait for such availability by joining an open seat notification list or wait list. After joining a list, you and other students on the list will receive a notification in the instance that a seat opens up. The first student to enroll will be granted that seat. Once a class starts there is no longer a list, you must "crash" the course.
Many will tell you that crashing courses is a common part of the college experience. It simply means that you attend a course that is full, but would like to join. It is recommended that you attend the class a few minutes before it starts and talk to the professor about receiving an Instructor Approval Code in order enroll in the class. For Online classes you would email the instructor (see more below).
Instructor Approval Code ("add code")
After a class has started, professors will have Instructor Approval Codes, commonly known as "add codes." A code is required anytime a student wants to either enroll in a course that has already started, or enroll in a course that is full. Read "Crashing" classes above on how to obtain a code.
Instructor names can be found in the class schedule and instructor contact email addresses can be found in the online Employee Directory of college personnel. It is recommended to use your SMC student email account for all correspondence.