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Our Frequently Asked Questions section offers answers to a variety of the most common questions.

When is the deadline?

There is no official deadline. However, it is advantageous to turn in applications as soon as possible in order to have the best possibility to get into a class, as well as to allow time to resolve any issues.

Any student wishing to enroll in a class that has already started must first get an Instructor Approval Code before turning in their application. Please refer to the Class Information section for more information.

What if my counselor and/or principal are unable to sign my application digitally?

If your counselor is unable to sign the form digitally, then an email can be sent on behalf of the student to the concurrentenrollment@smc.edu inbox. The email must come from the counselor's work (school) email. The email should include the student's High School Concurrent Enrollment application, the courses the counselor approves the student for in the body of the email, and an unofficial transcript. No need for a seal or digital signature so long as the email says they approve the enrollment. If the application is for the summer semester, then the principal's signature is required.

If the principal is unable to sign the form digitally, then the counselor can forward the paperwork to the principal. The principal can then forward the email to the concurrentenrollment@smc.edu inbox, and indicate they approve the student for SUMMER 2020 enrollment. The principal does not have to sign the form so long as they provide their approval from their school email address. ​

How early can I turn in an application?

We will accept applications as soon as the schedule for the desired semester of enrollment has been published online. For winter/spring this is usually at the beginning of November and for summer/fall this is usually at the beginning of April.

My high school GPA is lower than 2.0, can I still participate?

Our High School Concurrent Enrollment program requires a 2.0 cumulative GPA to participate. We will, however, consider admitting students with lower GPAs provided they submit a PDF FilePetition for Special Consideration explaining why the GPA is low and most importantly, how you will be successful in taking college classes. Be thorough in your appeal.

I am graduating 8th grade, am I eligible to take summer classes?

Yes. You must get the application completed by your future high school, and your transcripts must be from your middle school.

Do I have to apply again if I have taken courses in the past?

Yes. A new HSCE application, including transcripts, is required for each term of enrollment. You do not need to reapply for admission to SMC again so long as you are still att he same school.

I am undocumented, can I participate in HSCE?

Yes. If you are currently enrolled in a California high school, then you may apply to HSCE.

What is Dual Enrollment, and how is it different from Concurrent 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.

Where do I submit the High School Concurrent Application form?

To the Admissions & Records Office. Send the full application as a single PDF document to concurrentenrollment@smc.edu.

I lost my ID, can I use a photo of it instead?

No. Any time you visit an office on the SMC campus you should have a current government photo ID or current photo high school ID. After enrolling in a course and paying your student fees, you may get an SMC photo ID.

What kind of high school transcript do I need for my application?

Transcripts must be current, show all high school coursework, and come directly from the school. If a student has attended multiple high schools then all transcripts are required.

We will not accept printouts from student portals or report cards.

Can my parent drop off the High School Concurrent Enrollment application for me?

In response to social distancing guidelines, all High School Concurrent Enrollment applications ​will be accepted by email. Send the full application as a single PDF document to concurrentenrollment@smc.edu.

When will I find out if I have been admitted to the program?

Once we have reviewed your application packet and determined everything is in order, you will receive an email telling you for which courses you were approved. Generally speaking, students are admitted to the HSCE program, but not necessarily to the specific courses you want. We will let you know if you do not qualify for specific courses either by emailing or speaking with you.

Can I take any class I want?

SMC does not allow enrollment in Kinesiology (physical education) courses under any circumstances. Otherwise, you may enroll in any courses for which you are eligible and approved. These classes must be listed on your High School Concurrent Enrollment application form.

Additionally, you will not be permitted to enroll in subject areas where you previously received a grade below a C—whether taken at the college or high school level.

When can I enroll in classes?

Because of state law restrictions, concurrent enrollment students will be assigned an enrollment appointment on the last day of our enrollment priority cycle, after other SMC students have enrolled. As a result, some courses may be full. If enrolling for a summer/fall term, your enrollment day is around the fourth week of April. If enrolling for a winter/spring term, your enrollment day is around the fourth week of November. If you are unable to enroll in a specific class, you may go to the first day of class and ask the instructor if he/she can give you an "Instructor Authorization Code" to add the class. Please review our Class Information section for more information.

How do I enroll in a class?

You will enroll via our online student portal, Corsair Connect, during your appointed enrollment date/time. Please review our Class Information section for more information.

Do I have to complete the placement process ​test every time I enroll?

No. The English and/or math placement process is needed only if the course you intend to enroll in has an English or math prerequisite. You only need to complete it once to determine your eligibility. 

How do I get high school credit?

We do not offer credit equivalencies evaluations, however, many high schools do offer credit for our courses. You should talk to your high school counselor and review our Class Information section for more details.

How does my high school get my SMC transcript?

You may order your SMC Transcripts Online and then sent directly to your high school.

Can fees be waived?

Yes and no. For on-campus classes, the health fee is mandatory. Student ID and ASB fees can be waived by contacting the Cashier's Office. However, these are generally beneficial fees as they give students access to campus Wi-Fi, riding the Big Blue Bus for free, printing services, and much more. More information on fees.