Full or Near Full-Time Attendance is Key
It is all about completing set milestones. Here are some thing to keep in mind:
Time is money, both in college costs and delayed earning power.
In most cases, students will need to successfully complete a minimum of 15 units per semester in order to get an Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement and transfer in two years.
The typical degree and transfer requirements patterns require 60 units, which is 15 units over four semesters.
Certificates of Achievement range between 18 and 40+ units, taking you anywhere between 2 to four semesters.
Set yourself a goal for how many units you need to take per term and stick to it! Here is something to consider:
Full-Time Attendance Goal: 30 units by the end of Year 1; 60 units by the end of Year 2.
Part-Time Attendance Goal: 20 units by the end of Year 1; 40 units by the end of Year 2; 60 units by the end of Year 3.
If you cannot attend full-time, take as many units as possible, but do it throughout the year. SMC offers courses during the Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. There are full-term classes, and many short-term classes in the fall and spring semesters for you to choose from.
Work to identify the best major for you by the end of your first year — and once you have a plan, stick with it.
Meet with a counselor or use MyEdPlan to develop an education plan that will show you exactly what courses you need and the order in which you need to take them.