Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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 Petition for Special Consideration (log in with your SMC username and password) explaining why the GPA is low and most importantly, how you will be successful in taking college classes. Be thorough in your appeal.
Yes. You must get the application completed by your future high school, and your transcripts must be from your middle school.
You will have to submit a full application, including transcripts, which are required for each term of enrollment.
Along with the application you will have to submit an official private (homeschool) affidavit that was filed with the state. It must be filed for the academic year the student is trying to attend.
Yes. A new and full application, including transcripts, is required for each term of enrollment.
Yes. If you are currently enrolled in a California high school, then you may apply to HSCE.
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.
To the Admissions & Records Office, located on the first floor of the Student Services Complex at 1900 Pico Blvd. You can also email your completed application and transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Transcripts must be current and show all high school or middle school coursework. If a student has attended multiple high schools then all transcripts are required.
We will not accept printouts from student portals or report cards.
Yes. However, because of privacy concerns, the Admissions staff will not be able to review and process the application packet until after the time of submission. You may be contacted by phone or email at a later time to follow up if needed. To ensure the quickest processing, please submit your application in-person.
We do not accept faxed applications. The preferred method of turning in applications is always to visit our Admissions office so that we can better check for problems and address student questions. Mailing applications to our Admissions Office or emailing them to email@example.com is acceptable, but we are not responsible for lost mail and emailed applications must be scanned with superb quality. We reserve the right to request originals for any reason.
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.
SMC does not allow HSCE students to enroll 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.
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.
No. The English and/or math self-guided placement 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. Results are valid for two years.
We do not offer credit equivalencies, 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.
Transcripts can be ordered online and then sent directly to your high school.
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.