New Student Orientation


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It is Free! Before you can register for classes, you must fill out an online application to the college. Grossmont College uses CCCApply to provide students with a quick, easy and secure way to apply to the college.


By applying early, you will increase your chances to complete the requirements necessary for priority registration.


Grossmont College uses CCCApply. The application is free and available 24 hours a day. Click here to apply now!


You will receive an email confirmation when your application is processed. It is recommended you also apply for Financial Aid. Visit the online FAFSA Application and use Federal School Code: 001208



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New Student Orientation


All new students should complete our online orientation that provides students with information on the programs offered at the college, students support services available, how to register for classes, and additional important information for students.

  • F1 Visa International Students will complete the International Student Orientation through canvas and/or in person. Please sign up for the orientation on your acceptance letter you received from International Admissions. 


Complete the New Student Orientation Online


1. Login to Self-Service


2. Click the Students tab and then Under Orientation / Assess / Advising, click Step One - Online Orientation


How to access the online orientation video: Online Orientation


Assessment and Placement



The State of California has passed a new law (AB705) which provides students access to complete transfer level courses in English and math in one year. High school GPA will be the primary factor in determining placement. Please access the online guided self-placement questionnaire by following the directions listed below:


  • Log into Self-Service
  • Click on "Students"
  • Under Orientation/Assess/Advising, Click "Step 2-Assessment/Placement Questionnaire"

The questionnaire will determine if English language learners will need to take the ESL Assessment. If the ESL Assessment is needed, register for one of our scheduled ESL Assessment sessions through Self-Service or call the Assessment Center at (619) 644-7200 you can also email at


Advanced Placement (AP) Exam

If an AP exam has been passed with a score of 3 or higher in the following classes: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Calculus AB or BC, or Statistics, students can submit the appropriate documentation through the prerequisite clearance online form for possible English and math placement.


Assessment Exemption Guide

Please refer to the following document for a complete list of options for English and math placement: Placement Options


Course from Another College

If an English or math class has been completed from another college or university within the United States, students can submit the appropriate documentation through the prerequisite clearance online form for possible English and math placement.


You can also visit the Counseling Center to request English/Math placement using unofficial transcripts from another college. The Counseling Center is located in Building 10.


* Official transcripts from other colleges and universities must be submitted to Admissions and Records at Grossmont College.


Get Your Abbreviated Education Plan (AEP)


This is a 1 or 2 semester plan that is designed to meet your educational goals, and assist you with registering for classes. A follow-up counseling appointment is strongly recommended once you have declared your major to create your individualized Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).


Option 1: Online


1. Login to Self-Service


2. Click Students and then once in the Student Menu, under Orientation/Assess/Advising, click Step Three - Online Advising



Option 2: In-Person

Students may also create an abbreviated education plan in-person by making an appointment for one of our New Student Advising Workshops. For more information please visit the counseling department in building 10, our Counseling Website or call us at 619-644-7208.



Students who complete these core services: orientation, assessment and education planning, are more likely to complete their educational objectives in a timely manner. These core services are critical to college success. We provide new college students with priority registration as an incentive to complete these onboarding services as early as possible.



Register, How to Pay for College and Student Services


You will receive an email indicating your registration date and time; in April for Summer, June/July for Fall and November for Spring. Search the online class schedule. Check course prerequisites to make sure you are cleared ahead of time. Login into Self-Service to view registration date and registering for your classes.

Once you have your AEP- Abbreviated Educational Plan developed by a counselor, make certain to register and pay for your classes as soon as possible. Students will need to log into Self-Service to register and pay for your classes


How to register for classes videos:

How to pay for college


  • Grossmont- Cuyamaca College Promise (AB-19) FREE tuition for first-time college students. For more information visit
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and make sure Grossmont’s Federal school code is listed (001208) – Application opens October 1st.
  • California Dream Act application allows students interested in attending eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Application opens October 1st. (Grossmont College School Code: 001208)

    • If you have questions regarding the Dream Act or if you are unsure of your eligibility under AB540, please contact the Grossmont College Financial Aid Office at (619) 644-7142.
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    * If you need assistance with FAFSA or California Dream Act Application, feel free to attend a financial aid workshop.

Note: Registration is not complete until your tuition and fees are paid. You can pay your fees via Self-Service or on campus at the Cashier office. Make sure to pay so you do not get dropped from your classes.


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The college will be hosting various events to on board first time to college students such as New Student Placement/Advising workshops, Super Saturday and Fast Friday during the spring. In the summer, the college will be hosting New Student Placement/Advising workshops. Check back in Spring 2024 for updated events!