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Priority Registration Information

​OCC uses a priority registration system based on state requirements in assigning a priority registration window to

  • Help new students get started by following important steps for success
  • Reward continuing students who are making steady progress toward their goals.
To find your registration date for the current semester, visit your MyCoast portal. Here's a video on How to Check Your Priority Registration Eligibility Checklist.


Requirements

You must complete the following steps if you want to receive priority registration.

1. Apply

2. Complete orientation

3. Create an educational plan


Priority Registration Order

Level 1 - Students (excluding concurrently enrolled high school students) who completed the required steps and

  • Are in good academic and/or progress standing
  • Have not earned more than 100 degree-applicable units within the Coast Community College District (Coastline Community College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College)


Level 2 - Students (excluding concurrently enrolled high school students) who completed steps for level 1 with the exception:

  • A counselor-approved Student Education Plan (SEP) on file does NOT have a specified Course of Study that leads to an Associate Degree (AA, AS, or ADT), transfer, State-approved Certificate of Achievement, or career advancement


Level 3 - All other students who do not meet the requirements for Level 1 & 2 (excluding concurrently enrolled high school students).


Level 4 - Concurrently enrolled high school students


For each level, students will register in the following order:

  1. Veterans, Foster Youth, DSPS, EOPS and CalWorks students
  2. International Students
  3. Students in specific college designated athletics programs
  4. Continuing Students with 79.9 or fewer units within the Coast District and enrolled in classes at OCC during the previous fall or spring semester
  5. Continuing Students with 80 - 99.9 units within the Coast District and enrolled at OCC during the previous fall or spring semester
  6. New (has have never enrolled in classes at OCC)
  7. Returning Students (students previously enrolled in classes that have missed two consecutive primary semesters Fall & Spring)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)




When Can I Petition to Reinstate Priority Registration?

The petitioning periods are as follows

Fall                 April 1 - June 20

Spring            August 1 - October 20

Summer         March 1- May 1


How can I check to make sure that I have an approved Student Education Plan (SEP) on file in the Coast District?

Log in to your MyCoast portal and check your status (located on the Student Tab under "Priority Registration"--click on "view my eligibility").   If you have an approved SEP on file, you will see a green check next to "Student Education Plan in DegreeWorks".  If not, you will see a red X, which means that you do not have an SEP in DegreeWorks. You must schedule an appointment with a counselor to create an SEP. Appointments may be made in person (in the Counseling Center - third floor Watson Hall), online or by phone (714-432-5078). You can also register for any Counseling class that has an SEP workshop: COUN A100, COUN A104, COUN A105, COUN A120, or COUN A170. 


What if I have two consecutive semesters of academic and/or progress probation?
If you have two consecutive semesters of academic and/or progress probation within the Coast District (OCC, CCC, GWC), and have taken classes at another college or university between the semesters you attended the Coast District, you are eligible to submit a petition for reinstatement of priority registration. You may submit a petition for reinstatement of priority registration by completing the CCCD PETITION TO REINSTATE PRIORITY REGISTRATION BOGFW.pdf and submitting  it to the Enrollment Center in Watson Hall. You must provide official transcripts from the college or university previously attended along with the petition.
 
If you have two consecutive semesters of academic and/or progress probation within the Coast District (OCC, CCC, GWC) and have not attended another college or university, between semesters of unsatisfactory progress, you are not eligible to petition for reinstatement of priority registration.
If you have two consecutive semesters of academic and/or progress probation within the Coast District (OCC, CCC, GWC) and are currently enrolled in classes for the current term, please review your priority registration eligibility after final grades are posted for the current term. Students with a successful term will have their priority eligibility updated.
 
What is academic probation?
A student is placed on academic probation when they have attempted at least 12 semester units and have a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0. Priority registration is lost when a student has a cumulative GPA below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters.
 
What is the new rule regarding the 100 unit limit?
Students who accumulate more than 100 degree applicable units will lose priority registration. 
 
Does this 100 unit limit and academic probation rule apply to all students?
Yes. Academic probation and unit limits will be applied to all students except verified Foster Youth.
 
Do all credits get counted in the 100 unit limit?
No. Only degree applicable units earned within the Coast District (CCC, GWC and OCC count toward the 100 unit limitation. Degree applicable courses are courses that “generally” are 100 level courses or higher. For example, English A099 is not degree-applicable and English A100 is degree applicable.  
 
Will my transfer units count from another college or university?
No. Units from courses taken at another college are NOT counted within the 100 unit limit.  
 
Are “W's” counted in the 100 unit limit?
No. The 100 unit limit applies only to the units you have earned.  Withdrawals (W's) and incompletes (I's) will not count towards the 100 units.
 
Do units in progress count toward the 100 units?
No. Units currently in progress, the classes you are currently taking, are not counted because they have not been “earned” or completed at the time that you will be eligible to register for the next semester. 


Orange Coast College (OCC) utilizes a priority registration system that is in compliance with California Education Code Title 5 Code of Regulations for Community Colleges and SB 1456 Student Success Act.