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Students Returning to College

​​Welcome back!

Returning students are those who have previously attended Orange Coast College but have missed the last 2 semesters (fall and spring). You are considered a returning student if you have skipped two or more semesters. 

All re-admitted students will receive information on how to log in to My OCC, the college’s student portal. Your MyOCC account and student G-mail account information will be sent to the email address you provided on your admissions application after the application has been processed.

Follow these steps to get enrolled:

Apply for admission

Returning students must apply for admission and if financial assistance is needed, apply for financial aid. 

Registration is by appointment. Appointments for new and returning students are assigned on in the order that the applications are received. Once your application has been processed, you will receive an acceptance E-mail and instructions for logging on the MyOCC student portal.

Log in to MyOCC

Log in to MyOCC to view your registration appointment, register for classes, pay fees, view grades, check on your financial aid status and more.
For help navigating MyOCC you may view the MyOCC Reference Guide on the Orange Coast College website.  
Student G-mail
Setup/access your student G-mail account which is the official form of communication with you during your course of studies at OCC.
Registration Appointment
You will receive your registration appointment via MyOCC. Registration appointments are assigned in accordance with SB1456, the Student Success Act of 2012. View the Priority Registration Information page for details. Check your MyOCC account to view your appointment date and time (Student Tab/Registration Tools/Registration Status). Appointments are available for viewing as follows
  • Summer                                             Mid April
  • Fall                                                       Mid June
  • Intersession/Spring                       Mid October

Register for classes

Your registration appointment allows you to enroll in classes anytime on or after your appointment time, up until the class begins.

Once you register, make sure you pay all fees due immediately to avoid being dropped  for non-payment from classes.

Whatever your priority - Get there faster with priority registration

Orange Coast College utilizes a priority registration system that is in compliance with the California Education California, Title 5 Code of Regulations for Community Colleges and SB 1456. OCC has three levels of priority registration. In order to register in the first level priority registration group, students must meet ALL of the State mandated requirements. See below for more information


Priority Registration Eligibility Checklist

Log in to MyOCC (Student Tab>Priority Registration>View My Eligibility
In order to be eligible for level 1 priority registration, students must meet ALL priority registration requirements (Orientation, Assessment Testing, Student Education Plan and Course of Study (major), prior to registration appointments being assigned. If these requirements are completed after registration appointments have been assigned then level 1 priority will be assigned for the next semester. For more information please  visit the Priority Registration web page on the OCC website.

Complete the following steps to qualify for priority registration

Step One: Orientation

Students, who have not completed orientation, must complete orientation (online or in person). If you have earned an AA degree or higher from an accredited college or university, you may submit official transcripts to satisfy the orientation requirement.
Orientation or proof of successful completion of an AA degree or higher must take place prior to your registration appointment being assigned in order to qualify for first level priority registration. View the Orientation Information on the OCC website for more information. If you need assistance email the Student Success and Support Programs (SSSP) office

Step Two: Placement Testing

Students must take placement tests if they have not successfully completed math and/or English at another college. If you have successfully completed (“C” or better) math and/or English at another college, submit official transcripts to the Matriculation Office or mail your transcript to the Admissions Office. Placement testing and/or proof of prerequisite completion must take place prior to your registration appointment or you will be blocked from registering in Math and or English classes. Appointments for placement testing are scheduled online. You can visit the Assessment Center Website to make a testing appointment. If you have completed classes at another accredited College or University, send transcripts to:

P O BOX 5005
COSTA MESA CA 92628-5005

Step Three: Counseling (Complete a Student Education Plan, SEP)

Meet with a Counselor to complete your Student Education Plan (SEP). If you have prior College work, submit Official sealed transcripts to the Enrollment Center prior to scheduling an appointment. You can also attend a Priority Registration Workshop offered at the College. Please visit the Counseling Services web page for more information.
DegreeWorks is the degree audit and progress tracking system for Coast Community Colleges that provides a more accessible, convenient, and organized way to assess your academic progress. You may access DegreeWorks through your MyOCC account. For more information visit the DegreeWorks Information web page.

Final Details

Purchase your textbooks/supplies
Visit the Orange Coast College Bookstore to purchase your textbooks and supplies.  You may reserve textbooks online prior to the semester start date.  Please visit the bookstore for more information.

Confirm your registration and attend classes
Once you have registered and paid all your fees, verify the courses, the meeting time, and the course location then attend the class on the first day of instruction.  If you miss the first class meeting, you will most likely lose your seat in the class so be sure to show up on the first day and be on time! 

Online Classes
Students enrolled in online classes must follow certain procedures to access their online class.  Please visit the Orange Coast Online Classes webpage by the first day of class to get started.