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There are two semesters and two summer sessions. The fall semester begins in August and ends just prior to the winter vacation in December. The spring semester begins in January and ends in May. Summer sessions last for six weeks. See the Academic Calendar for specific dates.
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Students are permitted to register in a maximum of eighteen (18) units per semester (Fall/Spring). However, students with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) with 12 or more units (excluding ESL) completed at SBCC may request to enroll in up to 20 (twenty) units with Admissions & Records approval.
Permission to register in excess of twenty (20) units requires counselor authorization. Students who do not have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) at SBCC and/or who have academic records from another college or high school may take in excess of eighteen (18) units with counselor authorization.
During Summer Sessions, students are permitted to register in a maximum of eight (8) units for the six-week session. However, students with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) at SBCC may request to enroll in up to nine (9) units with Admissions & Records approval. During campus closures you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request to increase your unit load to 9 units only if you have a 3.0 grade point average. If you do not have a 3.0 and/or you would like to register in more than 9 units in summer you can contact your academic counselor through starfish who will submit a request for your unit increase.
Permission to enroll in excess of nine (9) units requires counselor authorization. Students who do not have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) at SBCC and/or who have academic records from another college or high school may take in excess of eight (8) units with counselor authorization.
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That depends on when you withdraw from the course. A semester length class may be dropped without a "W" (Withdrawal) notation appearing on the transcript through the end of the second week of the semester. A class dropped after the second week and through the ninth week of school will be indicated with a "W" on the transcript. For courses less than a semester in length and for summer, the last day to withdraw without a "W" notation is prior to the 20% point of the class. Withdrawals after the 20% point of the class but before the 60% point will be indicated with a "W" notation on the transcript.
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You may choose to take a course that is not in your major on a Pass/No Pass basis. If your work is equivalent to a "C" or higher, you will receive a "Pass", but no letter grade. Many students choose this option for a subject that they have had trouble with in the past. Pass/No Pass forms are available online or at Admissions & Records. For semester-length classes in the Fall and Spring semesters, Pass/No Pass forms must be submitted by end of the fifth week. During the Summer Sessions, forms must be submitted by the end of the second week.
You may audit a course with the instructor's permission. Auditors must apply for admissions and be accepted by the college. Audit request forms must be submitted to Admissions & Records after the second week of the semester (after the first week during summer session) but no later than Friday of the third week (the second week during summer session). For courses that are less than full semester in length, Audit Request Forms must be submitted no later than 30% of the course length.
There is a fee of $15.00 per unit. If you are enrolled in 10 or more units, you may audit up to 3 units for free. Repeatable courses as identified in the college catalog may not be audited.
SBCC's Course Repetition policy significantly changed effective Summer/Fall 2012. For more information, view the policy update. It is important that you understand these changes as you select your classes. These changes include a new definition of what constitutes an "enrollment." Title 5, section 58161 states that an enrollment occurs when a student receives an evaluative grade (A, B, C, D, F, P, NP) or a non-evaluative symbol (W).
In very rare cases, a student may be able to demonstrate extenuating circumstances which may be considered in reinstating enrollment priority. Eligibility for consideration requires a student to be in good academic standing, making good and consistent progress toward completion of informed educational goals that require completion of more than 100 degree applicable units. Visit the Academic Counseling Center for more information.
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