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Priority Registration

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What is priority registration?

Priority registration is designated specifically for students who enroll in SBCC for the purpose of degree or certificate attainment, transfer to a four-year college or university, or career advancement. Students who have completed orientation and assessment, developed an education plan, declared a major, and maintained good academic standing will be granted higher priority for registration.

Admissions & Records notifies students of their registration dates by posting the date and time in the student’s Pipeline account 2 weeks prior to the start of Priority Registration. Specific dates and times are determined by: Student Type (Continuing, New, Returning, etc.), Educational Goal, Support Programs (DSPS, EOPS, Foster Youth, Veterans, CalWorks), Academic Standing and completed course units (0-99).

Enrollment priorities are defined in Administrative Procedure 5055


Spring Semester Dates: Jan 13 - May 9

 

Spring Start Dates

Group

October 30, 2019

Eligible* Foster Youth, Veterans, DSPS, EOPS and CalWorks*

November 6, 2019

Eligible* Student Athletes, Currently Enrolled First Semester Promise students who are registering in their second semester & Continuing Promise Program eligible students who are not on academic or progress probation for two consecutive terms or have not earned 100 or more degree applicable units.

November 8, 2019

Eligible Continuing Students who are not on academic or progress probation for two consecutive terms or have not earned 100 or more degree applicable units

November 18, 2019

Eligible* Currently Enrolled First Semester students who are not on academic or progress probation for two consecutive terms or have not earned 100 or more degree applicable units

November 22, 2019

Eligible* New to College students who are local high school graduates except those with an educational goal of Personal Enrichment who have met Local High School Seniors Priority Enrollment requirements

December 2, 2019

Eligible* New to College students who have completed orientation, assessment and advising including a student education plan

December 4, 2019

New Transfer and Returning Students except those with an educational goal of Personal Enrichment who have met pre-registration requirements and who are not on academic or progress probation for two consecutive terms or have not earned 100 or more degree applicable units

December 9, 2019

Students with an educational goal of Personal Enrichment and/or those students who have lost their priority enrollment**

December 10, 2019

Open Registration, HS Dual Enrollment Students, Tuition-Free Noncredit Education

*Eligible is defined as having completed orientation, assessment and developed education plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Priority registration is lost when you have been on academic and/or progress probation for two consecutive semesters, or when you accrue more than 100 completed units of degree applicable coursework – accumulated from SBCC only (In progress units ARE included).

  • A student is placed on academic probation when they have attempted at least 12 semester units and earn a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0. Priority registration is lost when a student earns a cumulative GPA below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters.

  • Students who accumulate more than 100 degree applicable units, including in-progress units, will lose priority registration. This is a law which all community colleges in California must follow

  • Yes. Academic probation and unit limits will be applied to all student groups, including Veterans, DSPS, EOPS, CalWorks (Foster Youth exempt).

  • No. Academic probation does not begin until you have completed 12 units of credit.

  • No. Only degree applicable units earned at SBCC count toward the 100 unit limitation. Degree applicable units are courses at SBCC numbered 100 or higher.

  • No. Units from courses taken at another college are NOT counted toward the 100 unit limit. Only degree applicable units earned at SBCC are counted toward the 100 unit limit.

  • No. The 100 unit limit applies only to the units you have earned. Withdrawals ('W') and incompletes ('I') will not count toward the 100 units.

  • Yes. Units in progress, the classes you are currently taking, are counted in the total.

  • View your unofficial transcript in Pipeline under the Student Tab > Student Records. You may also consult with an Academic Counselor to review these courses.

  • An appeals process is available for all students who lose enrollment priority due to extenuating circumstances that can be verified (accidents, illness, or other circumstances beyond the student’s control), or who are in a verifiable high unit major.

  • A student may appeal the loss of priority enrollment due to extenuating circumstances, or where a student with a disability applied for but did not receive reasonable accommodation in a timely manner. Extenuating circumstances are verified cases of accident, illnesses or other circumstances beyond the control of the student. In addition the college may exempt and consider high unit majors.