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Orientation provides students with information about Santa Barbara City College's educational programs, support services, college facilities, student life, and students' rights and responsibilities.

SBCC college orientation is required for the following students: 

  • Never attended college before, or only attended while in high school and have a goal/plan of: 
    • Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement
    • Transfer to 4-year School
    • Basic English/Math/Reading Skills
    • Undecided Goal
  • New Transfer Students, enrolling at SBCC who previously attended another institution

Special Departmental Orientations

Some departments and programs also require their own orientation as a condition of enrollment or participation. Click here to find out more about departmental orientations.

Orientation Options

We offer a variety of orientation options to meet the needs of our students. Find the description that best matches you and choose one of the recommended college orientation options:

1. Any first-time college student, any semester

Online Orientation

2. Local high school students, Fall and Summer semesters only

If you live in the Santa Barbara area, you may attend an on-campus Orientation & Advising program with your classmates in May. This is coordinated by your high school and is for local high school students only.

3. Transfer or re-entry students

Online Orientation

4. ESL students

ESL Orientation

5. International students

Visit the International Student site for information.

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