Frequently asked questions
- How do I apply?
- What is Matriculation and what is required?
- How many terms does SBCC offer?
- How much does SBCC cost?
- When and how can I enroll for classes?
- When do I pay for classes?
- How many units can I take?
- How do I add and drop classes?
- Why do I see an error message when I try to register in a class?
- If I drop a course, what will it say on my transcript?
- How do I change my major/program or my educational goal?
- How do I apply for a refund?
- Do I have to take a course for a grade?
- I didn't pass one of my classes. Can I retake it?
- How can I request to have my enrollment priority reinstated?
- What if I will not be 18 prior to the first day of the semester?
- How do I obtain my transcripts?
- How do I know if SBCC has received my official transcripts from other institutions?
- How do I establish California residency?
- Need Admissions forms?
What is matriculation and what is required?
The primary purpose of matriculation is to match your skills, needs and goals to the college's courses, programs, and services. You will be able to make better, more informed educational choices by utilizing the services provided by matriculation.
Assessment tests are given in English (Reading and Writing), math, and English as a Second Language. Students who have never been to college before and students wishing to enroll in English, Math 1-150, Psychology 150, and English as a Second Language are required to participate in assessment. Knowing your math and English skills will help you make good class choices.
Orientation is required for all new-to-college students. During orientation, students learn about the college's services and programs, degree, certificate, and transfer requirements, as well as how to be successful in college.
Advisement follows orientation for students who are new to college. In small group advising sessions, students learn how to develop an educational plan of study appropriate to their skill levels and educational goals. New transfer students are encouraged to make an appointment for individual advisement to determine if assessment and orientation are necessary.
Follow-up services ensure that you are on track to fulfill your educational goals.
Follow-up services are provided through the Counseling and Transfer Centers, as well as EOPS, DSPS and Faculty Advisors.
How many terms and summer sessions does Santa Barbara City College offer?
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 mid-May. Summer sessions last for six weeks. See the Academic Calendar for specific dates.
When do I pay for classes?
Fees may be paid at the time of registration and are due within seven days. Please see Tuition & Fees for payment options.
How many units can I take?
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 (G.P.A.) 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 (G.P.A) 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 (G.P.A.) at SBCC may request to enroll in up to nine (9) units with Admissions & Records approval.
Permission to enroll in excess of nine (9) units requires counselor authorization.
Students who do not have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (G.P.A.) 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.
If I drop a course, what will it say on my transcript?
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
How do I change my major/program or my educational goal?
Update your major and/or educational goal instantly online. Log on to your SBCC Pipeline. Go to Registration and select “Update Ed Goal & Major”.
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 first 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.
I didn't pass one of my classes. Can I retake it?
SBCC's Course Repetition policy has significantly changed effective Summer/Fall 2012. 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). For more information, view the policy update.
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.
If you are not 18 years old prior to the beginning of the semester you will need to provide your high school diploma or a copy of your General Education Developmenmt (GED) or a copy of the official test results of the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) to Admissions & Records.