Fall 2018 Semester Central

Your one-stop shop for everything you need to know to start the semester right. Keep checking back for updates!

Register for Classes
Getting to Class
Parking Registration, Where to Park & Lot 5 Expansion Project
Student Resources
Frequently Asked Questions


Last summer, the North Orange County Community College District launched the updated and modernized myGateway platform for all students, faculty, and staff at Cypress College, Fullerton College, and North Orange Continuing Education (formerly the School of Continuing Education).

Over the winter holidays, the NOCCCD performed scheduled maintenance on district web services, including the myGateway portal. A number of myGateway users have reported login and other issues. If you are experiencing problems, including login or PIN resets, contact the District Information Services Helpdesk at  ishelpdesk@nocccd.edu or (714) 808-4849. For quick help, please refer to the District-provided guide below:

myGateway Help Guide

Register for Classes

Need to fill out your schedule, or forgot to waitlist and want to know if that class you were hoping to take opened up? Check out the Spring 2018 Open Class list.

You can register for classes without an add code up to the first day of school, Monday, January 29. Be sure to attend the first class meeting! Professors are obligated to drop students who do not attend the first class. If your class does not meet on Mondays, you do not need to attend the first Monday of the semester — just the first day of the class.

Getting to Class

Click here for a map of the campus.

Parking Registration, Where to Park & Lot 5 Expansion Project

After you’ve paid your all of your fees, please activate your parking permit in myGateway. Remember, your license plate is your parking permit.

Note: You may have two vehicles registered to your account, but only one vehicle may be active at a time. Please be sure the vehicle you are parking on campus is the active vehicle in your account.

If you’re a new student and unsure how to register or change your active vehicle, please refer to this guide with screenshots and tips to help you through the process.

For returning students, if you’re unsure how to renew your permit or change your active vehicle, please refer to this guide with screenshots and tips to help you through the process.

Note: The Parking Lot 5 Expansion Project is now underway and will impact access through the Holder Street entrance and some parking in both Lots 4 and 5 this semester. Lots 4 and 5 will be inaccessible from the Holder Street entrance until further notice. To enter either of those lots, please enter on Orange or Valley View, or you will need to drive around the entire College Circle (which is inadvisable).

The expansion project, being undertaken to prepare for construction of the college’s new Measure J-funded Science, Engineering, and Math Building (scheduled for Spring 2019), will ultimately add about 252 stalls to Lots 4 and 5 to more than offset the 200 spaces that will potentially be displaced from Lot 7 during the SEM construction. For more information, click here.

Lot 1 for:

  • the Business Building
  • CCCPLX 216 (College Complex Lecture Hall)
  • administrative offices, including the Foundation Office
  • the Theater
  • the Bookstore
  • the Student Center
  • the Student Activities Center

Lot 4 for:

  • Tech Ed 1
  • Tech Ed 2
  • Tech Ed 3
  • the School of Continuing Education Building
  • Gym 2

Lot 5 for:

  • Gym 1
  • Gym 2
  • the Library/Learning Resource Center

Lot 7 for:

  • the Library/Learning Resource Center
  • the Science, Engineering, and Math Building
  • the Humanities Building or Lecture Halls

Lot 9 (all student parking) for:

  • the Humanities Building or Lecture Halls
  • the Fine Arts Building
  • the Theater
  • the Science, Engineering, and Math Building

Please Note: Lot 2 and Lot 8 are faculty/staff parking only. Lot 3 is designated for dental lab patients.

Student Resources

The Financial Aid Office is offering drop-in workshops (no appointment necessary!) to help you complete your FAFSA or Dream Act application.

For more information, visit the Financial Aid Office page.

Be sure to purchase your textbooks and school supplies at the on-campus Bookstore! You can even order your books online and pick them up in store. Also, consider taking advantage of the Bookstore’s Textbook Rental Program where you’ll pay, on average, less than half the price of a new textbook.

Get involved with the campus community, find your passion, and make new friends!

Associated Students
Student Activities

If you require disability-related accommodations and/or services during the Spring semester, visit Disability Support Services (DSS) in CCCPLX 100 or call (714) 484-7014.

Disability Support Services

Learn more about programs to get you moving in the right direction and jumpstart your success like EOPS, Honors, Legacy, Puente, and (STEM)2!

EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs & Services)
Special Programs
Study Abroad

Be sure to take advantage of our library and tutoring services for a successful semester!

English Success Center

Math Learning Center
Smart Thinking (Online Tutoring)

Many Cypress College students transfer to a four-year university, or find employment right after receiving their degree or certificate. Make sure you’re on the right track by visiting counselors who will help you plan your path.

Career Planning Center
Cranium Cafe (Online Counseling)
Transfer Center

In an effort to help Cypress students focus more on succeeding in school and less on where their next meal is coming from, Cypress College is happy to offer Food Bank services in the Student Activities Center. Launched in Spring 2017, tens of students have and continue to benefit from the program. For more information, please contact Becky Rojas or Dave Okawa in the SAC.

Looking for other resources to make sure you’re starting off on the right track physically and mentally?

Campus Map
Health Center
Online Workshops

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m a new student and need some help getting oriented. Where do I go first?

The Student Center (Building 19) should be your first stop when you have questions. It houses Admissions & Records, where you’d go for questions pertaining to enrollment and registration, transcripts, name and address changes, etc.; the Bursar, to pay fees; the Counseling Center, to make appointments and meet with a counselor; the Career Planning Center, to figure out your long-term path and assist with employment; and the Transfer Center, to assist with preparing to transfer to a four-year university.

Student Ambassadors are also on campus to help you with any questions you may have throughout the semester. Visit them at the Welcome Center in the Student Center at the first counter next to Admissions & Records.

I’m having a problem logging in to myGateway. Who do I contact?

Please contact Admissions & Records at (714) 484-7346 or email the District IS Helpdesk regarding any problems with myGateway.

How much is a semester parking pass at Cypress College, and how do I register my vehicle?

A semester parking pass costs $35 for an automobile and $20 for a motorcycle. Cypress College has an automated parking system that does not require a physical parking pass or decal. This link provides a step-by-step guide showing how to register your vehicle.

Note: This semester, there is a two-week grace period for permit enforcement at the beginning of the semester (January 29-February 9). All other parking violations will be enforced during this grace period.

For other parking-related questions, please see the Parking FAQ.

I want to add a class, but had to go on the waitlist. 

If you’re attempting to add a class and myGateway asks for an add authorization code, it means the class is full or is not available for registration because it has already begun (or is about to begin). Distribution of these codes is at the discretion of the faculty member, and is generally done on the first day of classes. If a waitlist is available for a full class, you should be given the option to add to it.

When you are on a waitlist (or waitlists), we strongly encourage you to check your myGateway messages channel on a regular basis. If a spot opens up for you, a notification will appear in your messages. We’ll also attempt to send you an email. However, some providers (ahem, Yahoo!) aggressively block email from cypresscollege.edu and nocccd.edu.

Waitlists expire at midnight on the day the class begins. That means that on the first day a class meets, there’s no longer a waitlist. Instead, the list is included in priority order on the instructor’s roster as a tool to help faculty with the petition process. So, if you’re on a waitlist, you’ll need to attend the first class meeting in hopes of obtaining an add code. Likewise, if you’re petitioning a class, you’ll want to arrive early to the first class meeting. Since your name isn’t on the roster or the waitlist, you’ll want to let the instructor know before class that you’re petitioning.

I need help paying for textbooks. What assistance does Cypress College offer?

There are a number of ways Cypress College helps you to be as prepared for class as possible. The Bookstore offers a textbook rental program for a number of classes offering savings up to 80%. Check to see if your course textbook is included.

The Cypress College Foundation may be able to assist you with purchasing textbooks by providing a book loan. Visit the office on the 3rd Floor of College Complex in CCCPLX 301 starting the first week of school. Call (714) 484-7126 for more information.

Finally, stop by the EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs & Services) Office to find out if you qualify for their book service program. Call (714) 484-7368 for more information.

Does Cypress College offer scholarships?

Yes, the Cypress College Foundation offers a number of scholarships for students. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now available in the Foundation Office (located on the 3rd Floor of College Complex in CCCPLX 301), the Financial Aid Office, and online! Applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5 p.m. Please note, submitting applications early for the Bernard Osher Scholarship is strongly recommended; priority is placed on the submission date.

The Foundation Office also keeps a binder of external scholarships for students to look through year-round.

For more information, please call (714) 484-7126.

Have a specific question not addressed here? Check out our Contact Us page or Campus Directory to get in touch with someone who can help!