Admissions & Registration

Six Easy Steps to the Registration Process

Step 1: Apply Online

  • New & returning* students apply to the college at
  • Continuing students do not need to reapply.
  • Fall and summer applications filing period opens October 15.
  • Spring application filing period opens September 15.
  • The Office of Admissions and Records can be reached at (714) 484-7346,, or by clicking on the Live Help link to the right.
  • Get help with the application process through our Welcome Center.  

*Students are considered returning students if they have previously enrolled at Cypress College but have not attended for one or more semesters, or have attended another U.S. college or university.

Step 2: Orientation

  • Students are encouraged to complete the online orientation via myGateway.
  • In-person orientation appointments can be scheduled by the Assessment Center, (714) 484-7223.

Step 3: Counseling

New Students

  • Make an appointment to attend a group counseling session and create an Abbreviated Student Education Plan. Appointments can be made through the Online Counseling page.

Continuing Students & Returning* Students

  • Express counseling sessions are available during peak registration periods to answer any general questions regarding schedule planning. Students are recommended to meet with their major counselor during the semester for a 30-minute appointment for academic planning.

*Students are considered returning students if they have previously enrolled at Cypress College but have not attended for one or more semesters, or have attended another U.S. college or university.

Step 4: Assessment Process

New and returning students can complete the assessment process for math/English by completing the Guided Self-Placement or by meeting with a counselor to review all transcripts and test scores. English as a Second Language (ESL) placement tests will help determine the most appropriate ESL course for you to begin. They are available in the Assessment Center.

The Assessment Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center, (714) 484-7223. Please email to schedule an appointment.

Step 5: Financial Aid

  • Apply for Financial Aid at or the California Dream Application (for eligible AB-540 students).
  • The Financial Aid Office is located on the 1st floor of the Cypress College Complex, room 120.

Visit the Financial Aid website.

Step 6: Register for Classes and Pay Your Fees

  • Students receive registration appointments by email and can view their time on myGateway’s “Check Registration Appointment” under Registration tools on the student tab.
  • Fees are due at the time of registering and can be paid by debit or credit card on myGateway.
  • Check/money order payments can be mailed, placed in the drop box or made in person.

Cash payments must be made in person. The Office of Bursar is located on the 1st floor of the Student Center, (714) 484-7317.

Additional Important Registration Information

Before the Semester Begins:

  • Log in to myGateway and DegreeWorks to discover how these tools will help you be a successful student.
  • Buy your books.
  • Buy your parking permit, if needed. Visit for more information.
  • Visit campus before school begins to find the location of your classrooms.

After the Semester Begins:

See your counselor in your major to create a comprehensive educational plan and to get more information about the courses you should take. Make an appointment by calling the Counseling Center at (714) 484-7015. 

Special Admit Students

Special Admit students are high school students who wish to attend Cypress College and high school at the same time. Though enrollment fees are waived for high school students, they must pay for the health fee (currently $19) and any material fees. Special admit students must fill out two applications: the main one and the Special Admit Student Program Application. NOTE: Special admit students may take up to 11 units ONLY.

Dual Enrollment

Cypress College partners with area school districts to offer high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while attending high school. Students enrolled in dual enrollment courses earn credit for college classes that may be eligible to transfer to a CSU or UC institution. Courses offered in the dual enrollment program may be taken at the college or high school campus. Click here for information regarding Dual Enrollment.

Charger Experience Program (Promise)

The Charger Experience Program (Promise) is designed to provide all incoming students the foundation for success through direct engagement with academic programs and comprehensive understanding of support services.

Benefits include:

  • Two years of free tuition for all first-time college students
  • Priority registration and full-time placement
  • Academic, career, and transfer counseling, including a student education plan
  • Activities, support services, and events
  • Personalized support from Charger Experience counselors

Visit the Charger Experience Program web page or email the program at

Tuition and Fees

For California residents, the enrollment fee is $46 per unit ($84 per bachelor’s unit), $21 for the mandatory health fee, and any material fees. For non-California residents, the fee is $46 per unit ($84 per bachelors’ unit) AND $323 per unit. (Non-residents also pay the $33 Capital Outlay fee.)

Optional fees are as follows:

  • ASB sticker ($13)
  • ID card ($2.50)
  • Parking permit ($30 with financial aid, $40 without financial aid, $20 for motorcycles)
  • Student representation fee ($2)

Get more financial aid information, including the California College Promise Grant (formerly the Board of Governors fee waiver) and FAFSA.


For information regarding residency, please visit our Residency page.

International Students

If you are an international student on an F-1 visa, you may be eligible for the International Students Program.

ESL Students

Cypress College has an excellent credit ESL program that has been recognized statewide for its success. Students can find more information about credit ESL courses, including ESL 110C, our transfer-level composition course that meets the same requirements as ENGL 100, on the following pages: