The Office of President JoAnna Schilling
Welcome to Cypress College! Whether you are a new or returning student, or even coming back to college after an extended absence, we are delighted you have chosen to take your educational journey with us; we encourage your full participation in all the college has to offer. Although the pandemic has changed the way we offer services on our campus – which will continue this year in person as well as virtually for your convenience – all the things you need, including policies and resources are always available to you whether on campus or in a virtual format.
Cypress College is proud to be a Guided Pathways college. This means it is our goal and responsibility to provide you with the tools you need to identify and acquire the knowledge and skills to move ahead in your education, to advance to a better job, or to support your journey of lifelong learning. We want to make navigating college and the classes you will need to accomplish your goals, a clear and simple process. Please access our Program Mapper, located on each academic webpage, to guide you in the possible majors and areas of interest, and to provide an outline of the courses you should be taking each semester in order to achieve your degree or certificate.
Cypress College has a vibrant community of faculty, counselors, and staff members committed to your success, and we all believe that the most important part of the college is supporting you in your academic journey. We hope you will take the opportunity to participate in student government, in our performing arts productions, in student clubs, on our athletic fields, and in our club and academic communities. We also encourage you to rediscover our fabulous campus and facilities. We have two new buildings since the campus closed in March 2020 – the new Veterans Resources Center and Science Engineering and Math buildings, which are both open and ready to serve your needs – as well as the newly remodeled Student Activity Center and the new Puente and Legacy Program spaces in the Humanities Building. Come discover Cypress College and find out why we were named the #1 Community College in California in 2018 and again in 2020.
As I write this, we are all rediscovering a new way of life after a global and life-altering pandemic, which has changed all of us in new and challenging ways. Although this crisis may have changed the way we deliver our services to you, it has not diminished the vast array of support services that we can offer you, such as counseling, tutoring, library, mental health and wellness services, and special program support. I encourage you to reach out with questions, concerns, and let us help. Whether you come on campus or reach out in a virtual environment, we are here to ensure you have the guidance and assistance you need to be successful.
We hope you take the opportunity as a Cypress College student to participate in the many activities that will support your education. If you have questions, please use our college staff as a resource. Our motto is “No Wrong Door,” which means that every door you knock upon – whether virtual or in person – will be opened by a person committed to providing you with the guidance and support you need. We are interested in you and your success, so please do not hesitate to contact any college representative, program, or department listed in the directory if the need arises.
Buen Cypress, Chargers! We Take This Journey Together
JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.