Fall 2021 Semester Central

The fall 2021 semester is fast approaching, and we want to prepare you to tackle an exciting and rewarding semester. Read on to: meet live with a counselor; see frequently asked questions; find open classes; learn how to apply for graduation or certificatesdownload the mobile app; and more.

ICYMI: Semester Leadup Digest

Read through the information in the emails below to see the important information we sent in the leadup to the start of the fall semester.

Thursday, August 12 – Frequently Asked Questions

Monday, August 16 – Important Info from A&R

Tuesday, August 17 – Student Services

Wednesday, August 18 – Basic Needs and Other Resources

Thursday, August 19 – Financial Aid Information

Friday, August 20 – Academic Services

Monday, August 23 – Health and Safety Guidelines, and more

Face Coverings on Campus

As the county continues to see elevated COVID-19 cases, all NOCCCD (Cypress College, Fullerton College, NOCE, and district) employees and students —whether vaccinated or unvaccinated — are required to wear masks indoors on campus, with the following exceptions:

  • Employees working in their own workspace and not within 6 feet of others;
  • Instructors who are vaccinated may remove their masks while teaching if they remain 6 feet away from students;
  • Employees who have been approved for accommodations through Human Resources; and
  • Students who have been approved for accommodations through Student Services.

Outside of these exceptions, masks must be worn on campus at all times.

Please read through the college’s fall 2021 COVID-19 guidelines and refer to the Coronavirus Updates web page for more information.

Basic Needs & Other Resources

NEW OC Bus Pass Program

OC Bus Pass Program

Through the college’s new partnership with the OC Transit Authority, all full-time, part-time, and non-credit Cypress College students can download a FREE bus pass to ride all OC Bus fixed local routes*, valid throughout the semester. Simply download the OC Bus app and create an account with your Cypress College preferred email address (the email address at which you receive official college communications**) for your free pass*** with unlimited rides, or use your current student ID.

*Additional fare applies for OC Express and Express routes
**Check in myGateway in the “Student” tab. Click on “Update Email Addresses” in the Personal Information block on the right-hand side.
***Starting spring 2022, a nominal fee of $2.50 for full-time students and $1.50 for part-time students will be issued.

Drive-Thru Food Distribution
The Cypress College Food Pantry, located in the Student Activities Center, is offering drive-thru food distribution services on campus throughout the semester. This service will be available once a week every Wednesday, excluding holidays, with pickup in Lot 4/5 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Weekly reservations are required and may be made Thursday – Monday before that week’s Wednesday distribution via the link here or at tinyurl.com/NOCCCDFOODPROGRAM. Please save this link to make future reservations.

Laptop Rentals & WiFi Hotspots
Need to borrow a laptop or access WiFi for the fall semester? The Learning Resource Center continues to provide free Chromebook rentals and hotspots for use throughout the semester. Request yours by completing the form available here.

Once your enrollment is verified, an email will be sent with instructions and designated times to pick up the Chromebook from the LRC.

Health Services
We recognize that the past year has heightened the need to focus on both mental and physical health. To that end, the Cypress College Health Center continues to provide a number of important services, including telemental health counseling and telemedicine visits via the online Health Center Portal. The center also offers birth control consultations; addresses minor urgent care issues; prescribes birth control and other medications as needed; and provides counseling for nicotine cessation, and weight and nutrition. Visit the Health Center web page for more information here.

Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch
Cypress College is offering a free grab and go breakfast and lunch service for those eligible for financial assistance at the Charger Café Monday–Friday at 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. throughout the semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a parking permit this semester?

Parking on the Cypress College campus will be free and no permits will be required during the fall 2021 semester. If you are also attending on-campus classes at Fullerton College, you must pick up a free parking sticker at the FC Campus Safety Office to park on that that campus. 

All other parking and traffic regulations will continue to be enforced throughout the district.

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

All new students should participate in the online orientation, accessible by logging in to myGateway. Click on “Cypress” in the left-hand menu, then “Cypress College Orientation” in the top box. The orientation provides valuable introductory information to get new students started on the right track.

Have general questions? Reach out to Admissions & Records via the Virtual Front Counter where you’ll go for questions pertaining to enrollment and registration, transcripts, name and address changes, etc. Have registration questions? Try Express Counseling through Cranium Cafe to meet with a counselor. The Career Planning Center, which helps students figure out their long-term path and assist with employment; the Transfer Center, which assists students with preparing to transfer to a four-year university; the Financial Aid Office; and additional student services are also available via Cranium Cafe.

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

Please email Admissions & Records or the District IS Helpdesk regarding any problems with myGateway.

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

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 be added 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 reach out to the professor on the first day of the class in hopes of obtaining an add code. Likewise, if you’re petitioning a class, you’ll need to reach out to the professor. Since your name isn’t on the roster or waitlist, you’ll need to let the instructor know that you’re petitioning.

I need textbooks or other supplies from the Campus Bookstore. How can I get what I need?

The Cypress College Bookstore is a one-stop shop for textbooks and other course materials. Place an order for textbooks or other supplies from the comfort of your home and select curbside pickup (free) or ship to an address (additional cost).

To find out what textbooks are required for your courses, go to the Bookstore textbook search here. Make sure the term is listed as “Fall 2021.” Now choose the department, course, and section that match your course (e.g. if you’re taking ENGL 100, CRN: 10122, search department ENGL; course 100 C; and section 10122). Do this for as many courses as you want, then click “Find Materials for # Course(s).” A list of all your courses and their required and/or recommended materials, or important notes about your course materials, will appear.

Bookstore hours for the month of August are:
Through August 13, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
On August 16, store hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
On August 23, store hours will be Monday through Thursday from  7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
On August 30, store hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Does Cypress College offer scholarships?

Yes, the Cypress College Foundation offers a number of scholarships for students. Scholarships for the 2021-22 school year have already been awarded. Applications for the 2022-23 school year will be available next semester. Please keep an eye on the @Cypress newsletter, as well as the Cypress College website and social media pages for the announcement.

How do I find out about things going on around campus?

The college provides many resources for finding out about events and other ways to stay involved with the college.

  • The @Cypress newsletter is emailed every Monday and features important news and announcements, upcoming events, campus resources, student and faculty profiles, and employment information.
  • The college website includes a comprehensive event calendar that can be sorted by day of the week, time of day, and category. Important deadlines for program and graduation applications, scholarships, financial aid, and more are also included.
  • Follow us on social media!
  • The college marquee (large digital signboard at the college’s main Valley View entrance) includes important news and announcements.
  • Stay connected to everything going on at the college by downloading Cypress Connect, the college’s official app! The event module is like a mini version of the college event calendar in your pocket, and helpful push notifications will remind you about important dates and deadlines as they near.

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!

Graduation and Certificate Applications

Planning to graduate or complete a certificate at the end of the semester? You must fill out an application and submit it to Admissions and Records. The priority deadline (for CSU e-verification) is Monday, September 13; the final deadline is Friday, September 24.

Submit your application as soon as possible to get the degree/certificate evaluation process started! For more information about how to submit your application, see the Admissions & Records Graduation page.

Need help with your application? Counselors are available on a  during the first couple of weeks of the semester, and available for appointments starting week three of the semester.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office (FAFSA School Code 001193) is one of many student services available at Cypress College. Obtaining a college education is one of the most important investments you will make in your lifetime and Cypress College strongly encourages you to apply for financial aid and use the college website to navigate the various resources available to you. The Financial Aid Office staff is available to assist with questions or concerns you may have as you complete the application process.

California College Promise Grant
The California College Promise Grant (CCPG) is focused on ensuring that students who couldn’t otherwise afford to attend college are able to pursue their higher education goals. It waives the $46-per-unit tuition fee for qualifying students; eligibility, as well as academic and progress requirements, are available here. Students may apply for the CCPG by completing the FAFSA, Dream Act application, or the CCPG application in myGateway.

North Orange Promise Program/Charger Experience Program
The North Orange Promise Program offers a tuition-free college experience for eligible first-time, full-time college students attending Cypress College, Fullerton College, and North Orange Continuing Education.

Under the program, students who meet eligibility requirements will receive two years of their education completely free of tuition and health fees. Students must be:

  • First-time college students
  • High school graduates or accepted equivalency
  • A California resident, AB540 or DREAM approved applicant

Once accepted into the North Orange Promise Program, students (at a minimum) must:

  • Enroll full-time for at least 12 units in fall and spring semesters
  • Complete a current financial aid (FAFSA/CADAA) application
  • Develop a Student Education Plan with the help of our college counseling team
  • Earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the fall semester to maintain status for the spring

For more information about financial aid, visit the Financial Aid Office pages.

Student Support and Resources

All student services during the fall 2021 semester will be open both on campus and online.

Admissions & Records
For all your application, course registration, academic record, transfer evaluation, and transcript needs, contact Admissions & Records.

Associated Students, Clubs, and Student Activities
You’ll find a number of opportunities to get involved on campus, find your passion, and make new friends along the way. Join Associated Students, the college’s student government body, or find a club that fits your interests.

Bookstore hours for the month of August are:
Through August 13, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
On August 16, store hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
On August 23, store hours will be Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
On August 30, store hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Campus Safety
At Cypress College, the safety of our students, staff, visitors, and guests is paramount. Campus Safety officers patrol the campus 24/7 and provide a variety of services, including safety escorts, vehicle assistance, reports and investigations, and emergency telephones with quick access to Campus Safety personnel. Emergency procedures are also available through Campus Safety.

Counseling and Student Development
At Cypress College, we want to help you find your passion and forge a path to educational, personal, and professional success. We are with you on your journey from the very beginning, and provide a variety of counseling and student development resources. Start by meeting with a counselor to create your student educational plan. Once you’ve decided on your major, you will be assigned a counselor who is dedicated to your area of study. Express Counseling is available for those still exploring their educational options and for general registration and other questions.

Planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after completing your studies at Cypress? The Transfer Center will help you explore your options and prepare for transfer with tailored counseling, application assistance, and scholarship information. Workshops are available throughout the semester.

If you’re unsure about your path, check out the Career Planning Center (CPC) to discover your interests, values, skills, strengths, and personality; explore college majors, career pathways and occupations; research education and training options, identify and enhance your transferable skills; improve your online presence, personal brand, networking skills, and much more! The CPC holds workshops throughout the semester and also offers online workshops you can access at any time.

Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services (DSS) provides accommodations and services like adaptive equipment, alternate media, learning disability assessment, note-taking assistance, and testing accommodations to students with disabilities to ensure equitable access. Log in to the Charger Access Student Portal here to request accommodations and services.

Special Programs and Learning Communities
Learn more about programs to get you moving in the right direction and jump start your success:

  • EOPS for students with economic, linguistic, and educational challenges to succeed in higher education;
  • Honors for enriching your education through small classes enhanced by service learning experiences, research opportunities, and field trips;
  • Legacy for learning through collaborative activities drawn from the African-American experience;
  • Puente for a learning community that helps you gain skills and information to succeed while exploring the rich Latino culture;
  • (STEM)2 for those interested in a STEM-related career; and
  • a number of other programs.

Veterans Resource Center
The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) provides assistance to active duty military, veterans, and their dependents seeking to complete a degree or certificate. It also provides opportunities for peer-to-peer support for academics and wellness as well as camaraderie, mentoring, and social networking. Contact the office here for more information.

For a complete list of the college’s student services and resources, please click here.


Students may access a number of services and resources through myGateway, including paying for parking permits, student ID cards, and other fees; registering for classes; and checking grades.

If you are experiencing problems, including with login or PIN resets, contact the District Information Services Helpdesk at  ishelpdesk@nocccd.edu. For quick help, please refer to the District-provided 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 fall 2021 open class list.

You can register for classes without an add code up to the first day of school, Monday, August 23. 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.

How to Use an Add Code

  1. Login to myGateway.
  2. Click on “Add or Drop Classes” under “Registration Tools.”
  3. Select “Cypress College” and the term (Fall 2021).
  4. If adding from a waitlist, under the “Action” column change “None” to “Registered–Web” (if you’re adding a course without the waitlist, enter CRN at the bottom).
  5. Click the “Confirm Choices” button.
  6. myGateway will respond by listing the course and “INCOMPLETE” in the status column.
  7. Enter the add code in the box to the right of this.
  8. You will now see “Registered–Web” and the date in the “Status” column.
  9. Click “Complete Registration.”
  10. You’ve successfully enrolled in the class.
  11. Be sure to pay any outstanding fees.
  12. Buen Cypress! Have a great semester.