Fall 2020 Semester Central

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The fall 2020 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

Currently, the Campus Bookstore is offering curbside pickup for orders placed online on Monday–Thursday at 9 a.m.–2 p.m. and Friday at 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Beginning August 3, the Bookstore will offer limited-contact sales of all its products via a Bookstore Walk-Up window on Monday–Thursday at 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Friday at 8 a.m.–12 p.m., in addition to the curbside pickup.

Does Cypress College offer scholarships?

Yes, the Cypress College Foundation offers a number of scholarships for students. Scholarships for the 2020–21 school year have already been awarded. Applications for the 2021–22 school year will be available in spring 2021.

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 14. The final deadline is Friday, September 25.

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
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

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.

Currently, the Campus Bookstore is offering curbside pickup for orders placed online on Monday–Thursday at 9 a.m.–2 p.m. and Friday at 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Beginning August 3, the Bookstore will offer limited-contact sales of all its products via a Bookstore Walk-Up window on Monday–Thursday at 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Friday at 8 a.m.–12 p.m., in addition to the curbside pickup.

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
If you require disability-related accommodations and/or services during the fall semester, visit the Disability Support Services (DSS) web pages for more information.

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.

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 2020 Open Class list.

You can register for classes without an add code up to the first day of school, Monday, August 24. 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 2020).
  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.