Frequently Asked Questions about Classes, in General:
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When Do Classes Begin?
- Fall Semester: Fourth Monday in August
- Winter Intersession: Second Monday in January
- Spring Semester: Fourth Monday in February
- Summer Intersession: Third Monday of May
Please refer to the college calendar
for more specific information.
What if the Class is Full?
If the class is full at the time of registration, a limited number of students can place themselves on a wait list, which allows the student to add their name during registration to a list of students waiting to enroll in a full or closed class. Getting on a wait list does not enroll the students in a class, but it does establish a priority for adding the class. To add, students must attend the first class meeting, obtain an "add label" from the instructor, and process the add by using the online or telephone or registration prior to the labels expiration date.
Tip: Before the class starts, check the touchtone registration system periodically for openings, students sometimes drop. You may get on a waiting list through the registration system approximately one week before classes start
What if a Class is Cancelled?
In the event of the cancellation of a class the student may have several options.
- In some instances the college may decide to provide an alternate section of the course
- The student may find an open section and add
- The student may add another course and contact the Bursar’s Office for information about transferring fees
- The student may apply for a refund in person at the Bursar’s Office
Refunds are not automatically distributed, the student must apply for the refund in person. The $10.00 refund charge does not apply to cancelled classes. Please check with the Bursar’s Office regarding refund deadlines and procedures.
How Do I Drop a Class?
A student may drop the class online
or telephone registration at (909) 595-6722, Option 1 for Registration. The student may also drop a class, in person, at the Office of Admissions and Records. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure classes are dropped according to established deadlines. In all cases, it is important to print out your registration to have a record/proof of the courses for which you are officially registered.
What Does Credit/No-Credit Mean?
Mt. San Antonio College offers several courses that may be taken for a letter grade (A, B, C, D, and F), or Credit/No-Credit (CR or NC). Upon registration students are signed up on a letter-grade basis. If a change is desired the student must declare his or her intent to be graded on a Credit / No-Credit basis at the Office of Admissions and Records within the first 30% of that class’ term (no later than the end of the fifth week of a semester-long class). Credit / No-Credit does not affect the student’s GPA and is not transferable to most institutions. If a student is unsure about taking a class for a grade or for credit, he or she should speak to a counselor in the Counseling Office
. Credit/No-Credit is not the same as Non-Credit or Community Education
How Do I Transfer Units From Another College/University to Mt. SAC?
You must first contact all accredited colleges, universities, and trade schools you have attended, and ask that official transcripts be sent to the Office of Admissions and Records at Mt. San Antonio College. Hand carried transcripts will be accepted if the official transcripts are still sealed in the original envelope of the Registrar. If you opened the envelope you will need to request another copy from the institution. Mt. San Antonio College will only transfer units from other institutions at the student’s request and only after receiving official transcripts from all institutions attended. It is the responsibility of the student to request the evaluation of official transcripts from other colleges. This may be accomplished by submitting a completed Evaluation Request form at the Office of Admissions and Records. Transcripts submitted become the property of Mt. San Antonio College District and can not be returned
to the student or forwarded to other institutions.
What is Mt. SAC’s School Code?
Mt. SAC has many codes. The following are the most common used. The CEEB, or College Board Code, is commonly used on CSU and UC applications. Mt. SAC’s CEEB Code is 004494. The FICE, or Federal Code, is commonly used on Financial Aid forms. Mt. SAC’s FICE Code is 001245.
How is my Priority Date Assigned?
Mt. San Antonio College is required by the
State of California (Title 5, Section 58108)
to establish a system of providing an equal
and fair chance for all students to register
for the classes they need throughout their
college career. Mt. SAC’s priority
registration was established to enable students
to enter and be able to complete their
educational goals within a reasonable time
frame. Students are not allowed to register
before their assigned date and time as
published on his or her Permit to Register
or on https://my.mtsac.edu/ The College
is not in the practice of "changing"
or "swapping" priority dates.
Priority is given to groups of students as
defined by categories. Students who fall
in the same category are then prioritized
by a point system that is based on units
completed and grades received. Students
within the same category with the same
number of points are then randomly assigned
(Because of this random assignment it is
possible that two students with the same
units completed and same G.P.A. to be
assigned priority dates that may be days
How Do I Return to Mt. SAC if I Have Not attended for at Least a Year?
Simply complete a new Application for Admission. Mt. SAC will always maintain records of the classes taken at Mt. SAC. However, if transcripts were brought from another school, those records may have been purged and duplicates may be required. Orientation will not be required for students who have previously participated in Orientation or students that have completed more than one unit of credit, but updated placement testing may be necessary. Counselors are available to help students get back on track. Students who were enrolled or who filed an Application for Admission during the previous semester will automatically receive a permit to register and need not reapply.
What courses should I take my first semester?
Only the courses you want to take. There are no specific courses which must be completed your 1st semester. It is recommended, NOT required, that you concentrate on your English/Math early but if you can't get into either class, they can wait until the next semester.
How many units do I have to take?
That's entirely up to you. Twelve (12) units is full-time student status -- but if you register for fewer than 12, that's okay too. The college sets a limit of 18 units for all students. Students wishing to enroll in more than 18 units in a fall or spring semester or 7 units in a winter or summer term must see a counselor for approval. Three unit classes meet three hours per week with six hours of study time required outside of class. That equals nine hours total of in-class and study time! Full time students enrolled in 12 units spend 36 hours total of in-class and study time per week. Wow! That's almost a full time job!
If I get a D or F in a course, do I have to repeat it?
You may want to meet with a counselor in order to decide whether or not the course requires repetition. In most cases, you will want to earn a "C" grade or better. Students are allowed to repeat a course once, where a D or F grade was earned. Once a course has been repeated, the original or lower grade will remain on your transcript but will be removed from your GPA.
What is Meant by Prerequisite Requirements?
Mt. San Antonio College has established course prerequisites. Prerequisites are generally predictors of successful course completion. To enroll in a class that has a basic skills prerequisite, you must have verification of satisfactory test results on file. All course prerequisites listed must be completed with a grade of "C" or better, unless otherwise stated. If you fail to observe the prerequisite or corequisite regulations you may be dropped from any courses in which you are improperly enrolled.
Students with limited English skills are not prohibited from enrolling in vocational courses. Students who do not meet validated prerequisites as determined by the faculty, may consult the appropriate Division Dean for alternative considerations.
What If I took Prerequisite Courses at Another School?
Transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records prior to the time of registration. High school transcripts will be evaluated for Math and Chemistry course work. College and university transcripts will be evaluated for Math, English, and Chemistry course work only. If a student wishes to take a course with a prerequisite other than Math, English, or Chemistry (ie. many CIS classes require other computer-related courses) the student must take a copy of his or her transcripts the appropriate division office to obtain an override.
What does it mean when a course is Pre-Collegiate?
Courses designated as "Pre-Collegiate" develop basic skills in reading, writing, and computation. They will not count toward graduation from Mt. SAC or transfer to a 4-year baccalaureate college or university.
What is a reference number?
The reference number used during the registration process refers to the six digit number assigned to each section of a course. This number can be found next to the class day, time, professor, and location information in the schedule of classes.