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Frequently Asked Questions

    • Which courses do I have to take during my first semester?

      There are NO specific courses that must be completed during your first semester. It is recommended, NOT required, that you concentrate on your English and Math requirements — but if you can’t get into an English or Math class, try taking them the next semester, or during the summer.  Please make an appointment with a Counselor/Advisor as soon as possible.

    • Which do I take first, my major or my G.E. classes?

      Major and General Education (G.E.) courses are designed to be taken at the same time.  Please see a Counselor/Advisor to develop an educational plan to help you meet your educational goal.

    • How many units do I have to take?

      That’s entirely up to you. Twelve units gives you full-time student status. But if you register for fewer than 12, that’s ok, too.  The College sets a limit of 18 units for all students. Students wishing to enroll in more than 18 units in one semester must get a counselor’s approval. Students are limited to 7 units for summer and winter sessions.

    • What do I do if the class I want is closed?

      If the class you want to enroll in is closed, you must attend the first class meeting, obtain an “add authorization code” from the instructor, and process the add authorization code via your Mt. SAC portal prior to the codes expiration date.

    • What do I do if I still have questions?

      Make an appointment with a Counselor/Advisor if you need additional assistance choosing a major or career. To make an appointment, call (909) 274-4380. If you would like additional assistance choosing classes, visit the Counseling Center on the second floor of the Student Services Center.

    • How long will it take to earn an Associate degree?

      The length of time it may take you to receive a degree depends on your chosen area of study and the number of units you complete each semester. Many students earn their degrees in four semesters; others take longer.

    • Can I transfer to a university without an Associate degree?

      Yes. However, by taking courses required for transfer, you will more likely meet the requirements for an associate degree as well. Check with a Counselor or Advisor.