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Welcome Back: Get Ready for Mt. SAC

Fall 2018 first day
By Robert Bledsoe

August 22, 2019 - 04:57 PM

The Fall semester begins Monday, August 26, and Mt. SAC wants new and returning students to have all the latest information so they get to their classes and take advantage of all that the campus has to offer.

Classes can still be added

The Mt. SAC website has an online tool showing what classes are open.

A lot can be done on the Student Web Portal

When students registered for classes, they set up their own Student Web Portal. Many things can be done through this portal, as well as giving important announcements and updates. Students are encourage to check it out frequently.

They have an App for thatMountie App

With a smartphone or tablet, students can download the free Mountie App, which can provide class information, maps and other useful information on the go. Classes can even be added via the app.


During the first two weeks of school this fall, a student parking permit is not required in the Student Parking Lots.  Starting September 9, 2019, students must have a student parking permit or else expect a parking citation. Students can purchase a permit online in their student portal (

There is no parking in lots, spaces and rows marked for “STAFF” without a staff permit. Metered parking spaces are designed for guests and are paid at the time of use. Violations will result in citations.  

One change for this school year is that Lot A is no longer split between a pay-by-the-day lot and a Student Lot. Students with a permit may use the entire lot, except those spots marked for staff, of course.

Foothill Transit busBus Pass

Mt. SAC students who live in Foothill Transit’s service area can ride to school for free, not worry about parking permits and be more environmentally conscious.  Students are entitled to a free Foothill Transit bus pass with unlimited rides through the Class Pass Program.

The pass can be used for bus rides 24/7, including the Silver Streak to Downtown LA. Passes are distributed at the Sac Book Rac (bookstore) during the first week of school.

Check out all Foothill Transit’s 39 bus lines throughout 22 cities HERE.

Emergencies happen. Stay notified.

Students may sign up for emergency alerts on their Student Portal ( under Campus Emergency Notification System. When emergencies happen on campus, a phone call, email and text message are sent out with vital information.

Free Planner and MapsCampus map and planner

Student planners and newly updated pocket maps of the campus are available at locations across campus, including the Student Services Building and Information Booths. They are helpful tools to stay organized, remember important dates and deadlines, and just getting around.


Books required in classes are available at the Sac Book Rac (bookstore) before the first day of class. Check online to see what books are needed for a class and be sure to explore the rental program to save money.

Become Involved = Have Fun

College isn’t just about class. Many people say the best time of their lives happened during their college years. To get the most out of college, students should aim to get involved in activities, sports, clubs and any of the numerous things going on across campus. It’s a great way to make friends, develop interests and try out new things.  

Mt. SAC studentsCheck out the Office of Student Life to see how to get involved in clubs and activities.

Also, following Mt. SAC on social media is a great way to find out what’s happening around campus. In addition, departments, programs, and many activities around campus have their own social media sites to keep students informed of everything going on.

What’s up with the Syllabus?

Students should read their class syllabus carefully. Professors write them as a kind of roadmap to a good grade. They will have important information about their expectations, deadlines and tests.

A final welcome from Joe Mountie

Good ol’ Joe Mountie, the college’s mascot, welcomes all the new and returning student Mounties with open arms.

“Mt. SAC is here to serve everyone and we hope you can find exactly what you were looking for in a college,” said Joe, running his grizzled fingers through the snowy ruffles of beard.  

“We have students still in high school, older adult students transitioning to new careers and even retired studentsJoe Mountie who now have the time to pursue an interest they have had all their lives. We have folks from every walk of life, every culture in Southern California, and we look to provide each with a customized education. We want them to get exactly where they want to go in life. Enjoy college, Mounties, and keep reaching higher!”