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Steps to Success for New Students

Welcome! As a new student to Fresno City College (FCC), your college success is important to us so we highly encourage you to follow the steps in order as listed below.


For a PDF print version of this checklist:


Click here for the Summer/Fall 2015 checklist » Su/Fall 2015 New Students Steps to Success






ATTENTION Current High School Students - Please contact your high school for information on the Registration-to-Go Matriculation process offered at your high school campus or visit the

SCCCD Registration-to- Go website.


Step 1: First Things First

Step 2: Financial Aid

Step 3: Complete the New Student Orientation

Step 4: Assessment/Placement Test

Step 5: Counseling--Get on Track!

Step 6: Register for Classes

Step 7: Pay Fees

Step 8: Textbooks

Step 9: Attend Classes and Important Dates



Step 1: First Things First

  1. Complete the Online Admissions Application. The application is normally processed within 2 business days and you will be notified of your State Center Community College District (SCCCD) Identification number (Student ID Number). You will receive an email acknowledging your admission acceptance. This email will be sent to the email address you indicated on your application.
    • Be sure to memorize your SCCCD ID number or keep it with you—you’ll need it when you get to campus. 
  2. Set Up Your College Accounts. After you receive confirmation that your application has been processed and accepted, you can set up your college accounts:
    • WebAdvisor account - Go to WebAdvisor to access important college information. First time WebAdvisor users should follow these instructions:
      1. Enter your User ID - lastname_SCCCD ID# (e.g. smith_0123456)
      2. Enter your password – use your 6-digit date of birth MMDDYY (e.g. 021083)
      3. Once you have accessed WebAdvisor, change your password.
      4. Add a password hint in case you forget your password later.
      5. If you need help logging on to WebAdvisor, call (559) 499-6070
    • SCCCD Student Email - Email is the official form of communication for all SCCCD students. A free student email account will be assigned to you within two (2) working days of your application being processed.
      1. To access your SCCCD email messages, you must first activate it by going to: After you activate your account, you can login and check your messages.
      2. If you need help activating your student email account, call (559) 499-6070. 

Step 2: Financial Aid

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at: If you need assistance in completing the FAFSA, visit the Financial Aid Computer Lab in the FCC Library, room 123.
  • Visit the FCC Financial Aid webpage and review important Financial Aid information and deadlines. You can also contact the Financial Aid office at (559) 442-8245 if you have any questions.
  • Check your SCCCD student email regularly for follow-up information and instructions. This will be the only form of communication between you and the Financial Aid Office.

Step 3: Complete the New Student Orientation

All new students are required to participate in a new student orientation. In order to release your course registration hold, you must complete the Fresno City College Online Orientation. Your registration hold will be released within 2 business days.

Step 4: Assessment/Placement Test

As a new student, it is important that the college assist you in to determining your skill level in English and Math which will help you make appropriate course selections.


You may be exempt from taking the English and/or Math placement tests. Please refer to the Assessment Center  for a complete list of testing exemptions, testing schedule, test samples, and procedures.




Step 5: Counseling – Get on Track!

After completing the online orientation, the next step is to complete your Student Educational Plan (SEP).


New students can register for a Ram Success Workshop by visiting College Relations. The Ram Success Workshop will help students to obtain an SEP, understand FCC resources, student email, and how to register for courses on WebAdvisor.


Students with additional questions can visit the Counseling Department located on the upper-level of the Student Services Building or call (559) 442-8226.

Step 6: Register for Classes

  1. You can register by using the following methods:
    • Online using WebAdvisor
    • On-campus in the Admissions & Records office (Lower-level of the Student Services Building)
  2. Before you register, make sure all prerequisite requirements have been met. If the prerequisite was taken and passed outside the SCCCD campuses sites, bring your transcripts indicating the passing grade to the Counseling Department for review.
    • High school or college transcripts showing that you took the prerequisite course(s) and/or earned a passing score on the appropriate Advanced Placement exam within the past two years.
    • A copy of your STAR testing report showing that you passed the Early Assessment Program (EAP) in English and/or Math (applies only if you just graduated from high school).

Step 7: Pay Fees

a. Student Fees

b. Fee Payment Schedule/Deadlines

c. Associated Student Body (ASB) Card [Student ID Card]: Pay at Business Office (OAB-151A) and take receipt to Student Lounge located next to the Cafeteria.

d. If receiving Financial Aid, contact Financial Aid Office at (559) 442-8245.

Step 8: Textbooks

Step 9: Attend Classes and Remember These Important Dates

Attend your classes on the first day they meet. You may be dropped from a class if you fail to attend the first class meeting. Be aware of the important dates below. For additional dates and deadlines, visit the Admissions and Records.


Important Instructional Dates



Summer 2015 Session  


Fall 2015 Semester   

 May 26, 2015    Start of 4-week & 10-week session  August 17, 2015  Fall 2015 begins 
 June 15, 2015  Start of 8-week session j
 June 22, 2015  Start of 6-week session  December 18, 2015   Fall 2015 ends



Again, welcome to Fresno City College and congratulations for taking your first steps toward a successful college experience.



Last updated: 7/9/2015 8:11:14 AM