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New and Returning Students

​​​ ​​Application Process

A new SCC student is someone who has never attended either Santiago Canyon College (SCC) or Santa Ana College (SAC).  A returning student is a student who attended SCC or SAC, did not enroll for two (2) primary semesters (Fall AND Spring), and now wishes to return. Both new and returning student must fill out an application to the college by going to CCCApply in order to be eligible to register in classes.  After applying to the college, you will receive an email confirmation from CCCApply.  A second email will be sent from SCC within 3 business days with important registration information.  After you receive the second email you will ​be able to log onto WebAdvisor​ to view your registration date.


New and returning students are part of the Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) legislated by the Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012 which requires students to complete the following services in order to register on their assigned date.

After applying to SCC... 

  1. Placement Testing:  You must take placement tests in Math, English, or American College English for ESL prior to registering at SCC.  Placement testing is done by appointment only.  You can access your student ID number through WebAdvisor which you will need to schedule your placement tests through our online system at

    Disability Accommodations:  Students who require disability-related accommodations for placement tests must request them at least two weeks prior to testing and provide disability verification from a qualified professional.  To arrange for testing accommodations, contact Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) at 714-628-4860

  2. If You Attended Another College:  If you recently completed placement tests and/or completed English, Math, or another course that meets a prerequisite requirement at a regionally accredited college, you may be exempt from taking SCC's placement tests.  To determine your eligibility, contact the Counseling Department at 714-628-4800 and ask for a "course prerequisite clearance" appointment.

  3. New Student Orientation:  New student orientation is required of all incoming students.  Information will be provided at placement testing and/or your counseling appointment.

Placement testing and/or course prerequisite clearance, new student orientation, and academic advisement are required of all incoming students.  If you have circumstances you believe exempt you from requirements ​#1 or #2 listed above, you may file an exemption request form available here: Exemption Request Form