How to Apply & Enroll in Credit Classes

Current High School Students

Current high school students who have completed the equivalent of ninth grade may attend college credit courses at MiraCosta College with the permission of their high school principal and a parent. Students wishing to receive high school credit in addition to college credit should consult with their high school counselor.

Students must be enrolled in high school and are limited to 11.0 units (8.0 units for summer session) at MiraCosta College. 

Principals from both public and private high schools may recommend college enrollment for students who have demonstrated adequate preparation in the discipline to be studied. Signatures of high school principals and their designees must be on file with the college. 

Recommendations from private high school principals for enrollment in college classes will only be accepted from private schools which have filed the proper affidavit with the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Private schools not listed as active on the California Department of Education website must provide the college with proof of filing the affidavit.  Home-schooled students must provide proof of filing as a private school OR may obtain sign-off from the local public high school that the student would normally be attending.  The local high school must be willing to accept home schooling as valid school attendance and determine whether the pupil has completed coursework sufficient to prepare him or her to undertake college-level course work.

1. Get a MiraCosta College Credit Class Schedule

You will need a class schedule for the semester you plan to attend. Class schedules are free of charge and available on campus, in local public libraries, at district high schools or can be mailed to you. To request a class schedule, call 760.795.6615 or click here for information request form.  The class schedule may also be viewed online, but it is helpful to have the printed publication. View the online class schedule (PDF).

2. Apply for Admission

Complete an online application. Or complete a paper application at the Admissions and Records Office at either campus: MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Dr. Oceanside, 92056 or MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave. Cardiff, 92007. You may not enroll in classes until your application has been processed--allow 5-7 working days.

Submit with your application: A completed Concurrent Enrollment Permit signed by your high school counselor, principal and parent. Permits are available in district high school counseling offices or click here for a Concurrent Enrollment Permit (PDF).

If you apply online, please mail or bring in your completed Concurrent Enrollment Permit or Minor’s Petition and indicate you completed an online application.

3. Enroll in Classes and Pay Fees

Once your application is processed, your information will be “in our computer”. When you go to SURF for the first time, click on “Get your SURF ID and Password Here.” You will be able to retrieve your SURF ID (also known as a Student ID) and set up a password. Keep this information secure and confidential as it will allow access into your college education records.

Check your enrollment date in the schedule of classes. Beginning Fall 2010, concurrently enrolled high school students may enroll two weeks prior to the start of the semester using the SURF online enrollment system.  Next, click on “Enrollment and Grades,” then “View Enrollment Appointment” to find out when you are eligible to enroll. To enroll online, click on SURF. You may also enroll in person in the Admissions and Records Office if you prefer not to enroll online.

MiraCosta College has waived the enrollment fee for high school students taking less than 12 units of college courses; however, all other fees must be paid at the time of enrollment - if you are planning to apply for financial aid or a Board of Governors fee waiver, make sure you complete that process with the Financial Aid Office before enrolling.

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Apply for Financial Aid

If you need financial assistance to help pay for fees and books, read the financial aid sections of the class schedule, visit the Financial Aid Office in Building 3000 on the Oceanside Campus or click here for the Financial Aid Office.  

Take the Placement Tests

The English and math tests place you in classes where you are most likely to succeed. Both tests are given on computers and do not require a reservation. You must take the placement tests before enrolling in college-level math or English. Detailed information about placement tests and alternatives to testing are included in the class schedule or click here for the Testing Office.

Attend Orientation –– In Person or Online

Orientation gives you planning tools you’ll need to succeed at MiraCosta College and  you’ll learn about college programs, requirements and services. No reservations are required. See the class schedule for orientation dates and times or click here for the orientation schedule. You can also complete orientation online.

Attend Academic Advisement

Counselors provide pre-enrollment advisement for all new students through group sessions. To attend a session, you must first complete English and math testing, and orientation. A reservation is required for an academic advisement session, click Testing Office for advisement session dates.

Buy Your Books

You can purchase textbooks in the Spartan Bookstore at either campus or online at

Attend Class

You must attend and be on time for the first class meeting. If you do not attend the first class on time, you may be dropped from the class to make room for another student. It’s a good idea to come to campus before the first day of classes to find your classrooms. Also, parking can be tight the first week of classes—allow enough time to find a parking place.

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