How to Apply & register in Credit Classes

Welcome to MiraCosta College! Ready to get started? Follow the steps below to begin your educational journey!

We encourage new students to attend Spartan Start. Attending Spartan Start will help you become familiar with the campuses, learn about social and academic resources, and connect with professors, staff, and students for a great start at MiraCosta College.

(See step 4 for important information about clearing prerequisites)

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Note: clicking the button will take you to another site. If you have a copy of your high school transcripts available you may want to have it handy when filling out the application as there are questions about your coursework and grades.

MiraCosta College uses CCCApply to process all of our applications. Submitting an online application is a two-step process. First: create an OpenCCC account (CCC stands for California Community Colleges). Second: continue to "Start New Application" for MiraCosta College. (see PDF Instructions).

If you are a continuing student (i.e. have not had two semesters or more off) you do not need to submit a new application.

If you are a returning student (i.e. have been gone more than two semesters) you will need to follow the steps above to submit a new application.

All students (new and current) must complete matriculation in order to qualify for priority registration. Matriculation gets you off to a great start on your college career and leads to higher student success. The easiest way to take yourself through all the steps for matriculation is to log into your SURF Account and use the Matriculation Activity Guide! Matriculation has four parts:
1. Assessment/Placement
The placement process is intended to help place you in courses in which you will thrive. Some students may meet specific criteria to be exempt from taking the English and/or Mathematics Assessments through alternative multiple measures. Contact or visit the Testing Office to determine eligibility for placement based on your high school transcript.
2. Orientation
Orientation provides an overview of how to register in classes, services available to students, and tips for college success. Students can complete orientation online (through your SURF account) or on-campus at Spartan Start.
3. Advisement
The online advisement module (through your SURF account) helps you choose the right courses to meet your academic goal. You will complete a first-semester Abbreviated Educational Plan in the online Advisement module.
4. Education Planning

To receive a Comprehensive Educational Plan or update your Educational Plan, meet with a Counselor. For more information, contact the Counseling Department.

Matriculation Activity Guide

We have several tools available for you to use while choosing your classes. Before your application has been processed by logging onto SURF as a guest. (Click the "View Surf" link under "DON'T HAVE A SURF ID"). In order to search for classes in SURF make sure that you set the correct Term, enter the subject and Course Career = Credit.
IMPORTANT: Sending an official transcript to MiraCosta College will not automatically clear prerequisites or cause your English/Math to be cleared for priority enrollment you must also submit the Prerequisite/Priority Enrollment Form.

Once you have your SURF ID you can log into SURF to use our additional tools:

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myEdPlan is an electronic tool to help you see which courses you need to complete your academic goal

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Schedule Builder is an electronic tool to help you build your class schedule once you know which classes you need.

If your course(s) require a prerequisite you must clear the prerequisite prior to enrolling for the course.

Coursework from another school that is being used to clear the prerequisite at MiraCosta must be submitted to Admissions and Records with the Prerequisite/Priority Enrollment Form. MiraCosta will accept Official or Unofficial transcripts for proof of completion of prerequisite coursework as long as the school name, student name, course and grade are clearly visible.

Placement test from another California Community College may be used to clear the prerequisite at MiraCosta and must be submitted to the Testing Office (email: See all the alternatives to taking an assessment test.

Log into your SURF Account to register in and pay for your classes.

We have plenty of tutorials to help you navigate if you get stuck!

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