Enrollment at Copper Mountain College

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    1. Fill Out Application for Admission Online

    Apply Online! Students must complete an online application for admission prior to taking the assessment test. Please note it takes 24 hours for your application to upload to CMC's database. Please call 760-366-3791, ext. 4232 to obtain your CMC Student ID #, "Coyote Tracks ID #."


    2. Complete Orientation Online


    3. Take Assessment Test

    The Assessment Test identifies the best level of English, reading, and mathematics courses at which students need to begin their college program of study. All matriculated students are required to take the Assessment Test, except those students who have completed English Composition and Intermediate Algebra with grades of "C" or higher at another accredited college or university. The Assessment Test is not a timed exam. Students should allow approximately two hours to complete the test comfortably. To schedule an appointment, call Admissions & Records at 760-366-3791, ext. 4232. Please remember to bring a picture ID and your CMC Student ID #. Testing is also available at the Base Programs Office: 760-366-3791, ext. 4368.

    Please arrive at least 10 minutes early for the test. Results and score interpretation are provided immediately following the exam. Students should keep the test results and bring them when meeting with a counselor, advisor or when attending orientation.

    Assessment Testing

    Non-CMC students taking the assessment test at CMC for another college, will be assessed a $5.00 fee.

    Before taking the Assessment Test you may want to practice with the free prep review test available at www.testprepreview.com On the left hand side, click on the second link in the list "Accuplacer Test Practice." Also visit www.collegeboard.com/students/testing/accuplacer for more information.

    If you have taken the Assessment Test at the high school, please bring a copy of your Assessment Test results to Admissions & Records at CMC's Main Campus.

    4. Fill Out Financial Aid Paperwork

    You may qualify for a Board of Governors Waiver (BOGW) for fees. See the Financial Aid Office for details. You may also be eligible to receive a Pell Grant or other forms of aid to assist with school expenses. Fill out the "FAFSA" application as soon as possible. Students applying for financial aid need to apply as early as possible to avoid delays in receiving funds. FAFSA applications are available in the Financial Aid Office in the Office of Student Services and the Base Programs Office, and online at: www.fafsa.ed.gov

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    Enrollment Information

    Criminal Background Checks

    Some academic programs at the College require a criminal background check.  Students should be aware that the results of the background check may have an impact on academic program eligibility or clinical/community site placement.  You may be denied access to a program on the basis of the results of the background check.  The College is required to comply with licensing requirements and with policies of our partner agencies.  If you have a felony or a misdemeanor in your background, please see your program director to discuss the impact on your academic and professional career.

    Special Enrollment Notes

    Resident and Non-Resident Students

    Residents are persons who can provide proof of having lived in California for at least one year prior to the first day of a given semester or summer session. Dependent students, coming from outside the state, must provide proof they have been supported by a parent or guardian who is a resident of California.

    Non-Residents are adults who have not resided in the State of California for one year prior to the start of the term they wish to attend. In some cases, students who are non-resident but who attended high school in California for 3 years AND received a high school diploma or its equivalent may be exempt from non-resident fees. Check with Admissions and Records. Note: Higher fees apply to non-residents.

    High School Students - Also see K-12 Concurrent Enrollment

    Students still in high school may attend the college if recommended by the high school and approved by the parent. Such recommendations should be because the student has exhausted the offering at the high school in a particular discipline or the course is not offered at the high school.

    High school students who meet certain requirements may take Copper Mountain College classes for high school or college credit. They must be capable of "advanced scholastic or vocational work." Interested students should complete the K-12 Concurrent Enrollment form or request it from their high school or CMC Student Services. Signatures of a school official and the parent are required. Regular fees apply.

    Returning Students

    Returning students are those students who have attended the college but stopped out or went elsewhere and now wants to return to CMC. If it has been within the past three years they only need to complete the Application for Admission short-form. If it has been longer than three years, they must complete the regular Application for Enrollment. Those returning after attending another college must have the official transcript sent to CMC.

    Transfer Students

    Transfer students are those students who have attended college elsewhere prior to attending college at CMC.

    California Community College Fee Increase

    EFFECTIVE SUMMER 2012: California State Legislature increased the community college State-mandated enrollment fee to $46.00 per unit. This does affect Summer and Fall 2012 registration fees. Students are responsible for the difference in fees.

    Full or Closed Classes

    When a course reaches its maximum capacity, students cannot be added to the course. Maximum capacities for classroom courses are based on the maximum fire code capacity per each room where the course will be taught. Maximum capacities for online courses are based on faculty contracts and cannot be adjusted. Students who find that desired courses are closed are encouraged to check the Schedule of Classes to select an alternative section of those courses.

    Wait Listing

    Once a class is full, the next person trying to enroll will become the first person on the wait list and be the first person to be offered a seat in the class if someone drops or becomes an "instructor drop" for non-attendance. Coyote Tracks (student database) tracks who is next in line to be offered the open seat in the class.

    In order to be wait listed in a class, you must have a campus email address via the MyCMC portal. If you are the first person on the wait list and a seat becomes available, you will be notified via email, you will then have until the end of the business day, to come into Admissions & Records and register for that class or you can register for the class online through the MyCMC portal until 11:59 pm if no holds are on your student account.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

    Wait List Restrictions:

    Students are restricted to being either in a section or on one wait list for a section of that course. However, a student can be on a wait list for a Chem class and on a wait list for an English class, as these are not the same course. No multiple wait listing for the same course within different sections is permitted, but they can be wait listed on multiple separate courses.

    Students cannot "crash" a class! This is why we have wait listing.

    Auditing a course is not permitted.

    Contact Information

    Admissions & Records
    Copper Mountain College
    6162 Rotary Way
    P.O. Box 1398
    Joshua Tree, CA 92252

    (760) 366-3791, ext. 4232
    (760) 366-5257 fax

    For general inquiries, please email Lynda Burns: lburns@cmccd.edu

    Office Location
    Student Services is located in the 300 Quad, next to Bruce's Coyote Kitchen.

    Regular Hours:

    Monday-Thursday 8:15a-5:00p
    Friday 8:15a-3:00p

    We are closed on all legal and college holidays.

    2016-2017 Academic Calendar

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