SOS – Students Obtaining Success (posted 08/21/14)

When you arrive to Sacramento City College for the start of the Fall 2014 semester, you may be asking yourself a lot of questions:  “Where is Lillard Hall?“, “How do I buy a parking permit?“, “Where can I print my class schedule?“, and “Where is the nearest bathroom?!?!?”

If you have a quick question, there is no reason for you to stand in the long lines at the Admissions counter or at the Counseling office - especially if you have to run to class in the next 5 minutes.

If you need help, just look for an SOS Welcome Table outside the bookstore, near the cafeteria entrance, and at the Rodda Hall breezeway.  At one of the many SOS Welcome Tables, you will be greeted by friendly staff, faculty, and administrators who will help you get to where you need to go!  If you need a campus map, an add/drop slip, or a list of student support services, those will be available for you at an SOS Welcome Table.

Sacramento City College cares about your success and there will be volunteers at each SOS Welcome Table to help you!  If you are not near an SOS Welcome Table, look for any SCC staff, faculty, or administrator to assist you.  You can easily find one of us with our name tag on!

The SOS Welcome Tables will be available for the first three days of the semester.  Afterwards, you are always welcome – and encouraged! - to utilize the many support services available on campus.

Do I really start school on a SATURDAY? (posted 08/13/14)

August 2014Yes, the semester officially begins on a Saturday…but not necessarily for you!

If you signed up for a class that meets on Saturdays, then you will start school on Saturday, August 23rd.

But, if you signed up for a class that meets on another day of the week – such as Monday or Tuesday – then you show up on that day…not on Saturday.

Helpful tip:  Since the campus will be open on Saturday, August 23rd, it might help to visit SCC to locate student parking, to find your classrooms, and to purchase your textbooks!  Also, some departments may be open that day – including Admissions and Counseling – so check their websites.

How to read your class schedule (posted 08/11/14)

copy of class schedule

Here is a breakdown of important things you need to know about your class schedule…

Course:  The name of the course will be listed on the very top of the box.  The sample schedule above shows the class as “Hist 311 – US Hist since 1865.”

Status: Either you are ENROLLED in a class or WAITING.  Being “enrolled” means that you are officially on the class roster and “waiting” means that you are on the wait list.  Either way, you still need to SHOW UP on the first day.

Waitlist Position: If you are on the wait list, check your number…you may have moved up since you first got on the wait list!  Even if you are #16 (as seen above), there is still a chance that you may be given a permission number by the instructor and allowed to add the class.

Units: This number could vary depending on the class that you are enrolled in.  For example, a science class with a lecture and lab could be 5 units while a fitness course could be 1 unit.  This class is 3 units.

Class number: You will need this class number when searching for your textbook on the College Store website.  For example, Hist 311 is offered in different sections and taught by different instructors.  This 5-digit number will tell you specifically which textbook(s) are needed for this particular course.

Days & Times: Most classes meet twice a week, but there are courses that meet three times a week or meet every day.  This will tell you the days of the week that you will be meeting…and, yes, some students will be taking classes on the weekends.  This will also tell you the start and end times of the class.  Make sure that you know whether your class is in the “AM” (morning!) or the PM (afternoon or evening!).  If you are taking an online course, make sure that you attend the mandatory orienation.  You can find more information about the orientation on your instructor’s website or in the class schedule online.

Room: Make sure you know WHERE your class is located, especially if it’s at the main campus or not!  We offer many great classes at the outreach centers which are located in Davis and West Sacramento.  If your schedule shows “Davis Cntr” or “West Sac,” then your class is NOT at the “Main” campus.  Before the semester begins, take a look at the campus map (or visit the campus in person) to find out where your classes are located.

Instructor: All of your classes will be taught by an instructor!  Yes, even if the class is online, there is still an instructor who will teach and guide you throughout the semester.  Sometimes, you will find “TBA” (To Be Announced) listed on your schedule, but, don’t worry, there will be an instructor assigned to your class by the first day of the semester.

Start/End Date: A semester at SCC is 16 weeks long.  There are some classes (such as Computer Information Science) that are offered as “short-term” classes and lasts for only 8 weeks.  If you have a short-term class, make sure you know if it is during the “1st 8 weeks” or the “2nd 8 weeks.”

SIDE NOTES:

1.  Hist 311 has a prerequisite of completion of EngWr 101 or ESLW 320 or placement through the assessment.  Even though your class schedule will not list the prerequisite, this information can be found in the class schedule and SCC catalog.  Your instructor will ask for a prerequisite verification during the first week of the semester.

2.  Yes, the semester begins on a SATURDAY, but you only have to show up if you have a Saturday class.  If not, then show up on Monday or Tuesday when your first class begins.

3.  If you DO NOT see your class schedule when you log into your eServices account, check if you have been dropped.  You may have been dropped from all classes if you did not pay your enrollment fees within the 14-day period.

Have you paid your enrollment fees?

Pay to StayIt was there 14 days ago in eServices…the perfect schedule of courses that allowed you to be on campus in the morning with plenty of time to head to work in the afternoon.

And then suddenly all of your classes are GONE!  You were dropped from 12 units of courses because you forgot to pay your fees.   Aargh!

Once you enroll into your classes, you have a 14-day period to pay your fees either online or in person.  If not, you will be dropped from all enrolled courses.

And here’s another thing to remember:  The 14-day period no longer applies once the semester begins.  Once the semester has started, enrollment fees are due the day of enrollment. This is true even if you are enrolling in a late-start class or from a wait list.

For students who qualify for the BOG (Board of Governors fee waiver), tuition will be waived, but there is still a small fee for the transit pass.  The transit pass fee ranges from $2.77 to $16.62 depending on the number of units enrolled.

The BOG fee waiver must be submitted every year…it is not approved automatically even if you qualified for it in previous years.  This means that you can be dropped from classes if you have not received approval of your fee waiver within the 14-day period.  If you have submitted your fee waiver and are unsure of the status, visit the Financial Aid Lab in Business Building 153 for assistance.

Unfortunately, making a payment or qualifying for the fee wavier doesn’t get your schedule back.  Once you are dropped from classes you will have to re-enroll into the same classes with the hopes that they are still open or get on wait lists.

For more information, visit the Fees and Payment link.

New Student Information

411 GIF 1Planning for college isn’t the same as planning for your weekend.

For example, if you decide to go to the movies on a Saturday afternoon, the process is pretty simple:  you can get in line 5 minutes before show time, buy a ticket, find an open seat, and – voila! – you are entertained for at least two hours.  The movie attendant won’t even take roll to make sure that you are seated before the trailers begin.

Then, once the movie is over, that’s it – you are not given an assignment nor are you given a grade.

For college, the above strategies will NOT work…you simply cannot show up to campus minutes before class begins (you should have enrolled weeks ago!), wait to pay fees until that day (you have probably been dropped already!), casually find an open seat (classes are full!), and then expect to be entertained for two hours (college is a learning environment meant to be taken seriously!).  And, yes, once class is over, you WILL be given an assignment and you WILL be graded.

So, if you are planning to attend Sacramento City College, click here for some important tips on what to do before the semester actually begins!

Oh wait…I’m on the wait list?!

The Fall 2014 semester doesn’t start until two months from now and, although there is still time to enroll into classes, the unthinkable has happened…the classes that YOU WANTED are all filled up!

So, now what?  Get your name on the wait list!

Putting your name on the wait list doesn’t mean that you are officially enrolled, but it does mean that if other students drop the course, then – depending on where you are on the list - there is a possibility that you may be added into the class.

Here is how it works…

If a class is already full, then students can place their names on the wait list if the limit hasn’t been reached.  Some wait lists allow up to 10 students to add their names and other wait lists allow up to 20 students to add their names.  (NOTE:  If a wait list is full today, that doesn’t mean that a spot won’t open up tomorrow.)  It may seem like a hassle, but it is important to log onto eServices EVERYDAY.  (If you can log onto Facebook a dozen times a day, you can certainly log onto eServices!)  You never know what can happen…in the last hour, someone may have dropped from a wait list leaving that one last spot open just for you!

Getting your name on a wait list doesn’t guarantee you a seat in the class, but, unfortunately, some students will be dropped for non-payment of fees, not meeting prerequisites, or because they simply changed their schedules.  If you are #2 on the wait list, you have a good chance of getting added into the class.  If you are #20, don’t lose hope…you still need to show up on the first day.  What if the first 10 students on the wait list don’t show up and permission numbers are being given out?  If you do not show up and your name is called from the wait list, the professor will continue onto the next student.

Wherever you are on the wait list, it is IMPORTANT that you continue to monitor your status!  If you are #2 on the wait list and three students suddenly drop, then you are in.  Once you are in, you NEED TO PAY TO STAY!  Unfortunately, no one is going to send you a text message that you have to pay…you just need to remember!

But, whether you are #2 or #20, you should still plan to attend class on the first day!  By the end of the first week, you should have a better idea whether or not you will be added into the class.   

Let’s get ready to REGISTER!

Here are some tips below on how to survive the upcoming enrollment period:

1.  Know your registration date and time…and then actually register on your date and time…or close to it!  If your registration date is on May 15th, don’t wait until May 16th to log onto eServices.  Waiting a day – even a few hours – can make a big difference with your schedule.  For example, the College Writing course that had 10 seats open this morning can easily fill up by the afternoon.

2.  When you log onto eServices, is the word “HOLD” written boldly inside of a red hexagon?  If so, that means exactly what it says…you have a “hold” that must be cleared before you can enroll into classes.  Most likely, you forgot to complete the “Supplemental Enrollment Form” which must be updated every semester.  If you have already submitted that form and you still see that darn hexagon, then you have another “hold” that must be cleared.  It could be a library fine, a financial aid hold, a dismissal, or an overdue payment.  If you need assistance, please go to the Admissions and Records Office located in Rodda North or to the eServices Lab in Business Building 153.

3.  Be flexible with your schedule.  Consider taking classes in the morning, afternoon, evening, or even the weekends.  But, only enroll into classes that you know you can attend for the next 16 weeks!  For example, if you decide to take a class at 7:00 in the morning, you must be able to make it to class on time…and then stay awake!  And, as you consider all options for creating your schedule, be aware of how often a class will meet and in the format that it will be taught.  Some classes are “hybrid” classes where there is both in-class and online learning.  In this case, you will be required to use the internet to submit some assignments.

4.  SCC’s main campus is beautiful…but don’t forget about the Davis Center and West Sacramento Center!  Both centers offer a wide range of general education courses including Math and English.  If you plan to attend both the main campus and one of the outreach centers, make sure that you give yourself plenty of travel time to get from one location to another.  As you are browsing through the class schedule, you will see the words “SCC Main,” “Davis Center,” or “West Sac” to indicate the location of the class.  Don’t get lost on the first day of the semester because you can’t find the “Davis Center” on the main campus…you will have to actually drive to the city of Davis to find it.

5.  Complete the ENTIRE enrollment process from Step 1 to Step 3.  Sure, you put your classes into your shopping cart, but did you actually ENROLL into them?!?!?  Unless the class is completely closed (including the wait list), there should not be any classes left in your shopping cart if you correctly completed every step from start to finish.  Also, as you are searching for classes, it will be important for you to know what each color code means.  For example, do you know the difference between a green circle, a gold triangle, and a blue square?  (Log onto eServices and browse through the class schedule to find out what I am referring to!)

6.  Pay your fees…or you will be dropped!  Unfortunately, once you are dropped from your classes, you will need to start the enrollment process all over again…and the second time around is not going to be any easier!  Even if you pay the next day, you will NOT be able to get your schedule back.  As soon as you enroll into your classes, you will have 14 days to pay your fees.  If you haven’t done so yet, visit the Financial Aid office to find out if you qualify for a fee waiver.

7.  If you are on the wait list, check your status regularly.  So, you lucked out!  Someone didn’t read “Tip #6″ above and you got bumped up from the wait list into the actual class because that student got dropped!  If this happens to you, you must be prepared to pay your fees or you, too, will be dropped.  Check your wait list status regularly to see if you have moved up on the list or have been officially enrolled.

8.  If you find an open class, make sure that you meet the prerequisite to enroll.  So, your major is Civil Engineering and you just so happen to find an open class called “Heat, Waves, Light and Modern Physics.”  Good for you!  But, let’s talk about prerequisites.  Did you know that Physics 430 (“Heat, Waves, Light and Modern Physics”) has a prerequisite of Physics 410 (“Mechanics of Solids and Fluids”) and a co-requisite of Math 402 (Calculus III)?  And did you know that Physics 410 and Math 402 have prerequisites of their own and that those prerequisites have prerequisites of their own…and so on and so on…

Whew, that was explanation was exhausting!

9.  Math and English courses fill up quickly, so consider taking other GE or major courses if you are planning to graduate or transfer.  But, before you enroll into any class, make sure that you meet the prerequisite or that you are aware of the advisory.  For example, some courses – such as Sociology or Psychology – may not have prerequisites, but those courses do require writing, reading, and critical thinking skills.  Also, make sure that you are following the correct GE pattern since there are 3 different ones for graduation, for the CSU system, and for the UC system.  If you need assistance understanding the GE pattern for your specific educational goal, please meet with a counselor.

and lastly…

10.  Check your class schedule a few times before the next semester begins in case there are any changes.  Changes do happen and, unfortunately, you will not get a personal phone call from the college to let you know that something has come up.  For example, the math class that you enrolled into may have originally listed Mohr Hall as the location, but, two weeks later, it may have been moved to the Lusk Aeronautical Center.  Also, check your schedule for anything that you may have missed the first time.  Some students mistakenly show up at 7:00 p.m. for a class when it actually started at 7:00 a.m.!  Don’t get stuck on the first day of the semester trying to figure out what went wrong with your schedule!

Need to meet with a counselor?

The counselors at Sacramento City College can be one of your biggest supporters on campus.  They are available to help you identify your short-term and long-term goals, to help you create a student education plan (iSEP), and to help you match your career goal to a major.

During the registration period, you will find that the Counseling Department is one of the MOST HAPPENING places on campus!  Students are waiting in the lobby for help with course selections, SAP appeals, graduation requirements, transfer applications, transcript evaluations, prerequisite verifications, and information on special majors or programs.  You will also see these students with a coveted “pink slip” in their hands.  Getting a “pink slip” means that your name is on the counseling list for the day!

So, how exactly do you meet with a counselor?  Click on the article below to find out the answer:

It’s not too late to apply for Financial Aid!

Every year, students must apply for Financial Aid to determine eligibility.  The priority deadline was March 2nd, but students may still submit their FAFSA.  Just be aware that priority for Financial Aid is given on a first-come-first-serve basis after the March 2nd deadline.

There are two types of Financial Aid applications that students can submit.

The BOG Fee Waiver application determines if students are eligible to have tuition fees waived.  If you qualify for the BOG Fee Waiver, you will not have to pay $46/unit for your courses.  The FAFSA application determines if students qualify for grants to help pay for textbooks, supplies, and other educational expenses.  Click here to visit the Financial Aid website to learn more about the process and to access the required applications.

The Financial Aid process takes about 4-8 weeks to process, so get started on this NOW.  If you are unsure whether or not you qualify for Financial Aid, it doesn’t hurt to submit the applications.  There are no application fees, so don’t rule yourself out!  If you would like to speak to Financial Aid staff about specific situations or have additional questions, visit the Financial Aid lab in Business Building 153.