Apply to Sacramento City College

If you are a new or returning student to Los Rios Community College District, you must complete and submit an application before you can register for classes.

Steps to Success

Get started on your path to college by filling out our free online application. You will be automatically accepted if you have a high school diploma (or equivalent) or are at least 18 years old. After submitting your application, an email will be sent to you with your Los Rios identification (ID) number and instructions for next steps.

How to apply

Applications are processed through OpenCCC. Create an OpenCCC account to fill out the application. You can save your application and come back to it at any time. You will have a chance to review your application before you submit it.

You only need to submit one application to take classes at any college in the Los Rios district (Sacramento City College, American River College, Cosumnes River College, or Folsom Lake College). Do not submit a separate application for each college.

✓ Submit an application online

  • The application for spring 2020 is now open.
  • Summer and fall 2020 applications will be available on October 1, 2019.

✓ Check Your Email for your Student ID

  • Check the email you provided on your application. You should receive your student ID within 24 hours.
  • Log into eServices and Los Rios Gmail after you receive your student ID number

With the new Los Rios Promise, all first-time students who complete a FAFSA (or California Dream Act application) and enroll full time (minimum of 12 units) are eligible for free tuition. In addition to the Los Rios Promise, there are several other ways to get financial assistance if you need help paying for college. You may qualify for thousands of dollars in aid from federal, state, and private resources. Types of financial aid include fee waivers, grants, scholarships, and loans.

✓ Fill out FAFSA

(US citizens or permanent residents only)

The first step for getting financial help is to apply for financial aid, by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Apply as early as October 1 of the year before you plan to take classes.
  • Applications are due by March 1.*

Learn more about FAFSA or start your application

✓ If you are not a US citizen or permanent US resident

Though undocumented students cannot apply for aid through the FAFSA, the may be eligible for state financial aid through the California Dream Act.

  • Apply by March 2.*

Learn more about the California Dream Act or start your application

✓ Apply for California College Promise Grant

(For California residents; formerly BOG Fee Waiver).

The California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver) is just for California community college students and does not have to be repaid. It waives enrollment fees but does not cover the cost of books or other expenses.

  • Applications become available in April prior to the start of each school year.

Learn more about the California College Promise Grant or start your application

* You can submit the FAFSA or the CA Dream Act Application after this date, but priority is given on a first-come, first-serve basis.  You may not be considered for a Cal Grant (state financial aid) after this date.

Orientation gives you important information to help you succeed at Sacramento City College. All new students must complete orientation online or in person.

✓ Complete online orientation

To complete orientation, log into Canvas and find the tile for Los Rios Online Orientation.

Do this at least 24 hours after you get your student ID number.

Log Into Canvas

✓ Retrieve your certificate of completion

After you finish orientation, we will email you a certificate of completion. Save or print this certificate for your records.

Do this within 24 hours of completing orientation

Log Into Los Rios Gmail

Don’t have a computer or need help?

Check out our in-person orientations held at SCC.

The purpose of placement/assessment is to help students succeed by placing them in English and math classes that match their skill level.

Using high school records for placement

You will be automatically placed into English and math classes if you:

  • Graduated from a US high school within the last ten years
  • Included all of the requested information about your high school records on your college application

You can view your placement results in your eServices account. From your eServices dashboard, click Student Center, then Steps to Success. Your placements are displayed in the Assessment Placements section.

If you did not provide high school records, then you will need to submit a Placement Re-Evaluation Petition (PDF), along with your high school transcript, to the Admission & Records Office.

Using college records for placement

If you have attended another college (outside of Los Rios), then you can provide college transcripts showing that you passed certain classes.

Prerequisites are not automatic for students who have taken a course outside of the Los Rios Community College District.

Note: Non-Los Rios coursework that is in progress will not be accepted as proof of meeting a prerequisite.

Equivalent Course Lists

Only the courses on the pre-approved lists will be automatically approved by the Admissions staff.

Equivalency Form

If your prerequisite course is listed on a pre-approved list above, please complete the equivalency form below. Bring this and your official transcript to Admissions & Records.

Prerequisite Equivalency Form

Your educational plan will outline which courses you should take to meet your educational goal.

✓ Sign up for an academic planning session

After you have your placement results, meet with a counselor and make a first-semester educational plan. Planning sessions are for students only–not for parents.

How to Meet with a Counselor

✓ Gather the required materials for the planning session

Before your planning session, spend some time thinking about your education and career goals. On the day of your planning session, remember to bring your:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Student ID number
  • Placement results
  • High school transcripts
  • AP, CLEP, or IB test scores, if you’ve taken any of these tests
  • College transcripts, if you have previously attended college

✓ Attend the planning session and create an educational plan

  • Before April 1 for summer or fall classes
  • Before November 1 for spring classes
Qualify for priority enrollment

If you create your education plan by the dates above, you will qualify for priority enrollment. Priority enrollment lets you enroll earlier than other students, so you can get into classes you want before they fill up.

✓ Review class schedules

Review class schedules as soon as they are posted online. See the Enrollment Timeline table below.

Class Schedules

Use the Cart!

You can put your desired courses in your enrollment shopping cart in eServices before your actual enrollment appointment.

✓ Find your enrollment appointment

You will be assigned an enrollment appointment date and time, which is the earliest date and time you can register for classes. You can find your enrollment appointment time in eServices.

✓ Register for classes

You can enroll in classes online or in person at the Admissions and Records Office


Admissions and Records location and hours

Enrollment timeline
SemesterClass schedules postedStudents receive enrollment appointment dateEnrollment begins
Spring 2019October 22, 2018November 8, 2018November 19, 2018
Summer 2019March 2019April 2019April 2019
Fall 2019March 2019April 2019April 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

What if a class I want is closed?

If a class you want is closed, then you can:

  • Work with a counselor to pick another class.
  • See if the class is offered at another Los Rios college.
  • Attend the first class session, even if you are not on the waitlist. You may be able to add the class if another student doesn’t show up.
What hours is online registration available?

During the enrollment period, online registration is available Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am to 11:30 pm, and on Sundays from 9:00 am to 11:30 pm.


Los Rios

The Los Rios Community College District is one of the nation’s most respected learning institutions, and the second-largest community college district in California.

The District is comprised of four colleges that serve the greater Sacramento region:

The Clery Report

The Clery report provides information about District policies to keep students and employees safe and its facilities secure. It also contains three years of statistics for certain crimes that have occurred on campus, or in off-campus buildings, or property owned or controlled by the District and the public property immediately adjacent to the campuses.

The District will provide a paper copy on request. Please contact the police department at any college for a copy. The District’s Clery report is available by October 1, each calendar year.