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Transfer and Second-Degree Orientation

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Welcome to California College of the Arts!

CCA has an established tradition of serving transfer and second-degree students. You bring rich scholastic and life experiences to your education, and that in turn contributes much to the CCA community.

The beginning of your journey as a CCA student is approaching quickly. With great anticipation, your families, friends, and campus community are preparing to support and welcome you as you begin your journey.

Use this checklist to ensure you start orientation on the right foot.

2021 Spring New Student Orientation (Online)

Spring New Student Orientation will be online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Completion of the online new student orientation is required prior to the start of the fall semester. Incoming students will receive an email with log-in information early August.

Steps to Ensure a Successful Orientation

Step 1: Review CCA's Undergraduate Enrollment Checklist

Step 2: Get Registered (spring 2021)

  • All incoming students will be automatically registered for their first semester of classes by CCA based on their academic plan. Incoming first year students will be enrolled in their required First Year Core classes and do not need to take any action. Students with transfer credit should make an appointment to review their academic plan with their counselor before they are registered.

Step 3: Determine Writing Course Placement and Submit Additional Portfolios for Review

  • Writing Course Placement
    • Students are placed into writing courses based on the results of their SAT or ACT test scores, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam scores, their transfer credits, and/ or their completion of CCA’s Summer Start program. All undergraduate students are required to be placed in or waived from writing courses prior to starting their first semester at CCA.
  • Submit Additional Portfolios for Review:
    • If you have prior college-level coursework and/or experience in the following areas, you must submit materials (in addition to those submitted upon application) to be considered for any additional transfer credit, course substitutions, or waivers. Submit additional materials as soon as possible and prior to orientation to ensure you are registered appropriately.

Step 4: Read CCA Laptop Initiative & Recommendations

Step 5: Determine Health Insurance Eligibility

  • Health Insurance
    • All students who are registered in 12 or more units per semester (9 units per semester for all graduate students) are considered full-time students. They are, therefore, required to have health insurance coverage.
    • The college has secured a group health insurance policy (an Aetna PPO plan) that provides year-round coverage.
    • Part-time students are ineligible for CCA student health insurance.
  • Online Waiver FAQ
    • You may waive CCA's coverage by submitting an online waiver application before the end of the add/drop period.
    • A student's own health insurance must meet minimum coverage requirement to qualify for an approved waiver.

Step 6: Read the Student Handbook

  • The Student Handbook serves as a guide to the programs, policies, procedures, requirements, and resources of CCA.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to read the entire handbook.

Step 7: Follow Student Council on Facebook and Instagram

  • Orientation leaders are fellow students who play an integral role in helping students transition to college life.
  • Add Student Council to your Facebook page and get connected with other current CCA students.