Admission Regulations for College Early Start Program
Students who are currently enrolled in high school and are recommended by their principal (for college level courses only) may be considered for the College Early Start Program. The College Early Start Program allows students to enroll in courses for college credit only. Each school district must determine whether high school credit will be granted for classes completed for college credit at San Joaquin Delta College. All students must meet San Joaquin Delta College's admissions, academic assessment, and course prerequisite requirements. College Early Start students may not enroll in remedial or developmental education courses. Registration is limited to 11.0 units maximum during a regular semester.
The enrollment of high school students in physical education classes is limited to five percent of all the students enrolled. Therefore, high school students should plan to enroll in physical education classes at their respective high school. Only students officially enrolled during the registration cycle, before classes begin, will be allowed to attend physical education classes. Under no circumstances will College Early Start students be permitted to register for any physical education course once the term begins.
In order to participate in the College Early Start Program, students must complete the following steps:
- Complete a San Joaquin Delta College Application for Admission - All students must complete an online application for admission. Students may complete an application in the e-Services Lab, located in the DeRicco Student Services Building, the South Campus at Mountain House, or on any computer with Internet access. Office hours vary so check the Delta College web site for hours of operation.
- Complete a College Early Start Enrollment Form - Students applying to attend Delta College through the College Early Start Program (high school students who are not graduates), must also provide a College Early Start Enrollment Form at the time of application. Signatures of the parent or legal guardian and the high school principal are required. Home-schooled students must also provide a Private School Affidavit. A College Early Start Enrollment Form and accompanying documentation is required for each term for which the student intends to enroll. For counseling, financial aid and course prerequisite purposes, it is highly recommended that the student submit a high school transcript.
- Complete the Assessment/Placement Test - This assessment measures a student's skill in reading, English, and mathematics application and computation. The test is not timed and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. A student cannot fail the assessment. A "one-course waiver" is available to students who decide to enroll in only one course with no prerequisites. A student may subsequently enroll in one course per term provided the previous course to which the waiver applied was passed with a grade of "C" or better. For more information, please check the College web site.
- Attend a New Student Advising Session - All new and prospective students are encouraged to attend a New Student Advising Session. These sessions will provide students with the following: general new student information, financial aid information, campus resources, review of assessment test and what the results mean, registration information, and a first semester course list. College Early Start students should work closely with their high school counselor to select appropriate courses (College level ONLY). A student who works closely with the counselor can make significant progress towards both a high school diploma and college degree at the same time.
- Register for Courses(s) - To obtain a registration date and time, or to register for classes, use the online registration system. To ensure that College Early Start students do not displace regularly admitted students, enrollment of students admitted under this Program is limited to the last day of priority registration, unless the student is enrolled in a middle college high school as described in Education Code Section 11300.
- For additional information and specific dates, refer to the Registration Calendar.