How to Apply

At De Anza College, we've made it easy to apply for admission and qualify for priority registration, so you can get the classes you need to achieve your goals.

All it takes is a few simple steps ...

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Apply for Admission


Get Priority Enrollment


Apply Online

The Apply Now button will take you to OpenCCC, an online application system used by De Anza and other California community colleges.
  • Please allow 5-6 working days for processing your application. There may be a slight delay of an additional day or two if we need more information to process your application, but we will contact you if that becomes necessary.

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Complete Assessment

De Anza will assess most students on the basis of their U.S. high school transcripts and GPA, so they can be placed in the right Language Arts and Math courses for their level of knowledge. In some cases, the college may use other assessment methods. 

Once you've applied for admission, you will receive a welcome letter with your De Anza student identification number, known as a campuswide ID or CWID. Use that number to log into MyPortalthen open the Apps section and click on the Student Registration tile, then look under My Records and click View My Placement Results

If you don't see a placement in MyPortal, then we may not have received your high school transcript. (Some high schools forward the information automatically, but that doesn't always happen.) In that case, here's how you can provide the information we need:

You may also see a notification on MyPortal if you need to take placement tests or provide more information. You can learn more by visiting the Assessment Center website.

Note: Completing the placement process for Language Arts and Math is an important step in qualifying for priority registration

Incoming transfer students: If you've completed English, ESL, math, chemistry or biology courses at another college or received qualifying scores on high school AP exams, see our page on Prerequisite Clearance.

Complete Orientation

If you're a new student at De Anza, you should sign up for a short orientation session to get important information that will help you succeed. Completing orientation is a requirement to qualify for priority registration.

You can take orientation either in a live video session, where you'll be able to ask questions and get answers immediately, or as an online course that you can complete at your own pace.

In either format, you will get help with creating an abbreviated educational plan for your first one or two quarters. 

New students: If you need to register for classes before you complete orientation, follow the guidelines on our First Quarter Classes webpage.

Create an Educational Plan

An educational plan is a road map for achieving your goals. As part of orientation, new students will get help with developing an abbreviated ed plan for their first one or two quarters. Continuing students should have a comprehensive ed plan for three or more quarters.

You can create a plan using Degree Works, an online tool that you'll find on MyPortal. Check with one of Our Counselors for assistance.

You're Ready to Go!

Once you've completed these steps, you will get priority registration to sign up for classes. See the buttons below.


Updates and Tips for Online Learning This Sumer

Visit our Online Summer webpage for the latest updates plus tips for online learning and additional resources.

  • Have a disability? Our Disability Support Services office can assist you.
  • High school students: If you want to take college classes while you are still in high school, use the OpenCCC application, but be sure to visit the Dual Enrollment webpage for additional steps.
  • International students: You may need to use a different application. Please visit our International Student Programs webpage for more information.
  • Undocumented students: Use the OpenCCC application, but be sure to review our AB 540 Guide, which explains how to request exemption from out-of-state tuition.
  • Veterans: Use the OpenCCC application and visit the Veteran Services webpage for additional steps.
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