Welcome to College of the Canyons!
COC offers students three main paths – certificates, associate degrees and transfer preparation – that lead to successful completion of their educational goals. These paths are not exclusive. Students can earn a certificate, an Associate Degree and transfer to a four-year university/college.
For a quick introduction to each path, please watch our Programs for Credit video.
To learn more about college’s educational opportunities, including the different types of certificates and associate degrees available; how long it may take to complete each option; how many units are needed; and the type of courses you will need to enroll in, we encourage you to view the below videos.
If you are considering transferring to a four-year college/university, you may do so with or without an associate degree. The community college system also offers unique transfer programs with California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) that can provide priority consideration or guaranteed admission. For a brief explanation of transfer support programs, please view our Educational Opportunities handout.
We also encourage you to view the below videos to learn more about transfer preparation.
Additional information on transfer support programs:
With over 190 programs that can easily lead to over 9,000 different career options, there is a program for you!
Learn more about a specific program by visiting the school’s webpage:
Not sure what type of career is the best match for you or what to major in? Career Counselors are ready to help you identify a career that aligns with your interests, values, and abilities. Kick-start your career exploration by completing a career assessment. To learn more, click here!
To learn more about certificates, associate degrees, and transfer preparation, view our “How can COC help me achieve my educational goals?” section or email our Academic Advisors at email@example.com.
All colleges/universities have a Cost of Attendance (Student College Budget) that estimates expenses for tuition, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. This is also used when calculating financial need. Tuition will also vary depending on residency status – California resident or Non-California resident.
For California residents:
College of the Canyons tuition: $46.00/unit, plus mandatory college fees
The average cost for tuition and fees for a full – time student (enrolled in 12 units) for the fall and spring semesters is $1,160.
The average cost for books and supplies for a full – time student (enrolled in 12 units) for the fall and spring semesters is $1,125.
There are many options to help reduce the cost of textbooks, such as renting textbooks instead of purchasing them, or enrolling in a course that utilizes Open Educational Resources (OER) or Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) which provides a student with FREE online resources or digital textbook.
Learn about available programs to help ease the cost of a college education by viewing “How can I earn a degree and/or transfer from COC for FREE?” and “How can I receive help with paying for college?”
The Canyons Promise Program provides incoming first-time college students for the fall semester the opportunity to attend College of the Canyons tuition free for their first two years (fall and spring semesters only). The program is exclusively for first-time college students who enroll full-time. The program provides students with financial support, high-touch academic/counseling support, and peer support to increase student success.
Canyons Promise sign-up's for 2023-2024 are NOW CLOSED (Deadline was May 1, 2023 @ 5pm)
For more information or to contact the Canyons Promise team, visit www.canyons.edu/promise.
College of the Canyons is an open access college, meaning students who have graduated high school, or are at least 18 years of age, may attend.
- Summer 2023 & Fall 2023 - Opened on October 1, 2022
- If you want to take classes the summer before your first fall semester, you must submit two applications: one for summer and one for fall.
- Winter 2023 & Spring 2023 - Apply NOW!
Semester/term start dates:
- Summer 2023 - Begins June 5
- Session 1 - June 5
- Session 2 - June 12
- Session 3 - June 19
- Session 4 - July 10
- Fall 2023 - Begins August 21, 2023
- Winter 2023 - January 3 to February 4
- Spring 2023 - February 6 to June 1
- Summer 2023 & Fall 2023 - Opened on October 1, 2022
Applying is easy and FREE! You must begin by submitting a college application for the semester/term plan attending, for example Fall 2023.
After your application is submitted, you will receive an Admission Acceptance email with important information including how to activate your CanyonsID login information.
The next step is to submit your financial aid application (FAFSA/CA Dream Act). We encourage all students to apply for financial aid to see what you may be eligible for. Your FAFSA application is processed within a few days, but it will take several weeks to determine if you are eligible for an award package.
To complete the admission process, students will complete the assessment & advisement modules online. This step determines your placement for English and math, and begins the process of developing your first semester educational plan. After you have completed the modules, you can complete the orientation that is designed to provide you with information about college procedures, programs, support services and policies.
Visit the New Student Checklist for a step-by-step guide to completing the admission process.
College of the Canyons is an Undocumented student friendly campus.
Visit the New Student Checklist for Dreamers for a step-by-step guide to completing the admission process and residency requirements.
If you would prefer individual assistance, please contact Outreach Team Member, Loida Sanchez at Loida.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional DACA and undocumented student resources, please visit our Undocumented Resource Center.
Enrollment fee waivers, grants, scholarships, work study and student loan opportunities are available to College of the Canyons students who establish financial need by completing the financial aid process and meet all program eligibility criteria.
You may also qualify for additional financial assistance from Extended Opportunities Programs & Services (EOPS). To learn more about the program including eligibility requirements and application deadlines, visit EOPS.
Understanding Financial Aid Video
College of the Canyons offers a wide variety of support services and programs to help students succeed.
Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)
Students with verified disabilities can utilize the support services offered through the AAC office. AAC provides assistive technology, academic counseling, priority registration, interpreters, and more. AAC will act as a liaison between students and their instructors regarding appropriate academic accommodations and/or adjustments.
Visit the Academic Accommodation Center website for more information.
Empowerment Programs consists of four equity-driven programs with one united vision of putting students and their needs first by providing extra support, resources, and sense of community/belonging to ensure their academic success.
- Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) - EOPS/CARE Video
- California Work Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids (CalWORKs) - CalWorks Video
- Inspiring Students Promoting Independence and Resilience in Education (Inspire Scholars) - INSPIRE
- Undocumented Resource Center (URC) - URC Video
Visit the Empowerment Programs website for more information about our programs.
The COC Honors Program provides students with a competitive edge when seeking admittance into a 4-year college or university. As college entrance requirement become moe competitive, it is imperative for transfer students to maximize their chances of acceptance. Fulfilling the requirements of the COC Honors Program will demonstrate academic motivation and dedication to potential colleges.
Visit the Honors Program website for more information.
Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA)
The MESA program serves to enrich the experience of students majoring in math, science and engineering. We support financially disadvantaged and/or historically underrepresented students by providing a variety of services including academic advisement, discipline specific enrichment and community building opportunities. Our primary goal is to equip MESA students with the skills and attitudes necessary for their successful transfer to university.
Visit the MESA Program website for more information.
Pathway to Law School Program
The Pathway to Law School Program supports students interested in pursuing law school through pre-law activities and networking opportunities. The program has established pathway partnerships with law schools including: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, USC Gould School of Law, Loyola Law, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco, Chapman University and McGeorge School of Law!
Visit the Pathway to Law School Program website for more information and submit the interest survey to sign up!
Ujima Scholars is a culturally-based learning community designed to enhance the educational experience of Black/African-American Students through counseling, instruction, mentoring, programming, and community building.
Visit the Ujima Scholars website for more information.
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