Getting Started at Cuesta College

Welcome! Cuesta College can help you pursue your dreams and achieve your goals. There is no fee to apply to Cuesta College except for International F1 Visa students. Cuesta College admits students who can meet certain requirements.

Prior to registering, you will need to submit an admission application if:

  • You have never attended Cuesta College.
  • You are a former Cuesta College student but have been absent two or more terms, excluding summer session.
  • You will be concurrently attending grades 9-12 at the same time as courses at Cuesta College as a Special Part-time Enrichment Student.

Additional admission requirements must be completed prior to enrolling for Enrichment students, International students and for the Allied Health Programs. Visit the Veterans web site for steps to complete to start your benefits at Cuesta or transfer to Cuesta if you have used benefits at another school. Information en Espanol.

Application dates and schedule availability:

Term Term Dates Apply Online Starting Class Finder Available Priority Registration Begins
Fall 2016 August 15-December 16 Now Now Now Open to All
Spring 2017 January 17-May 19 Now October 28, 2016 November 14, 2016
Summer 2017 June 12-August 4 April 1, 2017 April 7, 2017 April 19, 2017
Fall 2017 August 21-December 22 November 1, 2016 April 21, 2017 May 8, 2017

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Several Types of Financial Aid Are Available At Cuesta:

  • Federal and State Grants
  • State Fee Waiver
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Work-Study
  • Direct Student Loans

Applying for financial aid is a multi-step process that starts with FAFSA or Cal Dream Application.

State Grants and Cuesta Scholarship have a deadline of March 2nd every year!

You can apply for the other types of aid throughout the year!

Visit our Financial Aid Homepage for details!

Official transcripts are required to satisfy Course Prerequisites, Financial Aid Eligibility, Student Education Plans, GE Certifications, and Degree and Certificate Evaluations at Cuesta College.

Official transcripts from high school, college, or university can be sent:

  • Electronically to the Records Office:
    Authenticated and delivered (not by email attachment) by the other institution directly to Cuesta.
  • By U.S. Mail in an original sealed school envelope to:

Cuesta College Records Office
PO Box 8106
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106

Transcripts should be submitted ahead of registration, in time for academic advising and prerequisite clearance. Read more about transcripts on this page.

(Go to Step 5 if you have completed English/math college-level coursework with a grade of C or better at another college for prerequisite clearance.)

Complete Math and English assessment tests in order to identify your skill level and appropriately direct you to courses for which you are prepared. Please see alternative to testing - Read More

Please review the testing calendar for days, times and locations that walk-in assessment testing is available. Remember to bring your student id number and photo id.

Effective Fall 2014, Priority Registration will be given to students who complete assessment, orientation, and a student education plan - Read More

Understanding Prerequisites

Prerequisites, corequisites, and advisories are intended to enhance your success in a particular class. If you have not met a prerequisite or corequisite, as listed in the online class finder, you may not be allowed to enroll or remain enrolled in the course. Read More

Clearance Forms

Various prerequisite clearance forms are available for different circumstances. Plan ahead; prerequisite clearance is not immediate. Read More

Form Purpose
Prerequisite Clearance Form - Form A For clearance of courses completed at colleges/universities other than Cuesta. See computer enforced courses
Prerequisite/Corequisite Course Challenge Form - Form B For challenging prerequisites based on other grounds.
Physics Prerequisite Evaluation Form - Form C For clearance of Physics courses completed at an institution other than Cuesta.
Please read the prerequisite Frequently Asked Questions for more information

During your Cuesta College New Student Orientation, you will learn about the requirements needed to meet your educational goal and have the opportunity to build a first semester class schedule.

(Mandatory) Online Orientation via your myCuesta student portal

Login to myCuesta account, click on the Student tab, and choose Online Orientation from the Steps to Success channel. See Instructions

(Optional) In Person Orientation

myCuesta Monday (only offered in the months of June and July). In person orientation and small group advising lead by Cuesta College Counselors. Appointment Required. Call (805) 546-3951 to sign up. See Instructions


Counselors are master's level professionals who are trained to provide personal, academic, and career counseling services. Counselors are available to meet with students by appointment or on a walk-in basis.

Counselors can help you with:
  • Student Education Plan (SEP)
  • Academic degree planning
  • Transfer planning
  • Information about programs offered at Cuesta College
  • Assistance with course selection
  • Schedule changes
  • Graduation requirements
  • College placement tests
  • Academic Probation and Dismissal
  • Test anxiety
  • Study and note-taking strategies
  • Time management
  • Academic problems
  • Strategies for managing stress, anxiety and depression
  • Crisis intervention
  • Community referrals
  • Career planning and exploration

Effective Fall 2014 Priority Registration will be given to students who work with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan, succeed in their classes and stay on track. Read more

To register for classes, students login to the myCuesta web portal. See Instructions (PDF)

Click here for registration dates/times, forms/policies, and waitlist information.

Fees are due at the time of registration. Students are not dropped for failing to pay registration fees and will not receive a billing statement. Students may pay fees owed by the following methods:

Please review the Fee Schedule and Refund Policy. Deadline to drop classes for a full or partial refund are posted on your myCuesta Class Schedule Receipt or by clicking on the CRN after search results in the online Class Finder.

Holds are placed on all student accounts with a balance due. Holds restrict access to official and unofficial transcripts, as well as, grades and future registrations.

Things to do in your myCuesta student portal:
  • myCuesta Student Email- Activate your Cuesta College email. All official communications from Cuesta College will be sent to your myCuesta Student email account.
  • Mailing Address- Verify/update your address online via your myCuesta student portal on the Student tab, My Web Services channel. Open Banner Self-Service then go to Personal Information.
  • Student ID Number- Locate your Student ID Number online via your myCuesta student portal.
  • ASCC Student ID Card- Purchase an ID card online via your myCuesta student portal. Pick-up our card at the Social Club on the SLO or NC campuses.
  • Parking Permit- Permits are required at the SLO/NC campus and can be purchased online in myCuesta or in-person at the Cashier's Office.

Other Considerations
  • Student Consumer Information- Consumer Disclosures for Students
  • Books- Purchase books in person at the Bookstore or order online. Have a copy of your class schedule on hand.
  • Campus Tour- Sign up for a Campus Tour or download the Self-Guided Tour Packet.
  • Housing Information- Although the college does not provide housing for students, we hope to assist Cuesta College students by making a Housing bulletin board and online listings available.
  • Job Information- Available through Career Connections for on and off campus job listings.
  • Public Transportation- Bus Schedules to Cuesta College
  • Selective Service- Federal law requires men, 18 through 25 years old, to be registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). Females are excluded from the requirement.
  • Voter Registration- Register to vote in San Luis Obispo County.