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Achieving success at Citrus College requires that students do well in the classroom and successfully navigate a complex set of processes outside the classroom. Although the college informs students of important deadlines and requirements, mostly via students' college email, students are expected to understand and complete those requirements on their own. When a student misses an important deadline or skips a step, a typical question posed to the college is, "Why was I not told?" Most likely, the information is in the catalog and on the college website. Therefore, Citrus College encourages you to review the college catalog and this website to become familiar with the important processes and deadlines.

Steps to Apply and Register


View your registration appointment
Classes fill up quickly, so it is important that students register on their registration appointment date or as soon as possible thereafter. View your registration appointment date on the portal. Appointments for summer and fall are available in mid-April, and appointments for winter and spring are available in mid-October.

Register for your classes
On your registration date, visit register or add/drop classes. Registration for summer and fall begins in mid-May and registration for winter and spring beings in mid-November.

Pay for classes or apply for financial aid
Be prepared to pay for your classes when you register to avoid being dropped for non-payment. Drop for non-payment deadlines vary by term. Pay close attention to when fees post. For spring semester, fees do not post until January. For fall semester, fees do not post until July. If you register prior to the fee posting day, you will need to go back once fees post to make a payment and avoid being dropped. If you are applying for financial aid, make sure your financial aid is processed by the financial aid office before the next scheduled drop for non-payment date. The online FAFSA application takes approximately two weeks to process.

Obtain a GoPass sticker and purchase a parking permit
Students who are currently enrolled in at least one credit unit qualify for a Go Pass (electronic sticker) offering unlimited rides on Foothill Transit, LA Metro bus and rail, Big Blue Bus, and other certain city area busses.
For those students wishing to park on campus, you must obtain a parking permit.

Attend your classes
If you enroll in a class and miss the first meeting, the instructor may give your place to a waiting student.

Review drop deadlines
If you need to drop a class, it is your responsibility to drop your class online, not the instructor's. Pay close attention to various deadlines, such as the last day to drop with a refund, the last day to drop with no record and the last day to drop with a "W," which will appear on your academic transcript. Drop/withdrawal deadlines vary by class.

Complete a comprehensive SEP
Make sure you declare the current program/major you are pursuing. You can update your major online.
Make an appointment with the Counseling and Advisement Center to complete a comprehensive SEP (multi-semester plan) after completing 15-degree applicable units or prior to the end of the third semester.

Monitor your academic progress
Degree Works is a free degree audit program and an educational planning tool designed to help students understand the degree requirements for their course of study/major.

Use campus resources
Citrus College has many programs open to all students, such as: the Writing Center, prividing writing assistance; the STEM Center, which provides student tutoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and the Hayden Memorial Library, offering students with the use of study rooms. Support programs include EOPS and STEM TRiO that offers tutoring and textbook resources for qualified students. Review the programs and services directory to make sure you do not miss out on the many opportunities available to you.

Get involved on campus
Engaging in student activities can be a rewarding component of your education. Citrus College offers a variety of opportunities for you to become involved with student life and create a sense of campus community. Get to know your fellow Owls and join an organization, club, performing arts group or competitive athletics team. Visit the website for information about student activities, campus clubs and student government, as well as to learn about upcoming events.

Get a job on campus
Citrus College offers a variety of opportunities for part-time student employment. On-campus employment provides a practical way for students to earn income, gain valuable work experience and learn time management skills.

Follow Citrus College on social media
The college's online presence is available on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In addition to the official Citrus College accounts, some programs, such as visual arts and performing arts and the Hayden Memorial Library, have their own social media accounts also providing valuable information.

Apply for graduation
Graduating students must file a graduation application with the admissions and records office to receive a degree, certificate and/or skill award. Before you submit your graduation application, you are encouraged to meet with a counselor once a year to ensure you are on track to graduate and monitor progress toward completion.


College students have many responsibilities as they balance personal obligations with homework, class schedules, fees and books. Because they are pulled in so many different directions, many students experience increased levels of stress or anxiety. Citrus College provides the resources listed below in an effort to ease some of these pressures.

Food Pantries and Resources

  • Find a nearby food bank through the Find Help website.
  • Download the WIN app to easily connect to resources near you. This application provides quick access to resources, such as shelter, crisis, food drop-in centers and much more.
  • For more resources, visit the Resources for Students in Need web page.

Homeless Youth and Foster Youth Liaison
The homeless youth and foster youth liaison, who works in the financial aid department, is specifically trained to assist homeless students and former foster youth students with applying for financial aid and to provide information about available services. Contact the financial aid department at (626) 914-8592, ext. 8584.

Personal Counseling
Students who may need personal counseling services can make an appointment at the Student Health Center for free. Students are allowed a maximum of six individual counseling appointments per semester. If they require additional visits, they will be referred to outside agencies. The Student Health Center is located in SS 148. By appointment only, call (626) 914-8671.

Free Medicine
Students who are sick can visit the Student Health Center free of charge for treatment of acute illnesses, as well as to get free non-prescription medicine for colds, allergies and indigestion. The Student Health Center also provides a variety of other free services to students, including visits to see the nurse practitioner or physician. Some tests, medications and procedures require a minimal fee. The Student Health Center is located in SS 148. By appointment only, call (626) 914-8671.

Alternatate transportation (bus and rail) pass

Additional Support Services
If you need support services outside of the areas listed above, call the "211 Directory." This is a confidential service that connects people with free resources in their local area, such as food, clothing, shelter, counseling or medical care. Simply dial "211" from any phone and let the operator know your general location and what services you need.


Degree Works is an online degree audit program and a student education planning tool designed to help students understand the degree requirements for their course of study offered at Citrus College. Check out all that Degree Works offers you to help obtain your goal.


Many students do well in an online environment. However, taking an online course requires adequate internet access, basic computer skills and time management. California's Online Education Initiative (OEI) provides videos and tutorials to assess preparedness to take an online or hybrid course. For more information, visit the OEI Online Learner Readiness website.

Several tutorials are developed by OEI and posted through 3C Media Solutions. Tutorial topics include: introduction to online learning; getting tech ready; organizing for online success; and online study skills and managing time.

Students will gain an understanding of the necessary planning that is needed to succeed when taking online and hybrid courses. Here are general guidelines to success:

  • Contact your instructor (email, phone or in person) a few days before the class begins to determine if there are on-campus requirements or assignments to be aware of for the first two weeks.

  • Create a time-management schedule for each week of the semester. Plan to take/submit exams, quizzes and papers at the beginning of the due-date window – do not wait until the last hour of the window as technical difficulties may be experienced when submitting assignments.

  • Plan to spend the same amount of time working on your online course as you would for a face-to-face class.

  • Have access to a laptop or desktop computer, especially when submitting exams, quizzes, papers or large projects. Do not submit these items on your phone. There are desktop computers that you can use on campus if you do not have access.

  • Alert your instructor right away if you are having technical difficulties, or if you are having a hard time following the "course routine" or weekly requirements for the course.

  • How to Contact Canvas Support​

  • Review the Canvas Student Guide.

  • Contact the Citrus College Help Desk if you have log-in or account issues. They are available during normal business hours by calling (626) 857-4100.

For a good selection of assistive reference, check out Student Resources for Online Learning.

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