New Students

New Student Success Steps

If you’re new to college – whether you’re a recent high school graduate, you’ve completed your GED, or you graduated from high school a while ago, start here. You’ll need to complete a simple series of steps to apply for admission, complete orientation and assessment, and enroll in classes.

  1. Apply Online for Admission. Choose “College of Alameda.”
  2. Complete Mandatory Online Orientation, logging in with your 8-digit Peralta Student ID#. Print out your certificate of completion and submit to Counseling.
  3. Complete Assessment Testing (English, Math, ESL Placement). Make an appointment online or by calling (510) 748-5267.
  4. Meet with a Counselor to plan your classes and develop your first semester Student Education Plan (SEP). To schedule an appointment, call (510) 748-2209 or visit the Counseling Department in the Welcome Center, A101.
  5. Enroll in Classes Online
  6. Get Student Photo ID Card. Bring a valid photo ID and your current class schedule as proof of enrollment to the Welcome Center, A101.
  7. Pay Your Fees online or to the Cashier, Building A.
  8. Begin Classes!

For help with any of these steps, please contact the Welcome Center.