How to Apply to SDCCD using CCCApply






Business Process

Admissions, Applying to the Colleges


This tutorial will walk you through the steps needed to apply to San Diego City, Mesa, or Miramar College.

 In order for you to apply to SDCCD using CCCApply, you must have an email address.
Students who do not have an email address may use one of the many free email providers:





To begin your application with us, open a web browser and visit

You will see important information on who should apply. Note that if you already submitted an application to San Diego City, Mesa, or Miramar College, you do not need to submit another one. One application provides you with access to all three colleges. 

Scroll to the bottom and select the college you wish to apply to from the drop-down menu.


Once you click on one of the college application links, you will be directed to either "Create an Account" or "Sign In". 

 If you have ever attended another college outside of San Diego City, Mesa, or Miramar College, you may already have a CCCApply account. Please click on "Sign In" instead of creating a new account.  You will log in using your CCCApply account.


To create your account, you will need either an email address or a phone number to start. 
Enter your email address and click on "Email My Verification Code". 


Check your inbox from the email address you entered, and enter the "Verification Code" you received. 
When filled in, click "Verify Email". 


This is where you will create your OpenCCC account.
Your OpenCCC account will be the account you will use whenever you need to re-apply to San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges.  

 This account will be different than the account you will set up once you're invited to our student portal: mySDCCD

Step 1 - Contact Information, you will be entering and confirming the following: 

  • Email Address (Confirm) 

  • Primary Phone Number 

  • Phone Type

  • Address (PO Box addresses not accepted)


For Step 2 - Personal Information, you will be entering the following: 

  • Legal Name 

  • Preferred Name (if any)

  • Date of Birth

Click "Next" when you are ready for Step 3.


Once Step 1 and Step 2 are completed, Step 3 - Credentials will open up: 

Create your password according to the rules on the left.
All the rules will show as green if your password meets the requirement: 

Be sure that you remember the password you created and click on "Create Account" when you are ready.


Ensure to review your information at the bottom of the page. 
Click on "Start a New Application" when you are ready.


This will take you to the College Application for Admission.  Here you will see the application is divided into 9 sections:

  1. Enrollment (Term, your educational goal and Major)

  2. Profile (validates your OpenCCC account and to enter your mailing address)

  3. Education (Questions about your high school and previous colleges attended)

  4. Citizenship/Military (Questions about your citizenship status and military information)

  5. Residency (Questions related to your physical presence in California and intent to make it your home)

  6. Needs & Interests (Questions related to other services you might be interested in)

  7. Demographic Information (Questions related to your gender, ethnicity)

  8. Supplemental Questions

  9. Submission (Electronic signature, consent)


The first section is Enrollment.

Click on the dropdown menu to select your term, educational goal, and intended major. 
Click "Continue" when you are ready for the next section - Profile

 You can update your major at any time by meeting with a College Counselor


The next section is Profile.

You will fill out the following:

  • Legal Name (including any previous legal name) 

  • Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN/iTIN) 

  • Current Mailing Address

 The mailing address is what we will use when we send any mail to you such as financial aid checks (if you did not elect to use direct deposit), official transcripts, or any other mailings from the colleges.  If it's the same, just check the box and the application will pre-populate your address:

Click "Continue" when you are ready for the next section - Education.


The next section is Education
This section will ask about your college status as of the time the semester begins and your educational history.

The application is asking what will you be when you start college on the date indicated:

 Example: If you graduated high school on July 1, 2022, select "First-time student in college (after leaving high school)"

This section will also ask about your high school education level.

  • If you graduated high school within the last 10 years, you will be asked about your high school performance. This information is used to determine the appropriate level of English and math during your studies at San Diego City, Mesa, or Miramar College. 

  • If you graduated high school more than 10 years ago, you will be directed to our online Placement Assistant after your application has been processed.

The last part will ask you about your college education. If you indicated that you attended another college, you will be asked about your recent college education.  This includes the highest degree earned:

Eventually, you will be required to submit official transcripts from any prior college in order to help us create your student education plan (your roadmap to completing your educational objective).

Click "Continue" when you are ready for the next section - Citizenship/Military


The next page will ask for your Citizenship and Military Information:


 If you do not have any documents for citizenship or non-immigration status, please be sure to select "Other" and choose "No documents"

Military Information

If you have not served, or not currently serving in the military select "None apply to me".

 Did you know that San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges provide additional service to our active-duty personnel and veterans?  Be sure to let us know so we can make sure you receive more information such as priority registration and using your GI Bill to help pay for college.


Residency Information

This section will ask you about your current physical presence and intent to make California your home.  Colleges are required by state law to ask these questions to determine if you are eligible to pay in-state tuition (enrollment fees).

Please be sure to answer the questions as of the date indicated.  This is known as the "Residency Determination Date"

Special Categories

The application will also ask if you are, or have ever been homeless (within the last 24 months) or in court-ordered foster care.  If either of these applies to you, please be sure to check yes. The colleges offer specific services to help you succeed in college and it will allow us to provide you with important information including access to additional financial resources, and on-campus resources.


Needs and interest will ask if you are interested in information on any of the services below.  Please note, the Main Language question is used to determine if English is not your native language and if you would be interested in taking English Language Acquisition - ELAC (formerly known as English as a Second Language - ESL) courses.


Demographic Information is used for state and federal reporting.  It is optional and will not be used to affect your studies.  


The supplemental questions will ask about your current marital status (required for financial aid purposes), branch of service, and expected number of paid hours per week.  


The Submission page provides you with an opportunity to:

  • Download a copy of your application and last chance to review and make any changes

  • Consent to the California Community College Chancellor's Office to submit the information you provided to San Diego City, Mesa, and/or Miramar Colleges for the purposes of applying for admission

  • Validate that the information you provided is accurate and that financial assistance is available to me if I apply for financial aid.  

If you completed all the steps, you should see a "Submit My Application" button at the bottom:



You have now submitted your application.  Please be sure to save the confirmation number and information shown on this screen.  We recommend that you print that page for your records.

You should receive a confirmation email with additional information and the next steps.