Located in Cypress, California, Cypress College was established in 1966 and is a two-year college that offers 58 transfer degree programs that allow students to complete their first two years of a bachelor’s program at a much lower cost prior to transferring to a four-year college to finish the degree. The college also offers over one hundred forty career certificate programs, associate’s degrees in more than fifty areas and opportunities for students to meet continuing education requirements or study areas of personal interest. Classes are available at night, on the weekends, during the day and online.
There are eleven departments of instruction from which a student may choose a program and many different learning opportunities offered by each department. Some of the areas of study include business, counselling, social science, health science, continuing education and engineering.
For students wishing to begin the road to a baccalaureate program, the college offers either field-specific associate degrees that prepare the student for a bachelor’s program at a four-year institution or generalized programs such as liberal arts training so that the student may pursue the general elective courses that they would generally complete in their first two years of college.
There are also associate’s degree programs that offer the student an opportunity to gain an education so that they may enter the workforce in entry-level professional positions. Many students also obtain a standard associate’s degree so that they may work at a higher paying job while pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Some of the associates degrees include such typical areas of study as psychology, English, accounting, art and business. The college also offers unusual associate’s degrees that include mortuary science, culinary arts and flight attendant training.
Students seeking to receive professional certification so that they may begin new careers that require special education without a full degree may study in such programs as specific computer program training, culinary arts, automotive specializations and air conditioning and heating. These programs typically take one year or less.
There are also opportunities for students to brush up on basic skills or take special interest classes. In these situations, the student usually chooses their coursework based on their specific needs instead of following a structured, specific program. Students may choose to pursue their vocational or personal interests without the pressure of needing to complete an entire program that may include courses that they are not particularly interested in.
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Admissions are open and the admissions and registration process is extremely simple. To begin the process, students will need to complete the online application and submit it to the school. After the application process is complete, the applicant will receive an email with registration information. Next, the student will need to complete a student assessment that determines which course of study and services meet their goals. The assessment measures reading, grammar and math skills in order to place the student at the appropriate level of study. This testing is mandatory for all first time students unless they submit test scores from another California institution.
The third step in the registration process is orientation. The student can either choose to attend an orientation session in person or online. In this orientation, the student will get the test results from the assessment and learn about how to begin their studies. Students who attend the on-campus orientation will have the opportunity to talk to an academic counselor that will assist the student with course planning. The student will receive a schedule of classes and a college catalog. Students should bring their high school transcripts as well as any college transcripts that they may have to this session.
Students that choose the online orientation will receive all of the same services with the exception of the counselling session. Students should submit a tentative first semester schedule to an online counselor. If the student has questions after completing the online orientation, they may still choose to attend an on-campus orientation. After students have registered for classes, they may print off a copy of their schedule so that they may purchase books and supplies at the college bookstore.
Applying for financial aid is the next step. Students wishing to receive financial assistance need to complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) which is available online. The financial aid staff at the college will gladly assist students with this process in order to help them receive all of the aid that they may be eligible for.
The final step in the registration process is to actually register for classes. Students may do so online via MyGateway. Students will need to make sure that they meet all registration deadlines in order to be accepted into a class.
Financial aid is available to students in the form of scholarships, grants, federally subsidized loans and work-study programs. In order to be eligible for financial aid, students will need to complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) available online beginning in January. The financial aid office is available to assist students with this process. Students should be aware that financial information for both the applicant and the family will be required in order to complete the application and should have this information readily available prior to beginning the FAFSA.
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There are several different student organizations on-campus. There is a Student Activities Center that has a computer lab, game room, executive office areas, a student lounge and a general work area where student organizations may work on projects. There are several activities available throughout the year for the student body to participate in.
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The Cypress College Chargers participate in intercollegiate sports including men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, swimming and diving and tennis. Men have the additional choices of baseball, golf and wheelchair basketball while women may also choose volleyball and water polo.
Students that participate in athletics are provided with high-quality individual training and counseling and are encourage to develop to their full potential in order to be recruited by a four-year college or earn the opportunity to receive an athletic scholarship to continue their studies.
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