Class Search and Registration Tutorial 

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Troubleshooting Short Videos: 

I have added the course to my plan but do not see it on the drop/register page.

Fire Academy course registration tutorial.

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Continuing Students

If you have taken classes at Columbia College in the past three semesters, you may register for classes on or after your registration date and time.

  • If you have forgotten your password or W number, and cannot reset your password on your own, you must contact the Help Desk at 209-588-5385 to help you reset it.  The A&R staff cannot give out any personal information such as W numbers over the phone. 
  • If you have attended Columbia College in the past but have been gone for a year or longer, you will be required to complete a new admissions application via the yellow Apply Now button at the top left of this page.

New and Returning Students

If this is your first time taking a class with Columbia College (or you have attended in the past but it has been a year or longer), start by completing the Admissions Application. Click the Apply Now button at the top left of this screen.

  • Once you submit your online admissions application, you will receive an email from CC Admissions confirming your acceptance and providing you with your student identification / "w" number. 

Wait List Information

If you have added yourself to the waitlist for a class, the system will automatically notify you, via your student email, if a space becomes available. The waitlist system stops sending permission to add emails 5 days before a class begins. If you did not receive a permission to add email from the waitlist, you may contact the instructor via email to request permission to add. See "Adding a Course" below for instructions on registering after receiving instructor permission to add.

Adding a Course

Once a class begins, you are unable to add into any course without instructor permission even if it has open seats.  Please watch the Class Search and Registration Tutorial video at the top of this page.  If you need further help learning how to add courses, you can call the Welcome Center at  209-588-2194,  to speak with a Student Ambassador and they can help you with that process.

Whether you are taking an online or in person course, the registration process is now the same.  We are no longer using "access codes or E add cards" for courses.   Students will email faculty for permission to add and the faculty may grant permission in Self-Service.  Begin at the Class Search page.  Find a course section that you are interested in taking and click on that section number.  You will be taken to the Self-Service portal and will need to and log into your account using your student identification number ("w" number) and password.  You will add that section to your "semester plan."  You may add as many other sections as you like to your plan to figure out your schedule.  Once you are happy with the way your plan looks, you will need to register for each course by clicking on the Register and Drop Courses screen.  Be sure to watch the video above to see this entire process! 

Add Authorization

If you emailed your instructor and received permission to add a section, you may register once the course begins.  Check the course section on your semester plan in the Self-Service portal to see if the instructor has given permission for you to add.   There will be a light blue "Authorized for Add" message showing in the section on the Register and Drop screen. 

For a step by step breakdown of adding a section via Add Authorization please see the how to guide below

Add Authorization How To Guide For Students

If you cannot add a class on your own for some reason, you can complete a Course Registration form and email it from your Columbia College student email account to and the A&R Team will assist you.  

Dropping a Course

You may drop courses in the Self-Service portal on the Register and Drop Courses page.  You can access the Self-Service Portal through connectColumbia by clicking on Register and Drop Classes link.

If you need assistance in dropping a class, you can complete a Course Drop form and email it from your Columbia email account to  and the A&R Team will assist you.  Please note that if you drop after attending the class past the census date, you will receive a withdrawal grade (W) on your transcript.  You can drop the course until 75% of the course has been completed.  After that point, you can no longer drop or receive a W in the course.  Instead you will receive an A-F grade from your instructor.  Please see the Class Search for census and drop dates for your particular class. 


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