Become a Student

Follow our Steps to Success, and Shape your Future Today!

Apply to Attend

New and returning students who have not taken a class within the San Mateo County Community College District for one or more years must complete the online admission application.

Start your Application  

Apply for Financial Aid

You may qualify for a variety of financial aid programs depending on your financial needs and legal residency status. Apply for all types of Financial Aid from the links below.

Federal Financial Aid     California Financial Aid    Promise Scholarship  

Need help? Sign up for a Financial Aid Workshop by calling Financial Aid at (650) 306-3308 or email

 Financial Aid Department

Attend New Student Orientation

Orientation provides an overview of Cañada's programs and services.

To register for Orientation, call (650) 306-3452

If you are unable to attend in person orientation, we now have available an Online Orientation option you can access from WebSmart. Visit once you are a registered student and have your G-number to view instructions for your Oreientation session. 

 Orientation Department

Complete Placement

We look forward to helping you succeed in your academic career by helping you find the English, Math, and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses that will maximize your success.

As a California Community College student, you have the right to begin your education in transfer-level English and math courses, which will allow you to finish these courses within a year and graduate faster.

Here’s how we help you find the right courses:

  1. We will use the information you entered into CCCApply when you applied to Cañada. This typically includes your overall High School Grade Point Average (GPA) and which English and Math courses you took in high school.
  2. If you did not submit this information in CCCApply, you can submit it (or update it) any time in WebSMART:
    • Go to
    • Go to the top of the page and Click on the "Student" tab, and under the "Student Services" section, select the link for "Student Records"
    • In the "Student Records" page, select "High School Transcript Information"
    • Fill out the appropriate fields in this section.
  3. You can also send us an email that includes your G Number, High School GPA, and High School Math and English course titles and grades along with your unofficial High School Transcripts. Please send your email to:
  4. You can also submit electronic copies of the following documents when you meet with an academic counselor
    • AP Scores (Results may not be conditional)
    • Unofficial Transcripts from another College or University
English Recommended Placement Based on High School Achievement
Group H.S. GPA Recommended Placement
1 ≥ 2.6 ENGL 100
2 1.9 to 2.6

ENGL 105

(Including additional academic and concurrent support)
3 < 1.9

ENGL 105

(Including additional academic and concurrent support)

Statistics for Liberal Arts Recommendeded Placement Based on High School Achievement

Group H.S. GPA Recommended Placement
1 ≥ 3.0 MATH 145, 200, 201
2 2.3 to 2.9

MATH 200 + 800
(Including additional academic and concurrent support)

3 < 2.3

MATH 200 + 800
(Including additional academic and concurrent support)

Business or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Recommended Placement Based on High School Achievement
Group H.S. GPA Recommended Placement
1 ≥ 3.4 or... ≥ 2.6 & previously enrolled in a HS Calculus course

MATH 125, 130, 150, 225, 241


≥ 2.6 or… previously enrolled in a HS Pre-Calculus course

MATH 130 + 830

MATH 225 + 825

MATH 241 + 841

(Including additional academic and concurrent support)

3 ≤ 2.6 and no previous Pre-Calculus  Same as Group 2, above

Attend a Counseling Session

To schedule your own virtual counseling appointment click on your student success link in your OneLogin student portal account. Or you can schedule a counseling appointment by contacting the Welcome Center by calling (650) 306-3452  or emailing .

  If you are one of the catagories below, you can skip this step!

  • Taking Classes for Job Training/Personal Enrichment
  • Taking Classes to Fulfill Another College's Requirements
  • Student that has earned an Associates or higher degree from an accredited institution

  Counseling Department

Submit Transcripts from other Colleges

Submit transcripts from other colleges (if any) to Admissions & Records, otherwise go to Step 5.

Speak to a Counselor about the Transcript Evaluation Service.

Register for Classes  Continuing Students START HERE!

Look up available classes on WebSchedule, then sign up for your classes on WebSMART! Register early to get the classes you want!

WebSMART     WebSchedule  Registration Info

Pay Fees

Students will be dropped for non-payment of fees if fees are not paid by the payment deadline (See schedule of classes for the payment deadline) or if a student has a prior outstanding balance they will not be permitted to register

Fees may be paid with cash, check, money order, Discover, Mastercard or Visa through WebSMART or at the Cashier's Office, Building 9, 1st Floor. WebSmart can also be used to request a payment plan or apply for Financial Aid.


Arrange Transportation and Parking

  Parking Information    Transportation Options

Purchase or Rent Books from Cañada College Bookstore

Refer to your registration page on WebSmart for a link to required course materials.


Attend Your Classes

You're now a Cañadian! Keep up with events and important dates by following us on Facebook and Instagram

If you'd still like a tour of the campus, reach out to the Cañada College Outreach Department. Here is the campus map and directory.

Get Involved with Campus Clubs and Take Advantage of Support Services

Make time to join campus clubs and take advantage of student support services. There are many support services and campus activities for just right for you. Please visit or the Student Services section of the Catalog.

Students with disabilities who need assistance with any part of the matriculation process should contact the Disability Resource Center at (650) 306-3259.

  Student Services