New Student Information

Congratulations on your admission to MiraCosta College!

Important Mandatory New Student Orientation Information

Download the New Student Pre-Arrival Booklet

Step 1 - After Admission Package Arrives by Mail

Step 2 - Prepare for Arrival to MiraCosta College

Step 3 - Upon Arrival to United States


Applying for a Student Visa?

Once you have received a SEVIS I-20 Form from MiraCosta College, you can begin the student visa application process. Download the F-1 visa application guide.

Here are the steps for applying to the F-1 visa:

F-1 visa 

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Housing Information

Find housing information for local host family.

Housing is the responsibility of the individual student and/or sponsor. MiraCosta College does not provide dormitories or college-approved housing for students. Below are listed some web sites and phone numbers of companies/organizations that can assist you with planning your arrival to San Diego County. MiraCosta College assumes no responsibility and has no knowledge of the condition of housing advertised or the character/reputation of housing providers. Information furnished is for your convenience only. It is compiled from and readily available on the internet.

Finding housing is an important step for new students. What should you consider before making a housing decision? 

Step 1: Consider your budget

Host family A typical cost to stay with a host family is:

Private apartments and homes  A typical apartment costs:

*Nearly all housing will require a bus pass or private car to travel to school and shopping. A bus pass is currently $44 per month for MiraCosta College students.

Step 2: Decide how you will handle arriving to the United States

Finding the right housing option will be difficult from long distance. Finding an apartment, signing a rental contract, and deciding an appropriate location to live can take months. A homestay services can provide an immediate housing option and provide airport pickup from San Diego. If you would like to live with a host family either temporarily or permanently you can contact the following resources:

Step 3: Learn about the neighborhoods around MiraCosta College

Step 4: Learn more about housing options

Step 5: Understand rental contract and other matters

To rent an apartment or a room from a private home, you are required to sign a lease (rental contract) for 6 months to one year. Before signing a least, you should ask appropriate questions to understand what your responsibilities are as a renter.   

Roommate is like a business partner. You need to know someone welll enough to trust them to pay bills, respect your belongings and yourself. Before committing to a roommate, you should ask how rent and expenses will be divided and how they are paid. When living in an apartment, you should expect to pay for all furniture and possible moving expenses. Besides rent, you should expect to pay for electricity, water/trash pickup, cleaning supplies, and other shared expenses. 

Temporary Housing

The list below has information for 5 hotels/motels located near MiraCosta College

Name

Address

Phone Number

Motel 6

3708 Plaza Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056

1-760-439-1499

Extended Stay America

3190 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056

1-800-500-6328

Holiday Day Inn Express

3170 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056

1-800-718-8466

Super 8 Marty's Valley Inn

3240 East Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92054

1-866-966-3043

La Quinta Inn

937 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

1-760-450-0730

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Making Flight Arrangement

  1. First take the flyaway bus from the airport to the Los Angeles Union Station.  
  2. Once you are at the Union Station, you can take the Metrolink Train directly to the Transit Center in Oceanside. You can find more information on the train stations and train schedules at the Metrolink website

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Money Matters

Estimated Cost of Attendance for the first semester at MiraCosta College

Students should arrive to the U.S. with ability to pay for all first-semester (5 months) expenses. If you are a NEW STUDENT in SPRING SEMESTER: Download instructions on how to make online payment for the mandatory insurance coverage for the month of January.

  • Tuition and Fees*
$3,000
$699
    (insurance is mandatory) 
  • Room and Board    
$5,025
     (host family placement for 4 months + food estimated at $200 per month)
$200
     (monthly bus pass for 4 months)
                                                                                        
$500
  • Miscellaneous** 
 
Total       $9,424

* Fees are subject to change without prior notification.

**Optional Fees

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What to Pack

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Arriving in the U.S.

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Reporting to MiraCosta College

Are you READY to enroll in classes for fall?  Be sure to complete the following steps:

R- complete an online Registration form

E - take English and Math placement tests at MiraCosta College

A -meet an Academic counselor at the International Office

D - Don't wait to log in to SURF

Y - You are ready to enroll and pay for your classes

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How to Print your I-94 Card 

Click here to print your I-94 Card.

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Placement Tests

Before arriving to MiraCosta College, all new students need to complete an online MiraCosta College registration form. This form will assign you a student ID number for the college and prepare a registration date for you to enroll in classes. To complete the form:

Click here to complete the online registration form:  http://www.cccapply.org/applications/CCCApply/apply/MiraCosta_College.html

  1. The TOEFL requirement is used for admission purpose only. All student attending MiraCosta College, American students and international students, will take an English placement test upon arrival.
  2. English placement test will determine what classes you can take.
  3. All international students should expect to take English classes when beginning college.

 Math Placement Test

  1. Math placement test is required for all students interested in college degrees.
  2. MiraCosta offers 4 math tests. Each students selects one test to take upon arrival.
  3. The Academic Counselor will explain your math requirement.

A math review is available for each test online. Reviewing will help you brush up on your math skills before you come in to take the test. Click the links below to go to the review.

You may also purchase a math review packet (of the same material online) in our bookstore on either campus for about $2.50. They are available for each of the test levels: (1) algebra readiness, (2) elementary algebra, (3) intermediate algebra, and (4) pre-calculus.

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New Student Orientation

Who must attend the Orientation?

All international students, regardless of whether you are a first-time student in the U.S. or a transfer student from another institution in the U.S., must attend the New Student Orientation. Prior to attending the New Student Orientation, It is recommended that you also complete Online Orientation and complete the quiz at the end to receive credit for this portion of matriculation. You may view this presentation as many times as you like. If you do not need credit for viewing our orientation, do not submit the quiz at the end.

Launch Orientation button

Read the Technical Requirements section before viewing the presentation.

When should you attend the Orientation?

The New Student Orientation for Fall 2013 students is on August 6 & 7, 2013. 

Why should you attend the Orientation?

  1. Transition is easier in a supportive environment.
  2. Finding your way around before other students arrive.
  3. Chance to meet other new and returning students, faculty and staff.
  4. By attending both the online and in-person orientation sessions, you will complete the requirement to become a matriculated student and can enroll in classes earlier.

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Important Dates

2014-2015 Academic Calendar

First Day of Fall Class Enrollment for New Students Late July
New Student Orientation Day 1 08/06/2014
New Student Orientation Day 2 08/07/2014

First Day of Fall Classes

08/18/2014
New Student Orientation 01/07-01/08/15
First Day of Spring Classes 01/20/2015
Spring Break 03/16-03/14/2015
Last Day of Spring Classes 05/22/2014

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Class Registration

Step 1

Sample class selections based on TOEFL scores

Step 2

Contact Us

Contact Information
iip@miracosta.edu
P 1.760.795.6897
F 1.760.757.8209

Location
Campus Map
Oceanside Campus
Building 3400, Rm 3443
(Parking lot 3B)

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Mailing Address
MiraCosta College
IIP, #12A
1 Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056

Office Hours
Monday to Friday (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)