How to Apply & register in Credit Classes

Welcome to MiraCosta College! Ready to get started? Follow the steps below to begin your educational journey!

We encourage new students to attend Spartan Start. Attending Spartan Start will help you become familiar with the campuses, learn about social and academic resources, and connect with professors, staff, and students for a great start at MiraCosta College.

(See step 3 for important information about clearing prerequisites)

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Note: clicking the button will take you to another site. If you have a copy of your high school transcripts available you may want to have it handy when filling out the application as there are questions about your coursework and grades.

MiraCosta College uses CCCApply to process all of our applications. Submitting an online application is a two-step process. First: create an OpenCCC account (CCC stands for California Community Colleges). Second: continue to "Start New Application" for MiraCosta College. (see PDF Instructions).

If you are a continuing student (i.e. have not had two semesters or more off) you do not need to submit a new application.

If you are a returning student (i.e. have been gone more than two semesters) you will need to follow the steps above to submit a new application.

All students (new and current) must complete Spartan Prep in order to qualify for priority registration. Spartan Prep gets you off to a great start on your college career and leads to higher student success. Log into your SURF Account and click on the Spartan Prep Tile:


Spartan Prep has two steps:
1. Online Orientation and Advisement
This helps new students have a successful transition to college by introducing them to helpful college services and resources.
2. First Semester Education Plan
This will walk new students through a step-by-step process to ensure that they have a plan for the classes they need to take their first semester.

If your course(s) require a prerequisite you must clear the prerequisite prior to enrolling for the course. Please note that this process may take up to 3 business days.

Coursework from another school that is being used to clear the prerequisite at MiraCosta must be submitted to Admissions and Records with the Prerequisite/Priority Enrollment Form. MiraCosta will accept Official or Unofficial transcripts for proof of completion of prerequisite coursework as long as the school name, student name, course and grade are clearly visible.

Placement test from another California Community College may be used to clear the prerequisite at MiraCosta and must be submitted to the Testing Office (email: testing@miracosta.edu). See all the alternatives to taking an assessment test.

Use SURF to register for the classes you selected in your First Semester Education Plan!

IMPORTANT: Sending an official transcript to MiraCosta College will not automatically clear prerequisites or cause your English/Math to be cleared for priority enrollment you must also submit the Prerequisite/Priority Enrollment Form.

Once you have your SURF ID you can log into SURF to use our additional tools:

myEdPlan Logo
myEdPlan is an electronic tool to help you see which courses you need to complete your academic goal

Schedule Builder Logo
Schedule Builder is an electronic tool to help you build your class schedule once you know which classes you need.

Log into your SURF Account to pay for your classes.

We have plenty of tutorials to help you navigate if you get stuck!