Helpful Links & Resources
- New Student Resources
- Spring 2023 Application Instructional Handout & 10 Minute Video
- CATEMA account creation and class registration instructional video
- Returning Students (Previously submitted a MiraCosta College application)
- Spring 2023 Application Instructional Handout & 8 Minute Video
- Returning Students: CATEMA enrollment & account retrieval video
- All Students
- Application Cheat Sheet Handout & Quick Tip Application Video (3 Minutes)
- CATEMA Account Creation and Retrieval (with screen shots)
- Local Community College Career Education Programs
benefits for Students
- Earn college credit for free
- Credit applicable towards pre-requisites, certificates, degrees, and/or transfer. Each college or university decides how to apply transferable credit, including credit by exam. Most articulated credit transfers as lower division elective units to 4-year colleges and universities.
Student Required Steps
Students must complete all the following steps. Failure to do so will result in no credit awarded.
- Submit a MiraCosta Spring term application every year you are enrolled in an articulated class (even if you applied in the past). For example, for the 2022-23 school year, all students who want credit should submit a Spring 2023 application.
- Register on CATEMA, our web-based roster and gradebook. CATEMA is not connected to SURF, and you won't see your enrollment in the class on SURF until after we have enrolled students and transcripted credit for those who met all the requirements.
- Earn an A or B in the course AND on the final exam/project/porfolio. We transcript the exam grade with the notation of "Credit by Exam."
- Receive recommendation for credit by high school teacher. MiraCosta faculty will determine the grade and credit recommendation for courses articulated with our Media Arts Technologies and Music Technology articulated courses.
MiraCosta Admissions Application & Transcripts
Application Tips and Highlights: Use the above videos and handouts for step-by-step guide to accurately complete your application and avoid delays and/or ineligibility.
- Submit a CREDIT application for the current school year's SPRING TERM. Submit Spring 2023 application for the 2022-23 school year.
- Save your CCC Apply account login information in a secure place. MiraCosta doesn't have access, nor are we able to assist with forgotten login information. You will have to go through the "Forgot username or password" steps on the CCC Apply site or contact them directly for assistance.
- On the Enrollment page, select "Enrolling in high school and college at the same time."
Credit is transcripted over the summer following the school year. It is a lengthy process. Teachers input grades in CATEMA, and we go through numerous steps to input those grades and credit in the MiraCosta SURF system. Our goal is to complete the process by September 1st.
Submit a request online to have your transcripts sent to another institution.
Articulated Credit & College Applications
The guidance regarding how to list articulated credit on college applications comes from the CSU Chancellor's Office and UC Office of the President. Please note: students should not list both the high school and MiraCosta course, as this artificially inflates A-G completion and GPA.
- Credit earned in 9-11th Grades: DO NOT LIST THE HIGH SCHOOL COURSE. List the MiraCosta course and grade we transcripted. Remember, we transcript the exam grade, not the grade you earned in the course.
- 12th Grade Articulated Classes: ONLY LIST THE HIGH SCHOOL COURSE. Do not list the MiraCosta course as "In Progress" or "Planned," as you don't know if you will earn the credit. Listing a course and then not earning the credit can be grounds for a university to revoke their offer of admission. If an application has space for you to provide any additional information, you can state that the courses are articulated, and you might earn college credit by exam.
Student & Parent Articulation FAQ
Most credit by exam transfers as lower division elective credit. However, each UC campus will determine if the course completed with a Credit by Exam notation on the transcript will transfer as credit to a specific UC campus. Students can meet with a counselor for more detailed information to see how their credit will likely transfer to a specific CSU or UC campus and major.
Yes, you can still receive college credit. A Social Security Number is not required to complete the MCC application. Also, check out our Uprise program for other resources.