In the Spring!
Spring is the time to get ready for Fall classes
Starting college classes in the fall is one of the best times to begin your program of study because most classes run on a regular academic year (fall, winter, spring). Even though students can start college anytime, one thing that a lot of new students may not take into account are prerequisites. What's a prerequisite? In a nutshell, it's a predefined level of learning in reading, writing, and/or math that is required in order to start a program.
Some real-world examples
The prerequisites for the Dental Assisting program are MTH 60 (Intro to Algebra), PSY 101 (Psychology of Human Relations), CIS 120 (Intro to Computer Information Systems), and WR 115 (Intro to Expository Writing). These classes must be finished before fall. In fall, classes focused only on Dental Assisting start. See the Dental Assisting Advising Guide.
The Computer Science program (ASOT-CS) is a rigorous program and requires students to take MTH 251 (Calculus I) and MTH 252 (Calculus II) in the first year. See the Computer Science Advising Guide. That would require a prospective student to have completed MTH 112 (or an equivalent class) first or complete placement tests that put him/her in the MTH 251 level. This means that you may have to start thinking early about how to reach that level before fall.
If you are in high school ...
You should take the right high school classes so that you are ready to start your program of choice when you graduate. In addition, UCC offers dual credit classes that can help you get there. These dual credit classes count towards high school credit and college credit at the same time! Check with your high school counselor to see what is available to you.
Not in high school?
You could apply to UCC, then prepare for and take placement tests. Depending on your program of choice and your placement scores, you can fulfill prerequisites in winter, spring, or summer and be ready for a fall start! Of course, there are many options that can be discussed with an academic advisor.
Programs have requirements
UCC has a number of programs that require students to reach a certain academic level in order to start well. Many programs can be started with minimum qualifications but others have higher requirements. In any case, once you apply to UCC, and take your placement tests, it would be a great idea to talk to an academic advisor. Please take a look at some of our most popular programs below or explore our transfer, career technical, and online programs.
Apprenticeships - Special
Dental Assisting - Quick!
Engineering & Drafting Technician - Quick!
EMT - Quick!
Junior Database Administrator - Quick!
Junior Programmer - Quick!
Please talk to an Enrollment Advisor
UCC enrollment advisors are available to help you with any questions. Please contact any one of them to get individualized help and guidance.
Chelsea Hansen, Enrollment Advisor, 541-440-7743
Dan Ruch, Enrollment and Transfer Advisor, 541-440-7743
Marci Miller, Enrollment Advisor, 541-440-7743