Admission Requirements

Admission to Skyline College is governed by the laws of the State and supplementary regulations, as have been prescribed by the Board of Trustees.

The following persons are eligible to enroll in Skyline College:

  • Any high school graduate, OR
  • Any person possessing a GED or a California high school proficiency certificate, OR
  • Any person 18 years of age or older who may benefit from instruction, OR
  • A high school student with special approval.

Note: In Accordance with The Higher Education Act of 1965 and the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) is prohibited from recruiting and enrolling students residing in other States.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Admissions and Records staff has identified the following Student Learning Outcomes for the various services provided by the Office of Admissions and Records:

  1. High School Concurrent Enrollment Admission: High school students in the Concurrent Enrollment Program will be able to successfully complete the admissions process.
  2. Resolving Registration Hurdles: Students are able to successfully navigate and resolve registration conflicts.
  3. Degree/Certificate Self-Evaluation: Students will be able to self-assess their degree/certificate progress.

Admission Procedures

Once an admission application is completed, students are defined by the following groups:

New Students: Are those who meet at least one of the admission requirements and must complete the core services of orientation, assessment process, and counseling meeting prior to registration. See the Steps to Successful Enrollment New students should bring a copy of transcripts (whether from high school or from another college attended) to the counseling appointment. 

Former (Returning) Students: Former students are those who have had a lapse of at least two semesters (excluding summer semester) between enrollment periods.  Former students will reapply for admission by updating their online OpenCCC account.

Students with a Disability: Contact the Educational Access Center at (650) 738-4280 for information about accommodations available on campus. Submit an application for services. See “Educational Access Center” in the Student Resources section.

Concurrent Students: Concurrent students shall provide a College Connection Concurrent Enrollment Course Request. Form with parent and high school designee signatures certifying approval of college courses to the Admission and Records office. Concurrent students must submit this form every semester.

International Students: Submit an Admission Application and other documents as requested. Find more information on applying as an international student at the International Student website.

Non Resident Students: Students who have not been California residents for a full year before the opening day of a term should see “Residence Requirements for Admission” for more information about residency criteria and/or a change in status.

Transfer Students: Submit official transcripts from other colleges you have attended to Admissions & Records office. Meet with a counselor to determine completion of prerequisites and/or graduation requirements.

Veterans: Submit form DD-214 to Office of Admissions & Records along with transcripts from all previous colleges attended. The process to apply for and certify VA Educational Benefits is outlined at (See Veterans Admission and Services section for additional details). 

Admission Special Programs

Special programs require an additional application as a supplement to the College Admissions Application. Each special program has an application deadline date. Admission and program applications, as well as program information, are available online at from the department website.

Automotive Technology: The DAY Automotive Technology Program is by special application only. No application is required for evening or weekend classes. Find more information at

Cosmetology: Find more information on applying to the Cosmetology program at

Honors Transfer Program: Students are encouraged to apply for the program at

Respiratory Care: One class of students begins each year. Applications are due in spring for the Fall Semester. Find more information on applying to the Respiratory Therapy program at

Surgical Technology: This is a one year program that includes hospital rotations. Applications are due in spring for the Summer Session. Find more information on applying to the Surgical Technology program at

Varsity Athletics: A student must adhere to the California Community College Constitution and Bylaws and Coast Conference eligibility rules and regulations. Contact the Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance Division to complete an eligibility form.