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

Students are able to successfully navigate and resolve registration conflicts independently.

Mission Statement

To empower and transform a global community of learners

Admission Procedures

Students submit their application to the college through and CCCApply.

There are two different admission/enrollment paths. One path is for students who intend to complete a certificate, associate degree, or transfer to a university, or may be undecided but considering one of the aforementioned goals. Students on this path are NON-EXEMPT and are required to follow the enrollment steps as listed below.

The second path is for students who are enrolling at Skyline College for personal enrichment only and do not plan to achieve a certificate, associate degree, or transfer, or students who are matriculated at another college or university and enrolling at Skyline College only to meet the requirements of their home institution. The students are referred to as EXEMPT. To register for classes all students (NON-EXEMPT & EXEMPT) must:

  1. Apply Online:
  2. NON-EXEMPT students must complete assessment for English or ESL and mathematics. In addition to placement tests, there are alternate means of assessment including high school transcripts, external exams, and an assessment questionnaire. EXEMPT students who wish to take a course that has an English or math prerequisite must also complete assessment.
  3. NON-EXEMPT students and EXEMPT students who wish to use Counseling Services must complete the Skyline College Orientation, either in person or in WebSMART:
  4. NON-EXEMPT students must meet with a counselor and complete a Student Educational Plan (SEP).
  5. All students register for classes through WebSMART. Enrollment fees may be paid through WebSMART or in person at the Cashier’s Office.
  6. All students will be assigned a “” email. This email is the preferred communication method used by professors and the College. NON-EXEMPT students must complete Steps 1-4 to be eligible to register for classes.

EXEMPT students are eligible to register on their assigned registration date once they have applied for admission. Registration dates may be viewed in WebSMART.

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.

High School Students Programs: Concurrent, Dual Enrollment, Middle College, and Jump Start students shall provide a College Connection Concurrent Enrollment Course Request Form via mySMCCD Student Portal with parent and high school designee signatures. 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: Request an official copy of your Joint Services Transcript from the website. Send your JST, along with academic transcripts from all previous colleges attended, to 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. Deadline dates can be found at

Automotive Technology: The DAY Automotive Technology Program is by special application only. 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.