First-Time Students
Begin your journey as a first-time college student

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Congratulations! You have chosen to pursue your college education at one of California’s premier community colleges. Long Beach City College welcomes all first-time college students and supports them through the entire application and enrollment process.

Step 1: Complete the Admissions Application

Fill out the CCCApply online application and follow the instructions carefully when creating your account. After applying, you will be sent an email with your LBCC Student ID number and instructions for creating your Viking Student Portal account on the LBCC website. Please note that the login information for CCCApply is different from the login information you create for the Viking Student Portal and will not work on the LBCC website. You must create a login for the Viking Student Portal in order to access all of the enrollment services.

If you wish to have classes from other colleges evaluated, please bring an official transcript to Admissions & Records. Evaluations can take up to one month to be completed, so be sure to start this process as early as possible.

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

Get help paying for your enrollment fees at LBCC by visiting Financial Aid to learn about the financial aid options available to you.

Step 3: Complete the Online Orientation

Log into the Viking Student System and complete the online orientation and all the necessary steps to officially become an LBCC student.

Step 4: Take the Assessment Exams

The Assessment tests are mandatory before you can register and help determine which Math and English classes you should enroll in. All assessments test are open and do not require an appointment. You can check the Assessment & Orientation Schedule for available dates and times.

Step 5: Attend an Educational Planning Workshop

Attend a workshop for new students and learn about what Long Beach City College has to offer. During this time you will have a chance to meet with a Counselor and complete a Student Educational Plan that will list the courses you can register for during your first semester. You can visit Assessment & Orientation to sign up for a workshop.

Step 6: Register for Classes

You can register for classes through the Viking Student System. Be sure to check online for your registration appointment and that all your prerequisites have been met. Returning students who did not attend the previous semester should verify that they are term activated for the current semester.

If you have a hold on your account, you must contact the department listed to clear the hold before you can register.

Step 7: Pay Your Fees

You can pay your enrollment fees through the Viking Student System or by visiting the Cashier’s Office on either campus.

Step 8: Pick up your College Services Card

After paying the fee for College Services, you can take your validation sticker to the Student Center and have your picture taken for your LBCC Student ID card.

Step 9: Purchase books & class materials

You can view and purchase your books through the Viking Student System under LBCC Online Services or by going directly to the LBCC College Bookstore website. Books can also be purchased in the bookstores at the LAC and PCC campuses.

Step 10: Attend the first meeting of class

You must attend the first meeting of each class. Students who do not attend the first day of class are subject to being dropped from without notice. If you have an emergency that may prevent you from attending the first day of class, you must notify the instructor ahead of time. Contacting the instructor about the missed attendance does not guarantee your placement on the class roster and is at the discretion of the instructor.

If you are on a waitlist, you will need to attend the first day of class and receive a permission number from the instructor to complete registration. Students on the waitlist are not guaranteed placement on the class roster and are based on availability.