Admission Requirements

San Joaquin Delta College is a public, two-year community college that awards credit which may be transferred to four-year colleges and universities. The College offers the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, career and technical curriculum, and Certificates of Achievement through courses offered at the Stockton campus, the South Campus at Mountain House, online, and at other locations throughout the district.

San Joaquin Delta College admits the following students:

  • High school graduates;
  • California High School Proficiency Certificate holders;
  • General Education Development (GED) Certificate holders;
  • High school students eligible to attend under the College Early Start Program; or
  • Other persons 18 years of age or older who can benefit from training offered on the basis of:
    • a standardized test,
    • other measurement instruments, or
    • other verifiable indicators (i.e., recommendations from professional educators or counselors who are not employed or affiliated with San Joaquin Delta College).

Admissions Requirements

Completion of admission requirements does not constitute registration. Students applying to San Joaquin Delta College, regardless of location, are required to:

  1. File a complete online application for admission
  2. Submit official transcripts from any college or university previously attended. Transcripts should be forwarded directly by that institution to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  3. Complete mandatory skills assessment. All new Delta College students enrolling for the first time will be required to participate in skills assessment prior to registration. Assessment will include English composition, reading, and mathematics skills. Students will be provided with their assessment results.
    Exemptions from the Assessment Requirement:
    • Students with earned college degrees from a U.S. accredited college or university are waived from the assessment requirement as verified by official transcript.
    • Some courses are specifically exempt from assessment and are identified in the College Catalog and Schedule of Classes.
    • Students intending to register in only Level I basic skills courses in reading, writing, or mathematics do not need to complete the assessment test. These courses are identified in the College Catalog and Schedule of Classes.
    • A waiver from the assessment requirement may be granted to a student who wishes to enroll in a single course with no prerequisite. A student may extend this waiver for another course provided that the previous course to which a waiver had been applied was passed with a grade of "C'' or higher. The continuance of this waiver shall not exempt the student from other skill or course requisites.
    • Completed intermediate algebra and college-level English composition at an accredited college or university in the U.S. with a grade of "C" or better as verified by official transcript.
  4. Placement Requirements: All students are subject to the following placement requirements in reading and English as a Second Language (ESL):
    • Reading: Students who score Level I in reading may enroll in any course designated as exempt from assessment. Students who score Level I in reading and wish to enroll in a course with a prerequisite of reading Level II must reach Level II before they will be allowed to enroll.
    • ESL: Students who possess a U.S. high school diploma may either use the ESL assessment or the reading section of the academic assessment and the reading requirements described above.
  5. Admitted Student: An admitted student is defined as one who has:
    • filed a complete application for admission and has been admitted to the College; and,
    • been assessed, submitted equivalent scores, or qualified for an assessment waiver.
  6. Matriculated Student: A matriculated student is defined as one who has:
    • filed a complete application for admission and has been admitted to the College;
    • declared a goal of A.A./A.S., transfer, or certificate;
    • been assessed, submitted equivalent scores, or qualified for an assessment waiver;
    • been admitted to a specific program, (i.e., nursing, police academy); or
    • met or is meeting the Level II reading standard; and, continually remained under the declared A.A./A.S., transfer, or certificate goa

Responsibility for Satisfying Requirements:

Each student must assume complete responsibility for: compliance with the instructions and regulations set forth in the College Catalog;

  1. selecting all the courses which will permit achievement of individual educational objectives; and
  2. satisfying prerequisites for any course which the student plans to take.

The College, likewise, assumes no responsibility for misinterpretation by students of policies and procedures as presented in the College Catalog. Counselors and advisors are available and willing to assist students in planning their programs. Any questions concerning information contained in this section of the College Catalog should be referred to the Office of the Vice President of Student Services. 

The district permits waiver of the 30-unit limit on basic skill courses. The procedure is part of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines. A Financial Aid Appeal may be made in the Financial Aid office.