Most come here with the intent to transfer to a four-year school. Cuesta has transfer agreements with the University of California (Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz) and others. Each year, Cuesta sends hundreds more students to neighboring Cal Poly than any other community college in the state. Other students seek out our career technical ed classes to begin a career or return for additional training and a specialized certificate that allows them to climb up the career ladder.
Whatever your goal, Cuesta College can help turn your dreams into reality.
Admissions & Records ›
The Admissions and Records Office in the Student Services Division is responsible for determining student eligibility for admission, graduation, and organizing Commencement. Our office processes admission applications, including International Student and Nursing/Allied Health program admissions, and official transcripts.
We are responsible for determining residency status, athletic eligibility, and Veterans benefits. Additionally, we administer registration services, maintain academic records, prepare transcripts and diplomas, and review petitions for exception to District policy.
Assessment placement assists students in choosing the right courses and may be used to satisfy mandatory course prerequisites. First-time college students are expected to complete the placement process. View the testing calendar or see options for testing. Assessment testing is free.
The CaFE Center is the new home of CalWORKs, Foster Youth, & EOPS/CARE.
The Center provides comprehensive support, services, and resources to CalWORKs, foster youth, and EOPS/CARE students in order to empower, motivate, and encourage them to reach their educational, career, and life goals in a welcoming and safe environment.
New students start here! Counselors are master’s degree prepared professionals who are trained to provide personal, academic, and career counseling services. Counseling appointments are offered in various modalities.
Disabled Student Programs & Services ›
Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS) promotes the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of their postsecondary education. DSPS advocates and facilitates equal educational opportunities through appropriate support services, curricula, instruction, policies and funding allocations. DSPS works to eliminate discrimination against students with disabilities and to promote their independence, growth, productivity and equality. Our goal is to provide academic accommodations and other services to assist students with disabilities in achieving their academic goals.
Financial Aid ›
Financial aid programs are available to help students who might otherwise be unable to complete their education. Students may apply for financial aid in the form of grants, fee waivers, student loans, work study and scholarships.
The mission of the Cuesta library is to support and enhance the college’s instructional programs by developing and maintaining collections of print and electronic resources to meet the information needs of students and faculty, and by teaching students to access, evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically.
Student Health Center ›
The Student Health Center offers free, confidential healthcare services for every enrolled Cuesta College student that has paid the mandatory health fee. Our dedicated staff of professionals include: Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care Clinic), Registered Nurses, Marriage and Family Therapists (M.F.T.), and caring support staff.
Student Success Center & Tutoring Options ›
Student Success Centers (SSC) at Cuesta College promote the academic skills, learning strategies, and habits necessary for academic success in all disciplines. The SSCs at both the SLO & NC campuses create a responsive, accessible, and learner-centered space for ALL students to attain independent learning and achieve their personal, educational, and vocational goals. Additionally, the SSCs support the instructional objectives of faculty by advancing the SSCs as curricular extensions of the classroom.
Veterans Services ›
The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is the heart of the college’s veteran community and serves as a gathering place for student veterans to connect and socialize. Veterans from all branches of service are welcome and can expect to receive professional, courteous, and compassionate support as they pursue their educational and vocational goals at Cuesta College.