Admissions Information

Admissions & Records Office

Oceanside, Building 3300: 760.795.6620
San Elijo, Administration Building: 760.634.7870
Community Learning Center:  760.795.8710

Eligibility for Admission

To attend MiraCosta College, a student must be one of the following:

  • Eighteen years of age or older and able to benefit from instruction
  • A high school graduate or equivalent
  • A sophomore, junior, or senior in high school with a Concurrent Enrollment Permit signed by the high school principal and parent. This form is available at high school counseling offices and Admissions and Records at both MiraCosta campuses. Students under 18 years of age who have not completed high school and are not pursuing the equivalent of a high school education should contact the Admissions and Records Office for more information.

Residency Requirements

The Admissions and Records Office determines a student’s residency classification when the student applies to MiraCosta and whenever a student has not attended the college for more than one semester. Students will be notified about their residence classification within 14 calendar days of submitting their application or 14 calendar days after the beginning of the session for which the student has applied.

The residence determination date is the day immediately preceding the first day of instruction of the semester or term during which the student proposes to attend MiraCosta College. At any residence determination date, a student previously classified as a nonresident may be reclassified.

Students should contact Admissions and Records for further information regarding residency requirements.

Admission of International Students

Oceanside: 760.795.6897

As part of its educational program, MiraCosta promotes the internationalization of its college community by attracting capable international students. MiraCosta is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant F-1 visa students.

The college's International Office processes international student admissions and provides support services for F-1 students attending MiraCosta College. Prospective international students can be considered for admission to MiraCosta after submitting a completed International Student Application (for F-1 Visa) Form and all required application materials as outlined by MCCCD Administrative Procedure 5012 including the following:

  • Official high school (secondary school) transcript translated to English
  • Official transcripts in English from all colleges and universities attended
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or other proof of English proficiency
  • Proof of financial certification for all educational and personal expenses while attending college as an F-1 visa student.

All F-1 visa students must contact the International Office prior to enrolling at MiraCosta. The priority deadline to submit an application for fall semester is July 1 of the application year; the priority deadline to submit an application for spring semester (which begins in January) is November 15 of the previous year.

International students who do not meet the college's English language proficiency requirement and/or wish to improve their English skills can apply for full-time English language training offered by the college's Community Services program, the English Language Institute.

Applications for admission and details regarding MiraCosta's international student programs are available at the International Office (located on the Oceanside Campus) or on the office's website.

Special Admission Programs


Nursing students have special application and registration procedures. Specific details about MiraCosta College's nursing programs as well as the admissions requirements are available on the Nursing website.


MiraCosta College is now offering a bachelor's degree program in biomanufacturing. Information about the program's eligibility requirements, admissions process, and additional tuition for upper-division coursework is available under the Biotechnology area of study. 

Information for Veterans

Oceanside, Building 3300: 760.757.2121, x6285

Students receiving GI Bill educational benefits are subject to the following general policies:

  • Students must declare a major and enroll in classes required for their major.
  • Students must have ALL prior college and military credit evaluated.
  • Transcripts must be received by the college before the end of their first semester.
  • Students must meet with a MiraCosta academic counselor to obtain an educational plan during their first semester.
  • Students must be making satisfactory progress toward their educational goals.
  • Students must report all changes in their educational status, including adds and drops in class schedule, education plans, or Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) agreements, to MiraCosta's Veterans Education Office.

Continuing students should notify the appropriate staff member of their intention to continue the GI Bill prior to the end of each term to prevent interruption. Because not all classes are VA approved, students should have their classes reviewed by a counselor.

Students changing their major must file the necessary paperwork and make a counseling appointment to update their education plan. It takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks to process a VA Education Claim.

Early Military Discharge

Military service personnel who plan to request an early discharge in order to attend MiraCosta College should complete an Application for Admission and request confirmation from the Admissions and Records Office.

Full/Part-Time Student Status

Full-time status is required for certain programs, including the following:

  • Intercollegiate sports: Students must be actively enrolled in at least 12 units.
  • Veterans: Students must be enrolled in at least 12 units. Reduced benefits are available for students taking at least 6 units.
  • Financial aid: Most programs require at least half-time enrollment, which is 6 units.
  • EOPS: Students must be enrolled in at least 12 units or 14 contact hours per week.