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Cerritos College - Student Message for Opening of New Year

Fall 2017

We are glad you are here at Cerritos. We want your new semester to start well and be successful.


Attend the first Class Meeting and Arrive Early
Demand for seats in certain classes is high, so don’t be late or absent from your classes.  You risk losing your seat and being dropped from class.  Review the Campus Map now and locate each of the buildings in which you have classes.  Large construction projects are underway—refer also to next item.  You will find changes in parking lots and walkways.  Lot C-10, off 166th Street, is our largest parking area.

  • You are advised to arrive on campus at least 1 ½ hours before the start of your classes each day of the first week.

Campus Construction and Paths of Travel
Construction is underway in many areas of the campus. Please refer to the Campus Map online and note the following.

Project: New Alondra Boulevard Drop-off Shade Structure

  • Until new shade structure at the Alondra Blvd. Drop-off in front of the AD Bldg. is completed, please plan to go around the fenced area to get to and from campus and the drop-off driveway.

Project: New North Shade Structure at the Library

  • The large walkway from Parking Lots 5 and 6 cannot be used past the Library, but can be used to get to six buildings nearby Lots 5 and 6: LA/DSPS, S, BE, SS, MP, and AD and to connect to other routes into campus.

  • For an alternate to get further in and out of campus, consider the major walkway from Parking Lots 6 and 7 located between the S and PST Buildings, among others.

Additional Projects
Other construction sites are shown in red on the campus map at the link above, including:

  • The Health and Wellness Complex between the Student Center and the PE buildings
  • The Performing Arts Center between the new Fine Arts Building and the Classroom Building
  • The construction support route between and adjacent to the HS and ME Buildings.
  • Soon: Start of South Shade Structure between the HS and AT Buildings.

For information for students with disabilities, please contact DSPS.

Neighborhood Parking Tow-Away Zones
The City of Norwalk enforces immediate tow-away of vehicles parked illegally in the tow-away zones in the neighborhoods around the campus. Fines and fees can cost hundreds of dollars. Be sure to park legally. Visit Parking for more information.

Class Add, Drop, and other Deadlines
Familiarize yourself with add, drop and other college deadlines. Dates for class terms are provided at Session Dates and Deadlines and information is in the Schedule of Classes.

Textbooks for Less—Book Rental
The Bookstore provides a cost-saving rental option on many of the most popular textbooks. Visit online at Cerritos College Bookstore or on campus in the Student Center for more ways to save.

Financial Aid
The new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available at . Make sure to submit your application as early as possible. More Cerritos College Office of Financial Aid information and assistance is available online at Cerritos Financial Aid.

Pay College Fees before Deadlines—Check MyCERRITOS at to Confirm Your Enrollment
Check your account and be sure you know what you need to do and by when.

Do You Need to Apply or Re-Apply?
Yes, if you never applied or if you applied before but did not attend. Try to log on to MyCERRITOS at to check your status. Click on Student Application - Online, to apply or reapply.

Plan to be Flexible in Scheduling
Many classes in English, math, and reading will become full before the semester begins. These classes are offered at many times. If the time you selected is closed, look at other times. Sign up on the wait list when necessary. Be prepared to wait and take the course next term.

Use MyCERRITOS regularly for important information. Be sure to view your Holds, To Do List, Message Center and Account Summary. Learn more at

Ally Support Teams
Cerritos College supports student success and completion in many ways. Multiple groups and services, including departments and student organizations, are here for you. Students, faculty, staff, and managers have been active in creating, launching, and supporting the college’s Safe Zone, AB540, and VetNet Ally programs. Reach out and let us know how we can help. Contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.

Emergency Text Alerts
All students should sign up for Cerritos College emergency text alerts. Sign up can take as little as 1 minute. Subscribe via the following link:

Thank you for your time and attention,

Best wishes,
The Student Services Team

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