How to Complete the Sierra College Online Application

About OpenCCC

All California Community Colleges use a shared application called OpenCCC. Some of the questions in the application may not fit your situation. If you experience this, give the best answer you can and move on. 

Benefits of OpenCCC

  • You can save your information on each page and return to it at your convenience. 
  • You can log in and apply at any California Community College in the system.

Email and Notifications

The application will ask you for an email address. Choose an email account you check frequently because you will receive important notices. To avoid delays, we recommend that you do not use a yahoo email account when completing your application.

Once you are officially admitted to Sierra College, we will send you a welcome email. This email will contain your next steps, including how to activate your personal account in mySierra. After your account is activated, you will receive an official Sierra College email account.

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Application

Getting Started

Begin by selecting "Create an Account" or "Sign In" on the "Application for Admission to College" page. 

  • If this is your first time applying to community college in California, access OpenCCC (Aplicar) click on "Create an Account" and enter your personal email (non-Yahoo accounts are preferred) or mobile phone number on the following page. Once you have completed creating your account, you will be taken to your OpenCCC homepage. Click on “Start a New Application” to begin applying. Apply online to Sierra College using OpenCCC. (Aplicar)
  • If you have a pre-existing OpenCCC account, access OpenCCC click on "Sign In" to begin. This includes returning students, former academic enrichment students, former dual enrollment students, etc. If you are unable to access or recover your OpenCCC account, please contact OpenCCC's support team at (877) 247-4836 or support@openccc.netOnce you have completed signing in, you will be taken to your OpenCCC homepage where you can “Start a New Application” or continue filling out your application.

NOTE: Your mySierra account and OpenCCC account are different accounts with different sign ins. Sierra College staff are unable to make changes or provide access to OpenCCC accounts. 

Helpful Application Hints

  • Each tab on the left side of your application represents a section that must be completed. 
  • Completed sections are identified by a check mark
  • Click "Save" to log the information you have entered at any time or press "Continue" to auto-save and move to the next section.

Need some help? Have questions? Email to be put in touch with an Enrollment Specialist. 

Filling Out Your Application

Section 1: Enrollment

This page has four drop-down menus.

  • Term: Make certain to double-check the dates for accuracy.
  • Educational Goal: If you have a plan in mind, select it from the list. If you are uncertain, select a category that seems appropriate. You will have time to refine your goals with your counselor later. This information helps us to understand your interests. If you are taking a class for enrichment, you can select "Undecided."
  • Major Category: Sierra College has nine interest areas that represent all the degrees and programs we offer. Interest areas help you find a pathway to reach your educational and career goals.  
  • Intended Program of Study: You will select a program within your major category (interest area) or you can choose undecided. The program you choose at this point can always be changed in the future.    

Section 2: Profile

Enter Your:

  • Personal information (Name, Phone, Date of birth, etc.)
  • Email address. Make certain to use one you check frequently; to avoid delays, we recommend that you do not use a yahoo email account when completing your application.
  • Social security number (or permanent residency information). You are not required to have been issued a social security number and can “decline to state” if you are undocumented or a DACA recipient. 
  • Mailing address (if different from the permanent address listed in your OpenCCC profile)

Section 3: Education

Enter your:

  • College Enrollment Status: This is your expected enrollment status at the time the college semester starts. 
  • High School Education. Select the option that best describes your high school education, list your graduation date (or best estimate, and select "Yes" or "No" for the question: Have you attended high school in California for three or more years?
  • Last School I Attended. Select the option that best describes the last school you attended. If you are still in high school, enter the school you are currently enrolled in. 
  • High School Transcript Information. Enter your GPA and select your highest level of English and math along with your grade for that course (or best estimate).  
  • College Education and Colleges/Universities Attended. Select your educational level at the time of applying, number of colleges attended, country, state, name, city, and dates attended.  

Section 4: Citizenship/Military

  • Citizenship and Immigration. If you are not a U.S. citizen, enter your Alien Registration number or Student Visa information.
  • U.S. Military/Dependent of Military. If you are or have been in the military, enter the name of the State of Legal Residence for the Military and Home of Record with the Military. Military dependents will enter Legal Residence of Military and Home of Record of their parent/guardian/spouse.

Section 5: Residency

California Residency: You will be asked if you have lived in California continuously for the last two years. If not, you will also be asked when your stay in California started. Learn more about California State Residency Requirements for Community Colleges.

Out-of-State Activities: Check off any boxes that apply to you, leave blank if none apply.

Special Residency Categories: Select "Yes" if you fit into one of the Special Residency Categories

Section 6: Needs & Interests

Enter your:

  • Main Language
  • Financial Assistance
  • Athletic Interest
  • Programs & Services: You can select as many or few as you are interested in. By checking the box, you will be sent an additional email with further information after you apply.

Section 7: Demographic Information

Enter Your:

  • Gender/Transgender (Can Decline to State)
  • Sexual Orientation (Can Decline to State)
  • Parent/Guardian Education Levels
  • Race/Ethnicity

Section 8: Supplemental Questions

  • Are you planning to take classes for fun? Select NO if you are planning on getting a degree, certificate and/or transfer.  
  • Are you pursuing a degree at a different institution and plan to take only a few classes at Sierra College? Select YES if you are also enrolled and attending another college or university.

Section 9: Submission

  • Select "Review My Application" and take a few minutes to make sure all the information is correct and update any mistakes.
  • After you've reviewed your application, scroll down, and complete the "Request for Consent to Release Information" by checking the “I consent” box.
  • Scroll down until you reach the “Submit Your Application” area of the page and check off the two required boxes.
  • Click “Submit My Application” to complete your Sierra College application.

Congratulations on Applying! 

Check your email for a welcome information message from Sierra College to learn next steps, including how to activate your mySierra account. 

After your account is activated, you will receive an official Sierra College email account.

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