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Pre-Arrival: Academic

Step 1: Log in to Your SBCC Pipeline Account

Pipeline is the student portal system where you will update your contact information, register and pay for classes, find resources, check email, and more.

Follow the steps in the Pipeline Login Instructions linked below. Remember to write down or take a picture of your username when it appears on the screen!

To login to Pipeline, click HERE.

After you login and find your registration appointment date/time you are ready to move on to Step 2!


Pipeline Login Instructions

Step 2: New Student Academic Advising online

Log in to New Student Advising with your Pipeline username and password. Read each module, pass the section quizzes, submit an "Education Plan", and pass the Final Quiz. The "Education Plan" is just a sample of the courses you would like to take, but is not your actual registration. You must complete this step before you can register for classes and before you attend WAVE Week.

IMPORTANT: You are NOT required to take your Assessment Test before completing the Advising. At the end of the Advising you will be asked to enter your test results; choose the option "Test not taken".

To start New Student Academic Advising online, click HERE.

Topics covered include:


  • How to Choose Your Classes

  • General Education Requirements

  • How to Earn an Associate Degree or Certificate

  • 4-Year University Transfer Requirements


  • After you successfully complete "Advising online" you are ready to move on to Step 3!



Step 3: International Student Orientation online

Log in to the International Student Orientation with your Pipeline username and password. Read each module, watch the videos, and successfully complete the Final Quiz. You must complete this step before registering for classes and before you attend WAVE Week.

To start the orientation, click HERE.

Topics covered include:


  • F-1 Visa Regulations

  • How to Use Your Medical Insurance

  • Student Support Services

  • Student Life

    Parents may view the International Student Orientation by visiting our Parents FAQ page.

    After you successfully complete "Orientation online" you are ready to move on to Step 4!



Step 4: Register for Classes online

Log in to Pipeline and register for your classes on the date and time of your registration appointment.

This Registration Tutorial video shows you how to read the schedule of classes, and how to use the Pipeline registration system. To watch the Registration Tutorial, click HERE.

Check out this list of First-Year Course Recommendations. This information is especially helpful to students who are interested in pursuing an associate degree or transfer to a 4-year U.S. university.

  • New for Summer? Register for a minimum of 4 units for Summer Session 2 and 12 units for Fall semester.

  • New for Fall or Spring? Register for a minimum of 12 units.

  • You can register in one online course, and it cannot be more than 3 units for Fall semester and 1 unit for Summer session.

  • You cannot register for Math and/or English classes until you attend WAVE Week.

  • You will finalize your course registration during WAVE Week with an academic counselor



  • Do you have a hold blocking you from registration? Login to "Orientation online" and "Advising online" to make sure you successfully completed both steps! Email a screenshot of the hold to your Advisor for assistance.

    If your last name begins with letters:

    A-Gt, your Advisor is Annette Boatman (alboatman@sbcc.edu).

    Gu-Lq, your Advisor is Jennifer Eggertsen (eggertsen@sbcc.edu).

    Lu-St, your Advisor is Shelby Arthur(snarthur@sbcc.edu).

    Su-Z, your Advisor is Rosemary Santillan(santillan@sbcc.edu).



    Step 5: How to Pay for your Classes

    For your first semester, you must pay in full by the end of WAVE Week.

    Tips for making your payment on time:


    • Notify your bank/credit card company to remove any "international purchase block" and "daily limit block" prior to arrival

    • Plan to make one payment in full - make sure that you have the full amount in your bank account

    • Know the billing address for your credit/debit card

    For all future terms you will be required to pay tuition and fees within 7 days of registration. If you have a problem with the payment, contact the International Office when you register for classes.

    A fee for the mandatory school-endorsed medical insurance plan is charged to your student account in Pipeline each semester. No waivers are offered and no other insurance will be accepted.

    If you cannot attend SBCC for any reason, you must notify your Advisor and drop your classes in Pipeline as soon as possible but no later than the Friday prior to the semester start date to have all tuition and mandatory fees eliminated from your Pipeline account.


    Students must follow all steps prior to arrival in the U.S.



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