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Apply to El Camino College

El Camino College is accepting online applications. Apply as early as you can. 


Who Needs to Apply?

  • New students/Transfer students (never attended El Camino College)
  • Returning student who has been away for two or more consecutive spring and fall semesters
  • Continuing students do not have to reapply

International Students

Do Not complete this application if you’re a prospective or current F-1 Visa international student. See information for international students for application and admission info.

High School Students

K-12 students planning to take college classes while still in high school need to apply for admission and submit a separate Dual Enrollment form. See Dual Enrollment for more information.

Application Process

Follow these steps to apply online:

Beginning February 2, 2024 CCCApply will  be intergrating identity verification through ID.me.  ID.me will help protect student identities and prevent fraudlent applicants from taking spots in classes from real El Camino Warriors.     

ID.me information


First-time students should start by setting up a CCCApply account (returning students who previously set up CCCApply will use their existing accounts). You’ll need a valid and active email account or a mobile phone number. 

Once you set up a CCCApply account, you’ll receive a CCCID at the email address you provided. Use your CCCID to begin your application.

Completing the application may take at least 30 minutes. If you need help, email admissionshelp@elcamino.edu or visit the Warrior Welcome Center on campus.

You’ll need your Social Security number (SSN) for financial aid and tax purposes. If you don’t provide an SSN, your application and financial aid processing will be delayed.

You’ll also need your high school transcripts to provide information about the English and math courses you’ve taken.

Within one to two business days, you’ll receive an El Camino student ID number (ECC ID) and instructions for logging into MyECC and your new El Camino email account. (If you don’t see this message after a few days, be sure to check your junk/spam folder.)

You’ll need your ECC ID and MyECC access throughout your time at El Camino. You’ll use MyECC to register for classes, and we’ll communicate with you via your MyECC email address.

Term Schedules and Application Dates

Term Term Dates Apply Starting Class Schedule
Summer 2024 Jun 17 - Aug 8, 2024 Apply Now** View Class Schedule
Fall 2024 Aug 26 - Dec 24, 2024 Apply Now * View Class Schedule
Winter 2025 Jan 6 - Feb 6, 2025 To Be Announced Coming Soon


*You only need to apply for Winter if you are planning on attending Spring too. No need to submit two applications. **Please apply for Summer 2024 if you are planning on attending Fall 2024.

Clearing Prerequisites

If you’re a transfer student who’s completed courses that satisfy prerequisites for El Camino courses you’d like to take, complete the online clearance process. Clear your prerequisites as soon as you can to avoid enrollment delays.

Applying to Special Programs and Services

El Camino offers special programs that provide academic, personal, and social support to communities of students. These programs require additional application processes:

  • First Year Experience: Enrolls new students in common courses to build academic and social networks. Designed especially for first-generation students.
  • Honors Transfer Program: Prepares highly motivated students for transfer to a four-year college or university.
  • Mathematics, Engineering & Science Achievement Program: Addresses educational and financial needs among students who plan to transfer to a four-year school.
  • Warrior-Toro Computer Science Pathway: Facilitates transfer to the computer science bachelor’s degree program at California State University Dominguez Hills.
  • TEACH ECC: Brings together future teachers and education professionals.
  • Project Success: Boosts academic performance and retention. Affiliated with the Umoja Community, which enhances experience for African American and other students.
  • Puente Project: Provides English instruction, counseling, and mentoring to encourage transfer to four-year schools. Historical focus on Mexican American/Latino students.

Some services and resources also require students to apply or provide additional documentation:

  • South Bay Promise: Waives enrollment fees and provides additional support for first-time, full-time students coming to El Camino from high school
  • Financial Aid: Connects students with grants, loans, and other resources to fund their education
  • Extended Opportunity Programs & Services: Supports enrollment, retention, and transfer for students facing language, social, economic, and educational disadvantages.
  • CalWORKS: Offers counseling, priority registration, college Work Study, and other services to students receiving cash aid.
  • Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE): Provides support for academically under-prepared, welfare-dependent, single-parent students.
  • Guardian Scholars Program: Supports current and former foster youth studying at El Camino.
  • Special Resource Center: Helps students with disabilities establish classroom accommodations.
  • Veterans Services: Helps military veterans access educational benefits and provides additional academic and personal support

Application & Enrollment

Find a step-by-step guide to applying for admission and financial aid, orientation and academic counseling, and enrolling for your first classes.

Warrior Welcome Center

Visit the Warrior Welcome Center, your one-stop-shop for future El Camino students, offering orientation, assessment, and help with any question.

Financial Aid

Get help with aid applications, navigate types of aid, and learn how aid is dispersed.


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