Student Programs and Services Available
Here is a quick guide to all our student programs on campus. Each is a part of Student Services.
Mission College sponsors seven varsity athletics teams-- baseball, women's basketball, badminton, men's and women's tennis, softball and women's volleyball. The teams are known as the Saints.
Prior to the start of the competition season in Fall or Spring.
- Mission College athletes must take 12.0 units during the season to be eligible for the team.
- Athletes must also maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA
- 3.0 of those units are devoted to the team's class.
- Athletes must all complete a pre-physical form to practice and play in games.
- Apply to Mission College here.
Associated Student Government
Associated Student Government
Are student representatives on campus, who direct campus wide events and who serve as a college representative with the Board of Trustees.
- Be enrolled in six (6) or more units with a GPA of 2.0 or better*, must not be on academic probation, must maintain this GPA and not drop below the required units while in office. *Student Trustee and President need a GPA of 2.5 or better.
- Cannot be elected Officer or Senate member of any other government (excluding clubs) at any other college.
- Must hold a current ASG sticker, both at the time of petition and during the term of office.
- Must attend a minimum of four (4) ASG meetings prior to filling a petition to run for office.
- Be able to attend all Senate meetings on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. in Campus Center Room 215 and devote time to Senate activities.
- If confirmed, Senators or Officers cannot represent another institution (college government) at any outside function (excluding clubs) in an official capacity.
- Comply with qualifications and guidelines as set forth in the California Education Code, the West Valley-Mission Community College District Board Policies, the ASG Constitution, and the ASG Bylaws.
- If confirmed, Senators or Officers are required to devote three hours per week in the ASG office.
- If confirmed, Senators or Officers agree to periodic grade check to be conducted by the Advisor.
CalWORKs is a federal, state and county funded program serving low-income students parenting at least one child under the age of 18. CalWORKs at Mission College works in collaboration with Santa Clara County Department of Social Services.
How to Qualify:
- Single or two parent household parenting at least one child under age 18
- Enrolled at Mission College
- Meet Santa Clara county CalWORKs income requirements
- Able to provide proof of income, residency, property, etc. to the county
- U.S. Citizen or have satisfactory immigration status
- Academic, personal and career counseling
- Book vouchers
- CalWORKs on-campus work study employment
- Referrals to on-campus and county supportive services
- Childcare benefits provided by the county
- Transportation benefits provided by the county
- County cash assistance for up to 48 months
How to Apply:
- Apply online or by phone: mybenefitscalwin.org
- Go in person to: 1867 Senter Rd. San Jose, CA 95112
- Meet with an eligibility worker to determine eligibility provide a copy of your Mission class schedule and attend a County Orientation
- Have your worker send a referral to the Mission CalWORKs office
Contact our office 408.855.5228 for details
Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS)
Students with Disabilities
DSPS supports students with either permanent or temporary disabilities by offering reasonable academic and service accommodations to maximize their success on our college campus.
Students do not need to have a learning or physical challenge to enroll in Educational Assistance courses; however, in order to receive services such as notetaking, test-taking accommodations, etc., students must have written verification of an eligible disability.
Eligibility for academic accommodations is based on a student's condition which must:
- Fall within the diagnostic categories listed on Disability Verification Form, and
- Impair a major life activity, and
- Pose an educational limitation for which accommodation is required and appropriate.
Mission College uses the information requested on the Disability Verification Form for the purpose of determining a student's eligibility to received authorized special services provided by the Disability Instructional Support Center. The definitions here are per the State of California Administration Code, Title 5, Section 56032 to 56044
may include but are not limited to:
- Test taking accommodations
- DSPS Tutoring
- Note taking accommodations
- Furniture/Preferential Seating
- Educational Assistance Courses
- Priority Registration
- Alternate Media
(e.g., digital text, Kurzweil 3000, Braille)
- Card to Bypass Lines
- Sign Language Interpreters/Real Time Captioners
- Liaison with faculty and community
(e.g., Department of Rehabilitation)
Specialized Equipment (examples):
- Digital Recorder or Smart Pen
- Assistive Listening Device
- Portable Closed Circuit TV
(distance and/or print magnification)
- Adapted Keyboard/Mouse
- Screen Readers
- 27” Monitors/or touchscreen
- Text to Speech Applications
- Screen Magnification
- Speech to Text Software
Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS)
EOPS offers services and grant to students who have experienced an economic, educational and/or language challenge. Often they are first generation students. CARE is for single parents.
- Be a California Resident or CA DREAMER/DACA/AB540 student
- Be enrolled full-time (12+ units) during your first semester in EOPS (DSPS/Foster Youth reduced unit accommodation: 9 units)
- Qualify for a California College Promise Grant (formerly Board of Governors or BOG Fee Waiver)
- Method A, B or C with a Zero EFC (Expected Family Contribution)
- Be educationally disadvantaged.
Some examples are:
- You did not graduate from high school or did not obtain an equivalent (must verify).
- You graduated from high school with a grade average less than 2.50 on a 4.0 scale (must verify).
- You do not qualify for college level math or English as required for an Associate Degree at Mission.
- You are a first generation college student. Your parent(s) did not receive a bachelor's degree in or out of this country.
- You are an emancipated foster youth and/or you were in foster care, kinship care guardianship and/or ward of the court upon your 18th birthday (you must be between the ages of 18-22).
- Enrollment assistance
- Priority registration to ensure enrollment in needed courses
- Assistance with applying for Financial Aid
- Orientation and Workshops to help ensure student success
- Academic, Career, and Personal Counseling
- EOPS Grants for qualifying students whose financial needs exceed the amount awarded through other types of financial aid
- Book Vouchers to assist with the purchase of required textbooks
- School Survival Kit to equip students with basic school supplies
- Transfer Assisance and sponsorship of transfer and scholarship opportunities
- Be accepted into EOPS
- Be a single head of household parent
- Receive CalWORKS/TANF (cash aid) benefits for yourself or your child(ren)
- Must complete CARE application form and have verified by case worker
- Laptop Loan Program
- Meal Vouchers
- CARE Resource Library
- Educational Events and Trips
- Community Resources
The Honors Project is for students who would like a take a challenging curriculum and have the goal of transferring to a four-year university
New and Continuing Mission College Student Requirements
- Completion of ENG 001A (or equivalent) with a B or better
- Completion of 9 UC/CSU transferable units
- 3.25 GPA
- A Bachelors Degree with a 3.0 GPA
First-time Freshman Requirements
- Eligible for ENG 001A via assessment test, EAP or AP scores
- 3.5 High School GPA (unweighted)
To maintain active membership in the Honors Transfer Project, students must:
- Completion of assessment, orientation and educational plan (click HERE for more information).
- Maintain 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA
- Recommended: Enroll in at least two Honors courses each year.
Honors Scholar Requirements
As a member of the Honors Transfer Project, you have the opportunity to graduate as an Honors Scholar, one of the highest academic awards granted by Mission College. To become an Honors Scholar, HTP students must:
- Maintain a 3.25 or higher GPA
- Complete a minimum of 15 units of Honors coursework (at least 9 units must be completed at Mission College)
- Recommended: COU 017, Transfer Sucess and Life Transitions or COU 007H, University Transfer Planning – Honors
Mission College has students from 33 countries and values its diversity of cultures on campus. Many students want to study as international students.
based on the semester
Many student questions can be answered via our Frequently Asked Questions in regards to elgibility, getting settled and living in America.
You may also want to check our pre-arrival information.
Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)
MESA is for STEM students and propels underrepresented groups into careers in math, science and engineering.
- ENROLLMENT: Students must be enrolled in 6.0 units or more at Mission College, and have completed less than 70 transferrable semester units prior to joining the program and a minimum 2.0 GPA.
- MAJOR: Students must major in a Math, Engineering, Science or a related field that requires calculus (Math 3A). Typical majors include: Math, Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, PreMed, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Pharmacy and Physics.
- TRANSFER: Students must plan to transfer to a four-year university to earn a bachelor's degree.
- REQUIRED CLASSES: In order to transfer students must plan to complete at least Math 3A (Calculus) or higher AND any 2 courses from the following list: Math 2, 3B, 4A, 4B, 4C, 19; Physics 4A, 4B, 4C; Biology 1A, 1B, 4, 41, 42, 43, 47, 48; Chemistry 1A, 1B, 12A, 12B.
- FINANCIAL HARDSHIP (SELECT ONE): MESA students must be eligible for financial aid, including the BOG waiver, OR Are not yet 25, but live on their own.
- EDUCATIONAL DISADVANTAGE (SELECT ONE): MESA students must be educationally disadvantaged. This includes being first generation to pursue a bachelors degree, OR attending a low-API high school, OR beginning college with a math assessment at or below elementary algebra, and other factors.
- FRIENDS OF MESA (ASEM): The MESA Program has a limited number of spots for our Friends of MESA students. Friends of MESA must meet all the requirements above, but can have either an educational or an economic disadvantage. Due to limited resources, we may not be able to admit Friends of MESA students each semester. Friends of MESA students enjoy many of the benefits as MESA students. Ask us for more details.
Events: MESA events are posted on our MESA home page calendar and e-mailed to current MESA and Friends of MESA/ASEM students. Several events are open to ALL Mission College students!
- ALL MESA members must participate in one event per semester.
- Students participating in events off campus must submit a Voluntary Field Trip Form two weeks prior to the event. The Field Trip Form/Agreement can be dropped off at our office or emailed.
- If you have questions about events please visit us in the MESA Study Center, room SEC-152, call (408) 855-5482 or email us.
- MESA students are required to perform at least two hours of volunteer work per semester.
- Volunteer work related to your major is preferred.
- We will arrange one group volunteer day per semester but you can also volunteer on your own.
- The MESA Volunteer Form can be dropped off in our office or emailed to us.
- All MESA Students must schedule and attend at least one counseling session with our MESA Counselor per semester.
- Individual counseling
- Industry tours
- Priority registration
- Peer and industry network of leaders and community resources
Open to all students, Puente creates a year-long learning community and mentorship program, whose goal is to have students transfer to a four-year university.
- Must be eligible to enroll in English 1AX & Counseling 005 in the fall semester. Must enroll in the English 1B & Counseling 007 for the following Spring semester.
- Must be planning to transfer to a 4 year university.
- Must commit to participating in all program activities for the 1 year learning community.
- Learn more about Latino/a culture and issues
- Receive a personal 1-on-1 mentor
- Priority registration
- Help with transferring to a four-year college
Mission College hosts a variety of clubs on campus based on student interests. Students are also encouraged to start a club. All clubs have an advisor.
Interested in starting a new club or reactivating an old one? Here’s how:
- Visit the Office of Student Activities located in the Campus Center, second floor, room 231 to pick up a copy of the Inter-Club Council Bylaws or view online here.
- Read the ICC Bylaws to learn the requirements and steps to starting your own club or to reactivate an old club.
- Visit the Office of Student Activities located in the Campus Center, second floor, room 231 if you have questions or concerns.
TRiO is for students who plan on earning a degree and/or certificate, transfer to a four-year university and are a first generation, low income or have a learning/physical disability.
To qualify for participation in the TRiO program, applicants must first meet these minimum qualifications:
- Be enrolled at Mission College
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
- Meet at least one of the following requirements:
- First-generation to college (neither parent nor legal guardian has earned a bachelor's degree)
- Learning or physical disability
- Individualized academic counseling, planning, and course scheduling
- Exclusive use of the TRIO office, computer lab, and study space
- College success workshops
- Four-year college and university tours
- Silicon Valley company tours and professional events
- Connection to a nation-wide network of TRIO student
Is for our military Veterans and their qualifying dependents who are students at Mission College.
- Be a military veteran at Mission College
- Be Active Duty or Active reserves
- Dependent using VA or CALVET education benefits
- Priority Registration
- Use of computers in VALOR Center
- VA Educational benefits through the GI Bill
- Quiet study room
- Education counseling from Veterans Services counselors
- Free printing
- Free daily coffee and the occasional snacks
- A place to directly voice your concerns
- A lounge area to relax and connect with fellow VALOR students
Enrolling as a Veteran Student
If you are a Veteran, please submit a copy of your DD214 (Member-4 copy) to the Valor Center and to VA Certifying Official. VA SCO is located at SEC 118 Admission and Records Department.
- Apply to Mission College and complete the online application. After 24 hours, you should receive an email containing instructions and a student ID number. (if more than 24 hours please call the VRC so we can look into the situation. Student ID number should be look like: G01234567)
- Apply for GI Bill Benefits.
- (optional but highly recommended)Apply for Financial Aid by completing the “free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA), to see if you qualify. Do this on the FAFSA website: fafsa.ed.gov. See our Financial Aid Office for more information.
- Schedule an appointment with a Veteran Academic Counselor for an Education Plan. Below are instructions on how you should schedule an appointment with a VA Counselor: Contact the VALOR Center at 408-855-5418 or email at McvalorCenter@wvm.edu.
- Request ALL transcripts. If you previously attended other colleges or have any military
transcripts, please send official transcripts to Mission College Admissions and Records
department for evaluation.
Mail them to: Attention: Mission College Admissions & Records Office
3000 Mission College Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95054
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