First Time College Student
You've never attended community college or a university

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Welcome to LBCC!

By completing all of the steps below, you will be admitted to the First Year Experience (FYE) Program and receive free tuition through the Long Beach College Promise or Viking Advantage Program.

STEP 1: Apply to LBCC

First, create an OPENCCC account and complete the online application below for the Summer/Fall or Winter/Spring semester at LBCC.


You will receive a welcome email with your LBCC student ID number approximately 48-72 hours after you apply.

How to Apply to LBCC

STEP 2: Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

We recommend that you submit a Financial Aid Application.

  • If you are a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete the FAFSA application.
  • If you are not a US Citizen or permanent resident but meet AB 540 criteria, you may be eligible for the California Dream Act.

Please make sure to list LBCC, our code is 001219.

If you need assistance, please visit LBCC Financial Aid Office and Scholarships.

STEP 3: Complete the New Student Orientation

Orientation is required for all new students. Read How to Complete New Student Orientation

(Please note a hold will be placed on your registration until this step is completed.)

STEP 4: Complete the Guided Placement Tool

Your placement will help you determine which Math, English or ESL courses you should register for. 

If your placement is “To Be Determined” you will need to complete the Guided Placement Tool (GPT). Please complete the GPT at least 24 hours before meeting with a counselor.

STEP 5: Complete the Participation Agreement

Complete the Online Participation Agreement to be eligible for free tuition through the Long Beach College Promise or Viking Advantage Program.

STEP 6: Meet with a Counselor to Create Educational Plan

Before registering for classes, schedule an appointment with the counselor below to discuss your desired educational goal and create a Student Educational Plan (SEP) to reach it. 

How to Meet with a Welcome Center Counselor
How to View Educational Plan

If you need assistance, please visit LBCC Counseling Office.

STEP 7: Register for Classes

Now that you’ve completed your educational plan, you can register for classes during your registration date & time.

How to Register for Classes
How to View Registration Appointment
How to Add a Class with an Add Code
How to Email Professor Add Code

View important Registration Dates and Drop Deadlines.

STEP 8: Pay Student Fees

After completing your online registration, students can pay for their student fees through your Viking Student Portal. Students are required to pay for their account balance prior to the due date to avoid being dropped from their classes.

How to Pay for Student Fees