Students enrolling at Columbia College Hollywood for the first time are required to attend New Student Orientation. Orientation is designed to familiarize a student with important information they need to start at CCH, ease the academic and social transition into college, introduce the student services team as well as offer instruction in the information literacy that will be needed by students on a college level. At Orientation, new students tour the College facilities and meet the administrative staff, as well as fellow classmates and student mentors. Orientations are generally scheduled a week prior to the first day of classes.
During orientation, students will have an opportunity to review their first-quarter class schedules, which are assigned by the Registrar.
A student’s first quarter at CCH normally includes F101 Principles of Production, most likely F122A Editing Theory & Practice Lab, as well as one or two of the following:
- F105 Visual Design
- GH125 Introduction to Acting
- GH155 Script Analysis 1
- F150 Screenwriting 1
- GH130 Art History
- GH101 Writer’s Workshop 1 (must be taken within first three quarters of matriculation)
- GN105 Math Essentials+
New students may not register for classes after the beginning of the quarter.
A one-time Registration fee of $95.00 is due at the time of Orientation.
All new students must complete the Information Literacy Seminar.
Prior to Orientation new financial aid students must complete a Financial Literacy exam online.
Proficiency (Placement) Exams
New Students are given the math proficiency exam. The score on the math exam will determine if Math Essentials+ must be taken during the first year at CCH, or if a math requirement will be waive. Math courses count towards the two Natural Science courses required for a BFA degree. You will not be required to take the Math proficiency exam if you have completed any the following:
- Earned greater than a 600 score on the mathematics portion of an SAT subject test level 1 or level 2.
- Earned a “3” or more on an Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus or Statistics test.
- Earned a “C” or higher grade in a qualifying general education transfer math course from a Community College or four-year College.
English Proficiency is determined by a diagnostic exam and by an essay, both administered at Orientation. A student matriculating with only a high school diploma must complete both the exam and the essay. If a student’s performance on the exam and/or essay is judged to meet acceptable standards, the student must still take GH101 Writers Workshop, but may do so within the first three quarters of matriculation. If a student’s performance on the exam and/or essay is judged to show deficiencies in English usage, grammar, syntax, and/or structure the students will either be assigned to take GH101 Writers Workshop 1 in the first quarter of matriculation or, if the deficiencies are particularly evident, GH011 College Writing in the first quarter of matriculation.
A student who has earned a “3” or more on an Advanced Placement (AP) English test and does sufficiently well on the CCH diagnostic exam and essay will have GH101 Writers Workshop 1 waived. A student who has successfully completed a transferrable college-level course in English Composition is required to take only the essay portion of the English diagnostic placement exam administered to all newly matriculated students at the College. If this essay is judged to meet acceptable standards, the students will not have to take CH101 Writers Workshop 1. If the student’s essay is judged to show deficiencies in English usage, grammar, syntax and/or structure the student will have to take GH011 College Writing or GH101 Writers Workshop in his/her first quarter at CCH, as designated by the Dean of the College.
Per policy, in order to receive credit for taking GH011, a student must receive a grade of “C” or better. If a student receives less than a “C,” he/she must take the course again the next quarter it is offered. A student unable to earn a “C” or better grade in GH011 after two attempts will be dismissed from the College for academic underachievement.
Students taking GH011 College Writing who earn a “B” or higher grade in the course will not have to additionally take GH101 Writers Workshop 1. However, if a student receives less than a “B” in GH011 College Writing while passing the course with a “C,” “C+” or “B-,” the student will be required to take GH101 Writers Workshop 1 within the first three quarters of matriculation at CCH.
Course Transfer Requirement
CCH will only consider transferring a college course if a grade of “C” or higher has been earned. All official scores and transcripts must be received prior to Orientation.
Enrollment Deposit (New Students)
All students accepted for admission are required to secure their enrollment by paying a $100.00 nonrefundable enrollment deposit that will be applied towards their tuition cost upon registration. The deposit is due within 15 days of the date posted on your Enrollment Deposit letter. If payment is not received by this date, you run the risk of losing your seat in your preferred starting class. In exceptional cases, we may be able to extend the deadline to pay your deposit. Enrollment deposits must be submitted along with an Enrollment Deposit Form.
We know that beginning college is a major life change and we are here to help you as much as we possibly can. Feel free to call us, or just drop by to ask questions, get clarifications, meet staff or for no other reason, just to say hello. We wish all of you a safe journey to Los Angeles, and for those of you that are already here, we look forward to seeing you at orientation.