New Students


You are a new student if you have never attended college before or are transferring to LTCC from another college/university. Admission is open to anyone who is at least 18 years of age, is a high school graduate, or has the equivalent of a high school diploma. Admission is also open to most high school students

New students are required to complete the Guided Pathways to Success steps to get started.


Guided Pathways to Success (GPS)

Guidance and Planning for Success (GPS) is required of all students seeking a degree, certificate, and transfer. GPS requirements include orientation, assessment, and meeting with a Counselor to create an educational plan. 

 U.S. Students            International Students        High School Students

New students can complete and submit their LTCC application online. Please view the tips below to ensure you're ready to fill out the application. You can find important dates and deadlines on our Academic Calendar.

Before You Start Your Application

- You will need your social security number, if you have one
- Have all high school and colleges previously attended
- Valid email address that you check regularly. All follow-up information about your application will be sent here
- If applicable, permanent resident card 
After You Submit Your Application
- Check you email regularly. You will receive an email 2-3 business days after you submit your application.
- Once you receive an Student ID number, you will need to set up your Passport account to access your student email and register for classes.
- Before you can register for classes, you must complete the entire GPS process, including orientation, assessment, and counseling.

*If you experience login or technical difficulties with your online application, please contact the toll-free OpenCCC Apply Technical Support Hotline: 1-877-247-4836 or e-mail:
On-campus orientation lead by the Student Life Office, Student Ambassadors, and Counselors. Orientation will help you get acquainted with the college, registration process, connect with the campus, and become familiar with student technology. This is required for all new students to complete their GPS.


Online orientation is available for student enrolled fully online.

Orientation is REQUIRED if you intend to work toward one or more of the following:
  • Certificate
  • Associate Degree
  • Transfer program to earn a Bachelor's degree
  • You are currently undecided on your educational goal, but are considering one of the goals above


Orientation is NOT REQUIRED if:

  • You have already completed an Associate degree or higher
  • You are taking courses for personal interests, to upgrade/enhance job skills, to maintain a certificate or license, or to complete credits for high school

If you think you are exempt from orientation, contact the One Stop

All LTCC students are required to be assessed to ensure appropriate course placement in English and Math.

The assessment and placement process will help you decide which classes are best to take as your start your college career to ensure success.

What you need:

  • Verifiable photo ID with full name and recent photo
  • LTCC Student ID number
  • At least 1 hour for the Math Assessment and 1.5 hours for the English Assessment

Register for Placement Tests

Before registering for classes, every LTCC student should have their educational plan. Whether you want to earn a degree, certificate, advance your career, or transfer, we want to make sure you take the classes you need to meet your goal.

Transfer students should sent all official transcripts from previously attended colleges.

Schedule an Appointment with a Counselor

One of the most important documents to fill out is your FAFSA, a document that college students must fill out every year they are in school to help determine their financial need and aid eligibility. The FAFSA opens on January 1st of each year, and you should fill this out as soon as you can!

There are lots of ways to pay for college! Check out our Financial Aid page for more information.

Once you have taken you assessment tests, completed orientation and have met with a counselor, you can register for classes using WebAdvisor on or after your assigned date and time.

All students must pay for their tuition and fees within two days of registration. If fees are not paid, you will be automatically dropped from your classes.


Have a question?

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Lake Tahoe Community College
One College Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 541-4660 x 211