Become a DSS Student

The first step for all prospective Fullerton College students is to apply to the college online.  Apply on or after October 15th for Summer and Fall enrollment and on or after September 15th for Spring enrollment. Make sure that you apply for the semester for which you want to enroll. Please refer to the Counseling Department website for important information regarding priority registration.

Applying for DSS Services

New Students

If you are a prospective Fullerton College student with a medical disability (eg. mobility, ADD/ADHD, psychological, hearing impairment, visual impairment) and wish to receive services through DSS, please have your diagnosing professional fill out our Disability Verification Form and then call DSS at 714-992-7099 or stop by the DSS office in Room 842.

Incoming High School Students

If you are a graduating high school student with an IEP, RSP, Resource, SDC, or other Special Education background wishing to attend Fullerton College and receive services through DSS, complete the following steps:

  1. Apply online for the Summer/Fall semester by clicking on “Apply Now” on the Fullerton College website. A student ID number will be emailed to you within one week of completing the application.
  2. Bring your most recent high school special education documents and/or medical records related to your disability(s) to the DSS office (Room 842), ideally no later than April 15. Verification documents may include the most recent IEP, testing/psychological/triennial report, speech and language report, audiogram, doctor’s verification, etc.
  3. Complete the mandatory Fullerton College Orientation via MyGateway.
    1. Log into MyGateway using your student ID number and password.
    2. Click “Student Links” in the middle of the page.
    3. Scroll down and click “Online Orientation”.
  4. Schedule your placement test appointment. The placement tests are required for all new students! Follow the directions on the Assessment Center appointment website regarding requests for accommodation.
  5. Your documents will be reviewed and you will be contacted to schedule your appointment with a DSS Counselor. If you have a Student Educational Program Plan (SEPP) that was completely by an FC Counselor, please bring it to this appointment.

Printable version of the five steps listed above. (PDF)

Please Note: Some potential students have found the Readiness Criteria to be helpful regarding baseline skills that are needed to attend college. You can also review the Transitions form that considers the differences between high school and college.

Transfer Students

If you are a student transferring to Fullerton College from another college or university, please provide your Learning Disability test results from your previous college or disability verification.

Once your paperwork is submitted and reviewed, you will be contacted for your first appointment.

New Student Deadlines to Submit Documentation

Please note that you can submit documentation and apply for services at any time. The dates below are deadlines set to ensure that services/accommodations are in place for that particular semester.

Summer Enrollment

Documents must be submitted and reviewed by April 1 in order to ensure that services are in place for Summer semester.

Fall Enrollment

Documents must be submitted and reviewed by April 15 in order to ensure that services are in place for Fall semester.

Spring Enrollment

Documents must be submitted and reviewed by October 31 in order to ensure that services are in place for Spring semester.