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Steps for New Students

Step 1 - Apply

Complete the Student Admission Form

If you have never completed the CLC admission form, apply using the Student Admission Form.

Step 2 - myLogin

Set Up myLogin

When your application has been processed (usually within one business day), you will be given a CLC myLogin username and temporary password as part of the admission process. If you provided an email address on your application your username and password will be emailed to you in two separate emails. All new students will also receive an official admission letter with their login information via US Mail.

Once you have your username and temporary password, you can set up myLogin.

Step 3 - Prerequisites and Transcripts

Demonstrate that you meet proficiencies and prerequisites.

  • Basic Proficiencies
    Before you will be able to register for most college credit classes, you need to show that you are college reading and writing ready and basic algebra ready.
  • Course Prerequisites and Corequisites
    Course prerequisites and corequisites are required when specific knowledge or skills are needed to enroll in a course. Credit for prior learning may also be an option to demonstrate knowledge for course prerequisites and corequisites.
  • Limited Enrollment Programs
    Some programs (Computed Tomography, Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology, Human Services, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Medical Assisting, Medical Imaging, Nursing, Surgical Technology and Paralegal Studies) have limited enrollment and require you to complete additional steps as part of screening process.

Transferring from Another College or University?

If you are transferring from another college or university, you must submit official copies of transcripts from prior colleges and universities that you attended.

Step 4 - Advisement

Get Academic Advisement

Recent high school graduates

If you graduated from high school within the last two years and are entering CLC for the first time, you must attend a new student orientation session.

During new-student orientation, you will learn about academic success tips, services to help you succeed at CLC, financial aid and how to get involved in campus life. You will also take a tour of the Grayslake campus and complete the registration process. 

Other entering students

See an academic advisor or counselor for help in getting started at the college, interpreting your test scores and selecting the appropriate courses to meet your goals.

Step 5 - Register

Complete Registration

Students who attend new student orientation will complete the registration process as part of their session.

Other students should go to the myCLC student portal. After entering your login, select the “Student Center” option to be taken to the student registration system. For more information, see How to Register.

If you need login help, contact the Help Desk which is available 24 hours.

Step 6 - Pay

Pay Tuition and Fees

CLC enforces tuition payment deadlines, so it is important to make payment arrangements by your tuition due date. You must pay in full or set up an installment payment plan. If you are a financial aid student, you must set up a “deferred” payment plan, which only goes into effect if your aid does not cover your full tuition and fee obligation.

For more information about tuition payment, visit the Welcome and One Stop Center or contact Student Accounting. For information about financial aid, contact the Financial Aid office.