Winter 2022 De Anza College

Welcome to Winter Quarter!

Winter classes are being held online and on campus. If you are planning to be on campus – for a class, a meeting or any reason – you must upload proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and wear a face mask indoors.

Student services are also available online and on campus, with appointments required for most in-person services. Check the How to Reach Student Services webpage for hours and contact information.


Important Reminders

  • If you are planning to add a class, you must email the instructor to request an Add Code. (Walk-in adds are not allowed.) See below for the steps to add a class.
  • You must show vaccination proof before entering the Library or the RSS (Registration & Student Services) Building. See the Rules for Coming to Campus for details.

Tips for a Great Quarter

  • Be sure to check the class listings and click the title of each course to read the footnotes for each class you are taking – or any class you are considering – to learn whether it has meetings scheduled for certain times.
  • Check the Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines to drop classes, receive a W or request Pass/No Pass.
  • You can purchase all your books and materials for winter quarter through the Bookstore's new online store at deanzastore.com. See below for more information.

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Need Room to Zoom? 

mountain lion with headphonesIf you're thinking about adding a class, we've made it easier to take classes both online and on campus – with new designated spaces for logging in to Zoom on campus. You'll find power and Wi-Fi in these locations:

  • Campus Center
  • Advanced Technology Center
  • Media and Learning Center

Additional spaces will be added soon. You'll find the locations on the Zoom Spaces Map.



Adding Classes

You can find open classes in MyPortal by using the Open Classes Finder in the Student Registration app. The deadline to add a class is Saturday, Jan. 15.

To Add Classes Before Jan. 3

To Add Classes After the Quarter Begins

  • Email the instructor to get an Add Code if space is available. (Walk-in adds are not allowed.) You'll find email addresses in the campus directory.
  • Wait for the first day of the class to use the Add Code in MyPortal. (You won't be able to add the class until the first day it is scheduled to meet.)
  • Log in to myportal.fhda.edu – on the first day that the class is scheduled to meet
    1. Open the Apps page and click on "Student Registration," then look under "Registration Tools" and select "Add or Drop Classes"
    2. Select the current term and campus, then click "Submit"
    3. Enter the 5-digit CRN for the class. (Don't use the Add Code yet.)
    4. Click on "Submit Changes" and a screen to enter the Add Code will pop up
    5. Follow the prompts from there
  • Remember: You won’t be able to add on-campus classes until you submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination. You can add online classes without proof of vaccination.

Remember

  • Check the footnotes in the course listings to see whether your class has any scheduled meetings
  • Payment in full is due immediately at the time you add a class

For detailed instructions, visit the Add and Drop webpage. 

Remember: If you decide to drop a class, you must complete the steps to drop on MyPortal, to avoid owing fees or receiving an undesirable grade.

Payment Reminder

Payment is due in full at the time of registration and when adding subsequent classes. If you have a balance due you can pay online with a credit card or sign up for an interest-free installment plan.

Registration holds will be placed on delinquent accounts.



Order Books and Materials Online

You can order books, materials and computers from the Bookstore's new online store at deanzastore.com.

  • Search the Bookstore site for course materials by class, or enter your CWID to see a list of your courses and required materials.
  • You'll also find a Follett Bookstore tile in the Apps section of MyPortal that will take you to a personalized page, where you can review and purchase all course materials for your classes.
  • During the checkout process, you can select “Financial Aid/Scholarship” as your payment method if you have an award that provides funds for these purchases. Follow the instructions to enter your CWID and select the available aid that you want to use.
  • Use other awards FIRST, if available, BEFORE using these three in the order listed here: "California Promise," then "New Promise" – and always use Pell Grant funds LAST.

For more information, visit the Bookstore FAQs webpage.



Online Assistance

We’ve made it easy to find answers and assistance!

  • Click the "Ask Us" button on the college website to reach Chat Cat – for quick answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Check the Video Help Series at deanza.edu/vhs-guide for quick video tutorials on applying for financial aid, completing assessment or other tasks.
  • Visit the Student Resource Hub for Online Learning for tips on using Canvas, Zoom and other tools.
  • New students can click the MyPath tile in the Student Apps section of MyPortal for instructions and tips on a variety of topics.


New Names for Ethnic Studies Courses

Many courses that were previously labeled as “Intercultural Studies” are now offered through new departments. In addition to classes with the prefix ICS (Intercultural Studies), be sure to look for classes with these prefixes

  • AFAM: African American Studies
  • ASAM: Asian American and Asian Studies
  • CETH: Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • CHLX: Chicanx and Latinx Studies
  • NAIS: Native American and Indigenous Studies

All courses offered through these departments will satisfy De Anza's ICS course requirement for an associate degree.



More Resources

Resources for you: Girls making heart symbol with fingersYou'll find more information and useful links on the Student Information and Student Services webpages. Learn how to contact campus offices and programs by visiting the How to Reach Student Services page.

Basic Needs

Save Money on Books

  • Save on books and materials by looking for the green "Zero-Cost" and "Low-Cost" symbols when you search the course listings. Learn more at deanza.edu/save-on-books

Student Email Accounts and Mobile App

  • Want to get a student email account or the De Anza mobile app? Visit our Tech Tools webpage.

How to Get – and Keep – Priority Enrollment

Keeping Track of Your Progress

  • Degree Works is designed to help you understand and meet the requirements for your major, degree or certificate, and create an educational plan. The program also helps track your courses, progress, grades, credits and GPA, and identify what you still need to take. Check out Degree Works in MyPortal

Text Messages

  • De Anza College occasionally sends text messages to remind students about important deadlines or events. We won't try to sell you products or give your number to anyone other than a college representative for official purposes. You can opt out of receiving texts any time.


Financial Aid: Help Paying for College

  • The Financial Aid Office can help you secure loans, grants, fee waivers or scholarships for school. Find out if you're eligible and check out the online applications.

Get Your Degree - or Transfer - FREE!

Remember to apply for the De Anza College Promise: Eligible students get free tuition and fees for two years, plus $1,000 that you can use for books, materials or even a computer!

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