De Anza College Fall 2021

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Sept. 16, 2021

Fall Quarter Begins Monday, Sept. 20

Welcome – or welcome back – to De Anza!

As you know, most fall classes will be online, while some will be held on campus. Please remember: If you are planning to be on campus this fall – for a class, a meeting or for any other reason – you must submit proof of your final vaccination against COVID-19 by Oct. 1, wear face masks indoors and use the Optimum check-in system.

Student services are also available online – and in some cases, in person. Check our Fall Services Directory for contact information and hours.

Below in this email, you'll find some helpful tips for a great school year!

  • For the latest updates and information about fall classes, online learning tips, student services and more, check our Guide to Fall Quarter.
  • Be sure to look at 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 still order books, materials and computers from the Bookstore's online store. You'll find answers to many of your questions about online Bookstore orders in these helpful guides and FAQs.
  • You can still order books, materials and computers from the Bookstore's online store. You'll find answers to many of your questions about online Bookstore orders in these helpful guides and FAQs.

Virtual Welcome Day is Tomorrow

Check out the activities planned for Virtual Welcome Day tomorrow – Friday, Sept. 17 – from 10 a.m. to noon.

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, Oct. 2.

  • To Add Classes Before Monday:
  • To Add After the Quarter Begins:
    • Email the instructor to get an Add Code
    • Follow the Steps to Add a Class
    • Remember: You won't be able to use the Add Code until the day the class is officially scheduled to begin

It is your responsibility to drop a class if you decide not to take it.

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.

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.

Online Assistance

Chat CatWe’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.
  • Visit the Student Resource Hub for Online Learning for tips on using Canvas, Zoom and other tools.
  • Check the Video Help Series at for quick video tutorials on applying for financial aid, completing assessment or other tasks.
  • New students can click the MyPath tile in the Student Apps section of MyPortal for instructions and tips on a variety of topics.

Want to Save Money on Books and Materials?

Look for the green Zero-Cost and Low-Cost symbols when you search the course listings. For information, visit

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Need Assistance with Food, Basic Needs or Financial Emergencies?

You're not alone. Visit to learn about resources available to you.

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Order Books and Materials Online

  • You can order books, materials and computers from the Bookstore's online store.
  • Select "Financial Aid" in the dropdown menu for payment if you have an award – such as the De Anza College Promise – that provides funds for these purchases.

How to Get – and Keep – Priority Enrollment

Priority enrollment helps you get your best registration date each quarter. See the complete list of steps to get priority enrollment.

Student Email Accounts and Mobile App

As a De Anza student, you can now request a college email account by using the "Student Email" app in MyPortal. This account will give you an email address ending in ""

Check out the De Anza mobile app. You can use it to register and pay fees on your mobile device.

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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.

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