Application Process

Application Process

for Intermediate and Advanced Academic ESL Students

Level 50, 60, 70, and 80 students can take the following classes at their level for either credit or noncredit:
       ESL/ESLN 53, 54, 56, 58A, 58B, 58C, 60, 63, 64, 66, 73, 74, 76, 80, and 86.

For new students and students returning to the college after an absense of one year or more:
  • For CREDIT:  You must fill out the CCCApply online application.
  • For NONCREDIT:  You must fill out the Noncredit CCC Apply online application.
  • For both of these options, go to Apply for Admission on the College of Marin website and click on ""Apply for Credit Classes" or "Apply for English as a Second Language (ESL) - Noncredit Classes."
  • The College will send you a "Welcome to College of Marin" email with your user name and your COM Student ID #.
  • After you receive the Welcome Letter with your M00#, you can use the ESL Guided Self-Placement Tool to find your ESL level.

When you have your placement, complete the First Time User Process to set up access to the MyCOM Portal and register for classes.


  • New students who place in levels 50 and above should complete an online orientation available in the MyCOM Portal.
  • Make an appointment to see a counselor to receive a student education plan.

To Schedule a General Counseling Appointment

  1. Log in to MyCOM to schedule a counseling appointment
  2. OR email
  3. Once scheduled you will receive a link to a Zoom meeting via email.
  4. At the time of the appointment, join the meeting via the Zoom link or phone using one of the numbers in the Zoom email.
  5. Please cancel the appointment through the MyCOM portal if you are unable to attend.

New Credit Students

New students who wish to take classes for credit can start registering on the date listed as Priority 8, according to the Priority Registration Schedule, or even earlier if they have completed the four steps above. 

New Intermediate to Advanced Noncredit Students 

  • Students who wish to take classes for noncredit can also start registering for classes at this same time. 
  • Noncredit students will be put on a waitlist for levels 60 through level 80.
  • Level 50 classes are offered only for noncredit.
  • These students must attend the first class of the Spring semester and get an add authorization code from their teacher if there is space.

All Students

Level 50, 60, 70 and 80 ESL credit or noncredit classes are not open entry/open exit. This means that students must begin at the start of the semester and complete the entire semester. Please see the Academic Calendar for the semester start and end dates.


  • Credit students will receive an official letter grade or Pass/No Pass if they choose this.
  • Noncredit students will receive an unofficial grade of Pass or No Pass. Noncredit students can also be dropped just as credit students can be. 
  • All the students, both credit and noncredit, are expected to attend classes, do all assignments, and take tests. 

Students moving from ESLN 40 to Intermediate and Advanced level ESL classes:

  • If current noncredit Level 40 students score 80% or higher in the ESLN 40 promotion test, they are eligible to take level 50 classes, and they do not need to take the ESL placement test. 
  • If they score 90% or higher, they may take the ESL Placement Test to see if they place higher than level 50.

NOTE: During Fall 2020, promotion tests will not be given. Your teacher will recommend you to move to level 50 based on your work and participation.

Please ask at the ESL Office for an updated flier which includes a convenient schedule of classes with the CRN numbers to take the classes for credit or noncredit. Please direct any questions regarding this process to the ESL office.