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High School Students & Recent Grads

You did it! Graduating from high school is a big deal. It's time to take that next step, and Delta is one you can be proud of. 

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There are a ton of reasons that students just like you choose Delta. Cost is the reason that usually comes to mind first, which makes sense, because getting a college education can be expensive. At Delta, the cost is less than half of what you'd pay at a university. So, you can transfer on (which we make easy to do) and save thousands (and thousands) of dollars and still get your bachelor's degree.

Another reason that's just as important, but less known, is Delta College is one of the top 60 community colleges in the nation, as determined by the Aspen Institute. Want to explore some other reasons why Delta is a great choice? Find out more about Delta.

Go ahead. Think big.

Getting Started

1. Ready 

These items can be completed at your own pace. 

Complete your application  

Submit the online application as a "New Student" admit type. If you were a Dual Enrollment student in the past, you will still need to reapply as a New Student.


Apply for financial aid 

Step 1: Create your Federal Student Aid ID at
Step 2: Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at and use Delta’s school code of 002251

Delta College offers a variety of financial aid programsscholarships and on-campus employment.

Learn more about Costs & Financial Aid

Submit official transcripts and test scores  

Request any official high school transcripts, official college transcripts, SAT scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits to be submitted to the Admissions Office. 

  • SAT School Code: 1816 

If you received a 480 or higher in SAT evidence-based reading/writing or a 500 or higher in SAT math, you may be exempt from taking the Accuplacer assessment exam.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Several area high schools have implemented the International Baccalaureate (IB) degree program. Learn more about ways you can earn experience for credit, including IB to Delta equivalencies.

Set up your student account 

You will use the Portal to register for classes, view your grades, view your bill, access your  Delta email and much more. Visit the Portal to activate your account, at which point you’ll get a sign-on screen, in the lower right corner, click on Reset Password. You’ll need your Delta College Student ID number (included with your acceptance letter) and your Social Security number in order to complete this step.


Get ready for course placement

Course placement can determine some of the classes you are able to take. Be prepared.


2. Set 

These items need to be completed on campus

Complete your course placement

Delta requires that new students complete the Accuplacer Exam or have appropriate scores on the ACT/SAT. The Accuplacer exam identifies current skill levels in Math, English, and Reading and could impact which courses you may enroll in. 

Testing is on a walk in basis. Please visit the Testing Center in A133 on main campus. You will receive your results upon completion of the exam. A valid photo ID is required to test. 

Please note: If you have the following scores, or higher, on the SAT you can be exempt from taking the Accuplacer assessment exam.

  • SAT evidence-based reading/writing: 480
  • SAT math: 500

Learn more about course placement

Attend orientation and register for classes  

All new student are required to attend an on-campus orientation. You can find all the information on orientation including dates and how to sign up online. 

Please note: Course placement (Accuplacer or test scores) and setting up your Portal account need to be completed prior to attending your orientation. 

Sign up for orientation

3. Go!

These items can be completed after step 2. 

 Pay tuition 

Tuition must be paid by the payment due date or at the time of course registration. Delta offers a variety of payment options: 

  • Pay online through your Portal account. 
  • In person at the Finance Office in Room B118 or by phone at 989-686-9394. 
  • Sign up for our convenient Tuition Payment Plan through your Portal account.

Remember, your reserved seat in a class will be dropped if you don’t make a payment by the due date. See Important Dates below.

Get your books 

All of your books and supplies are available through the Delta College Bookstore. Students are able to purchase or rent their books at the bookstore or online. The Delta Bookstore is located in room N015 on main campus. Bring your class schedule from your Portal account with you and you’ll be ready to go. 



You are now ready to start your classes and are one step closer to reaching your goals!

Important Dates
Spring/Summer 2019
  • Attend orientation
  • Registration begins - March 20, 2018
  • First payment due date - April 9, 2019
  • Classes begin - May 6, 2019
Fall 2019
  • Attend orientation
  • Registration begins - March 14, 2019
  • First payment due date - July 23, 2019
  • Classes begin - August 24, 2019
SUCCESS TIP:  Think big. 

It's easy to settle. It's challenging to set ambitious goals and go after them. Be ambitious. Think big about your future. 

Less than half

Less than half the cost of a public university, with the same quality education.

Interest free

An interest-free tuition plan that spreads out your payments.

Fifty percent

Half of Delta students receive some form of assistance.

Wesley Trowbridge

"Delta wasn't my first choice, but now I know it was the best choice."

Wesley Trowbridge
Delta College Automotive student