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Adult Learners

Has it been a while since you've been a student? Or, did you try college before and decided it just wasn't your thing? That's OK, because now you know it's time to tackle that college degree. Take the chance – we've got your back.

College can be tough, but it can also be one of the most rewarding decisions you ever make. You will never regret getting a college degree. It will give you greater employment opportunities, earning potential and personal satisfaction. You should be proud that you are taking the first steps!

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    Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes at night, on weekends and online to make taking classes and getting that degree easier. Plus, Delta has three centers so you can take classes even closer to home.  

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Getting Started

1. Ready 

These items can be completed at your own pace. 

Complete your application  

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


Apply for financial aid 

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  

Please request any official high school transcripts*, any official college transcripts* or any SAT scores* to be submitted to the Admissions Office.

  • SAT School Code: 1816

*If you are a returning student and have previously sent transcripts or test scores that have not changed since your original submission, you do not have to resend this information. If you have questions, please call the Admissions Office at 989-686-9093 or email

Set up your Portal account 

You will use the Portal to access your Delta email, register for classes, view your financial information, view your grades, and much more. Let's get started!

Information you need to set up your Portal account

  • Delta College Student ID number (included with your acceptance email and letter)
  • The last 4 digits of your Social Security Number

How to set up your Portal account

  • Visit the Portal to activate your account
  • At the log-in screen, click on Reset Password (in the lower right corner)
  • Follow the prompts


Get ready for course placement

Preparing for your course placement testing ahead of time, will help you when you meet with your Student Success Advisor. 


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 SAT. The Accuplacer exam identifies current skill levels in Math, Writing, 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. 

Learn more about course placement

Attend orientation and register for classes  

All new students 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 for your classes

Your student bill 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 Student Billing Office in Room B118 or by phone at 989-686-9394. 
  • Sign up for our convenient Tuition Payment Plan through your Portal account.

Please remember, your registered class(es) 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

Winter 2021
  • Registration begins - March 17, 2020
  • First payment due date - December 1, 2020
  • Classes begin - January 9, 2021
Spring/Summer 2021
  • Registration begins - March 17, 2020
  • First payment due date - April 13, 2021
  • Classes begin - May 15, 2021
SUCCESS TIP:  Just do it

You don't reach your dreams by talking about it. You reach your dreams by doing it. There are always reasons why "later" sounds better than today. But really, you can't reach your dreams if you don't start. Why not now? Think Big!  

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You aren't alone. More than 30% of Delta's students are 25 or older. 

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A person with an associate's degree in the Great Lakes Bay Region makes 35% more than someone with a high school diploma. 


Delta's tuition costs 1/2 that of a public university. 

Adelina Gutierrez

"It was a lot to manage, but I wanted to go to college. I wanted to accomplish more. I wanted more out of my life and I knew I could do more."

Adelina Gutierrez
Delta College Graduate, Associate of Arts with High Honors
Transferred to University of Michigan – Flint
Future Public Health Administrator