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New Student Steps to Success

Welcome to Taft College! Now that you’ve decided to Taft College, you have a few more steps to complete to make your status as a TC student official…

Apply to TC

If you’re visiting this page, you may have already applied to TC!  If not, Apply Now!

Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid is recommended – you may be surprised at what you qualify for!

Log in to Cougar Tracks

Cougar Tracks is your online student portal, where you will register and pay for classes, add and drop classes, and conduct other business as a student at TC. 

Online Orientation

Access and complete online orientation via the TC website.  Completion of this step will allow you to move on to the next steps. 


Student are no longer required to take the placement exam for their math and English courses. The appropriate course will be determined by your high school performance and major/program of choice. Your counselor will help you decide on the best classes during your appointment. Contact the TC Testing Center for more information.  

Counseling Appointment

Contact the Counseling Center at (661) 763-7748 about creating an educational plan with a counselor. 

Register & Pay for Classes

Register for your classes and pay online via Cougar Tracks.  Be sure to adhere to payment deadlines each semester! You can also pay at the Cashier’s Desk (661) 763-7713 in the Student Services building.  

Final Steps

Get your ID card


Buy your books

Get to class

Student Resources

Below you will find links to our resources to help you on your path.