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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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Getting Started

Step #1:  Explore Your Possibilities (optional)

Explore Programs/Transfer options
Delta College has more than 140 programs and many transfer agreements to help you get on the path to success.      

Not sure which career fits you?
FOCUS 2 is an online career and education planning system for helping you choose a major, build your career goals, and learn job information. Create a free account and use the access code: delta

Have questions for an Admissions Advisor?
Schedule a virtual appointment with a Delta College Admissions Advisor to get your pre-enrollment questions answered.

Step # 2:  Apply to Delta

Create Your Admissions Account/Complete an Application. All new students will need to create an account and complete a Delta admissions application.

When creating your account be sure to do the following:

  • Use a personal email address where you will have future access.
  • Select the correct student type:
    • Select “New Student” if you have never attended college. 
    • Select “Returning Student” if you attended Delta previously.
    • Select “Transfer Student” if you attended another institution previously.


Step #3:  Activate Your Delta Account

Once you’ve been accepted, you’ll receive an email from asking you to activate your Delta College account. 

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

Step #4:  Submit Transcripts & Test Scores

Delta requires students to meet placement levels for most courses. You can meet the placement options in one of three ways. Please submit the following as appropriate:   

SAT Test Scores

SAT test scores should be submitted to the Admissions Office (if taken within the past three years and meet the minimum scores of a 480 in Evidence Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) and 500 in Math)

If your SAT scores are listed on your high school transcript you do not need to resend.


The ACCUPLACER assessment identifies current skill levels in Math, Reading and Writing. If you do not meet the SAT minimum scores 480 in Evidence Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) and 500 in Math you must take the ACCUPLACER assessment.

“Official” College/University Transcripts

If you attended another institution you will need to have your official transcripts sent to Delta’s Registrar’s Office.  If you are not transferring in a college level Math and English course you should take the ACCUPLACER assessment. 

To submit transcripts choose one of the following options:

  • Electronic:  Delta College accepts secured PDF or Electronic Exchange transcripts via the National Student Clearinghouse , Parchment or directly from your previous institution to
  • Mail:  Delta College will only accept “official transcripts” mailed directly to the college from the issuing institution. 1961 Delta Rd, University Center, MI 48710, Attn: Records & Registration

*Please note, transcript evaluation may take 2-4 weeks.  You will receive an email to your Delta email when they have been evaluated.

Step #5 Apply for Financial Aid

Not sure how you are going to pay for classes?  Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the best place to start. It is FREE to complete and is required for most types of aid including: loans, scholarships, federal Pell Grant, Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) and other state programs. Keep in mind that FAFSA can take approximately 4 to 6 weeks to process so start early.  

Completion of the FAFSA

Michigan Reconnect

A tuition-free, in-district education is now available for Michigan residents 25 and over. Apply to Michigan’s Reconnect program today to start earning your degree on your own time. 

Step #6:  New Student Orientation

All new Delta students are required to complete a New Student Orientation.  Once you have completed STEP #4 please contact the Admissions Office at 989-686-9093 or contact your Admissions Advisor to schedule.  Delta College staff will cover various topics to help you PIONEER your path to success.  You will also meet with your Student Success Advisor to help you plan and schedule your academic future.

Step #7: Register for classes

Once you have completed your New Student Orientation and met with your Student Success Advisor, you are ready to register for classes.  Go to, select the tools drop down in the top right corner, and select Student Self-Service. 

  • Before logging in, download our Step-by-step registration guide to help you along the way.
  • If you are having trouble registering please contact the Advising office at 989-686-9330.
Step #8: Pay tuition

Tuition must be paid by the payment due date or at the time of course registration. You are responsible for paying any balance which is not covered by your financial aid package. Delta offers a variety of payment options:

  • Pay online through Student Self-Service
  • Contact Cashier’s office by phone at 989-686-9394
  • Signup for a no interest tuition payment plan.

*The college reserves the right to drop you from courses if a payment is not received by the payment due date. A $40 non-refundable fee is charged when you register for classes. 

Step #9: Get your books

All books and supplies are available to purchase or rent through the Delta College Bookstore.

  • The bookstore is located in N015 on main campus.
  • Books are available approximately three weeks prior to the start of the semester.
Step #10: Preparing for Success
  • Check your Delta email account often!
  • Download the Delta College App.  Go to the App Store or Google Play and search Delta College.
  • Sign up for Emergency Text Notifications
  • Learn more about our online learning environment by watching our E-Learning Video.  


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

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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.  

    Explore Your Options

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    Get credit for what you've done

    You've got a ton of experience, but not the degree to match? We can help with that.

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Important Dates

Winter 2022
  • Registration - open now!
  • First payment due date - December 14, 2021
  • Classes begin - January 8, 2022
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