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Win the race to your future success ...
by following these steps

Find out all of the steps you need to take to get registered for online classes. If you are new to Foothill College or if you were not registered last quarter then you must apply before you may register for classes.

If you are new to online learning then take the self-assessment questionnaire to see if you are ready to be an online learner. Get acquainted with Etudes, the online course platform that most instructors use to host their classes.

Apply and Register

Before registering you must submit an application to Foothill College. Visit the Foothill website for other important dates.
  1. Apply Online
    After you apply you must wait until your application has been processed before you can register for classes.
    The wait is usually about a day during registration.
  2. Contact Counseling - Academic advising help
  3. Financial Aid - Learn more at the Foothill website
  4. Online Degrees & Certificates - Browse fully online degrees and certificates
  5. View Online Course Descriptions - Decide which courses to take
  6. Registration
    • Add Codes - How and when to request an add code
  7. International Student Registration

Fully Online vs. Hybrid?

Look at the end of the section number for your class to find out if it is fully online or hybrid. Visit Online Course Information for the schedule.

Fully Online: If you see a W, then the class is fully online and takes place almost completely via the Internet. For example:

ACTG 001A.08W (ACTG F001A08W) is a fully online class because there is a "W" at the end of the section number.

Hybrid: If you see a Y, then the class is hybrid and takes place via the Internet AND on campus. For details, contact the instructor, Campus Directory.

New Online Students - Reality Check

Complete our Reality Check to see if you are ready to be an online learner.

Step 1:

Take our Readiness self-assessment questionnaire now!

This questionnaire will give you an idea whether or not you have the personality traits, learning aptitude, technical knowledge, hardware and software, and study skills for online learning.

Step 2:

Complete the Online Student Readiness tutorials

Whether this is your first time taking online classes, or you have taken a few online courses in the past; you will find that these resources are tailored to your needs and are focused on enhancing the academic and technical skills needed for success in the online learning environment.

Additional Online Learning Resources


Do you need to sharpen some basic academic, professional, and personal skills?

Understanding College and College Life

U101: Understanding College and College Life - free online, Coursera, course by University of Washington

Describes how colleges and universities operate, describes what faculty are looking for in college-level academic work, lists effective study strategies and suggests ways to select a major, among other topics.

Public Speaking

Introduction to Public Speaking - free online, Coursera, course by University of Washington

Covers unique traits of oral versus written communication in order to help students prepare speeches that are easier to deliver orally and understand aurally. Focuses on understanding the key parts of an argument and drafting clear and concise arguments translates directly to other academic assignments. Study of the principles of argumentation and arrangement; critically examine our own speeches and the speeches of others. Academy

Access Your Online Course

Most students will NOT be able to login to online courses until the first day that the quarter starts.

Note that not all instructors use Etudes so it is really important to find out what they are using instead for delivering their online material.

  • Visit the Course Info page and find your course to see what your instructor requires.
  • Or contact the instructor directly for details. Use the Faculty Directory to find contact information.

Be sure to check for email from your instructor at the email account that you provided when you applied for admission to Foothill College.

Please notify your instructor immediately if you are having problems accessing course materials. Do not put it off or quit logging on because if you don't "show up" for any length of time you may be dropped from the course. Please refer to the instructor's syllabus for "attendance and withdrawal" policy.

Online Classroom (Etudes and Canvas)

Foothill College is adopting the Canvas course management system. During this transition, you may be enrolled in a course that is using Etudes and another one that is using Canvas. To see which course management system your course is using, go to Course Info and click on your course to see which system is being used.


*** Caution
  • The Etudes website may not be available in some countries that restrict Internet access. If you reside in these countries you should confirm that you have access to the Etudes website ( BEFORE enrolling in online classes.
  • Some public wifi connections to the Internet may not be secure. You should take care when using public wifi connections to access your course sites in Etudes.


Online Tutoring

We offer a variety of ways to get free tutoring.
  • Foothill Language Arts Teaching and Learning Center
  • STEM Center
  • NetTutor
  • SmartThinking
  • OpenStudy (online learning community)

Visit our tutoring page to learn more about each of these services.

Last Updated June 22, 2016
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