Freshman Advantage Program


The Freshman Advantage Program is designed for new incoming freshman of any age that will be attending Saddleback College in the Fall 2016 Semester. This program offers new freshman the opportunity to apply early, complete the Matriculation Process early, receive an Early Freshman Advantage Registration time, and enroll in classes before the majority of continuing students. Students that complete the mandatory steps 1 - 5 no later than April 15, 2016 are eligible for these benefits. Please print out the packet below so you have all the details!

NEW 2016 Freshman Advantage packet

Mandatory Freshman Advantage Steps

(Steps 1-5 must be completed no later than April 15, 2016)

STEP #1 Freshman Advantage Application


Fall 2016 Application (Click Here)

Application Help Guide

The Freshman Advantage application is available Dec. 1, 2015 to Feb. 28, 2016 for all new incoming freshman that would like to attend Saddleback College in the Fall 2016 semester. Freshman Advantage students completing their applications after March 1st, will complete the regular Fall 2016 application and will still qualify for all the benefits as long as they complete the Matriculation Process no later than April 15th, 2016.

STEP #2 Complete the New Student Online Orientation


Click on the following link if you would like more information about the Saddleback College New Student Orientation or click on the image below to be directed to the Orientation.


STEP #3 Select a Testing Date or Attend a Walk-In Testing Session


Click on the image below to be directed to your MySite student portal where you can make an appointment for the assessment exams. If you need help making your appointment please click here to print out the appointment help guide.


Freshman Advantage test dates - These dates are only for Freshman Advantage students.

Walk-In assessment sessions are available most Mondays - Thursdays for all students between the hours of 9am - 1:30pm.

STEP #4 Attend Your Testing Appointment


village-map.pngAttend Your Assessment Appointment! Arrive early and you must bring a photo ID, and know your Saddleback College student ID number. If you miss your assigned testing date, please repeat Step 3 listed above. Freshman Advantage tests are scheduled after normal business hours so please enter the building at Village 8-3.

STEP #5 Student Advisement and First Semester Plan


Click on the following link if you would like more information about the Student Advisement and First Semester Ed Plan or click on one of the image below to be directed to that section in your MySite.

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Check your Matriculation Status!

As the April 15th deadline approaches, make sure you check your Matriculation Status in your MySite. Log-in to your MySite and go to My Information > Matriculation > Matriculation Status. Make sure you have a completed status listing at the top of the page. See Image Below.


Please Note: Your Comprehensive Ed Plan is not part of the Matriculation Process but must be completed with a counselor when you have reached your 15th degree applicable unit or 3rd semester, whichever comes first.

Register For Classes in May!

Check your registration date and time in your MySite on or after April 25, 2016 and Register for your classes starting the first week in May. Check all other dates and deadlines on the Admissions website. It is recommended that you complete the optional steps listed below prior to the arrival of your registration appointment.


Optional but Highly Recommended Steps

(Can be completed anytime before or after April 15, 2016)

Apply for Financial Aid

Visit the Saddleback College Financial Aid website to complete your FAFSA at

Appeal your Placement

Are you happy with your placement levels in Math and/or English?
If not, NOW is the time to take advantage of the Appeal process. You can re-take the math and English assessment exams after a 3 month period or if you are with-in the 3 month period appleal for a higher placement by taking the Writing Sample Appeal exam for English or appeal for higher math placement with the Math Department. Please contact the Matriculation Office for more details.

Attend Freshman Advantage Fridays Feb-June

Come and participate in a face to face half-day orientation! You will tour the campus, learn of support programs and services that will help you as a new college student be successful and work with a counselor to complete an educational plan. Parents are encouraged to attend and can participate in a Financial Aid Information workshop.

Freshman Advantage Fridays

Attend a Refresh Workshop

Students who have taken the Matriculation assessment exams and placed into basic skills courses including: math 351, 353 and English 340, 300, and 200 are eligible to apply. See more information and apply at the Refresh Program webpage