New Students

Leer en Español

You’re a New Student if you’ve never taken classes at Saddleback College or Irvine Valley college as a college student. New students, regardless of their educational background and goal, must apply for admission.


Out of state students click here for important information.

IMPORTANT: The Saddleback College Application will be down for maintenance on November 19, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. During this time, Applications cannot be submitted.

  1. Submit an Application
    • Step 1: Create your OpenCCCApply Account
    • Step 2: Complete your Admissions Application
    • Step 3: Read your application email response from Saddleback College and follow the directions in the email.  It may take up to 24 hours for the application to be processed and an email sent.

  2. Apply for Financial Aid (optional)

  3. Complete Matriculation (if required) *
  4. Set up Email Forwarding
    • A Saddleback College email account is automatically created with 24 hours using the Microsoft system. You may choose to forward your message to your personal email account by following the directions in the link above.

  5. Register for Classes

  6. Pay all Registration Fees

Only one admission application is needed to take classes at both Saddleback and Irvine Valley Colleges. By completing your application here, Saddleback College will be your College of Record. You must complete matriculation at the college where you applied (college of record).

Important Deadlines

For important application dates and deadlines, read Application Dates for New Students

Online Classes

Taking an Online class? Before starting your application, please read application tips and requirements for online learning.