Saddleback College assigns registration appointments based on compliancy with California Education Code Title 5 Code of Regulations for Community Colleges and SB 1456 Student Success Act. Registration appointment priority grouping allows different student populations to receive a registration date and time based upon their academic status, orientation and assessment status, and student group status.

Registration dates/times are assigned to students in the following order:

Saddleback College has four levels of priority registration. In order to register in the first level priority registration group, students must meet ALL state mandated requirements for priority registration prior to registration appointments being assigned.

Level 1: College students (excluding K-12 students) who:

Have not been on academic or progress probation for their last two consecutive primary terms

Completed less than 100 units overall within South Orange County Community College District (basic skills units are not counted in this total)

Have a qualifying educational goal listed below and have earned less than 30 units from other higher education institutions:

Obtain a 2-year Associate Degree and transfer to a 4-year institution

Obtain a 2-year Associate Degree without transfer to a 4-year institution

Transfer to a 4-year institution without an Associate Degree

Earn a Career Technical Certificate without transfer

Undecided on Goal

To move from non-credit to credit coursework

Complete all matriculation steps in order


Assessment in both Math and English

Advisement including a first semester academic plan

Qualifying Level 1 students will be assigned a registration time in the following order:

Pre-Assigned Special Priority Groups in the following order:

Foster Youth students under 25 years old, Active Duty Military and Veterans, DSPS (including K-12 and Emeritus DSPS students), Homeless Youth, Student ParentEOPS, CalWorks and Rising Scholars


Ambassadors, Honors Students, ;Associated Student Government

Freshman Advantage Students (only those who complete matriculation by a set deadline) - Spring and Fall terms only. Summer does not apply.

Dependents of Spouses of Military/Veterans receiving GI Bill Benefits, Staff/Family of Staff

Continuing Students

New and Returning Students

An adult student enrolled in the Emeritus Institute which offers classes specifically designed for older adults.

  1. Completed 100 or more degree applicable units
  2. Been placed on academic probation
  3. Been placed on progress probation
  4. Declared educational goal of:
    • Prepare for a new job/career (acquire new job skills)
    • Advance in current job/career (update job skills)
    • Discover/Formulate career interests, plans, goals
    • Maintaining license or certificate
    • Improve Basic Skills
    • Completing credits for HS Diploma or GED
    • Educational development
    • 4 year student taking courses to meet 4 year requirements
  5. Not completed all the matriculation steps/requirements by the specified deadline or have been exempted from completed matriculation. Examples of exemptions include students who have already earned an associate degree or higher, or are currently attending a 4-year university.

A currently enrolled high school student who is taking college-level courses on the Saddleback College campus.

Priority Registration Dates Per Term

Fall 2023  
Priority Group Dates
Priority May 8-9, 2023 (2 days)
Freshman Advantage May 10-11, 2023 (2 days)
Continuing May 12-24 (9 days)

May 30-June 6, 2023 (5 days)

Emeritus/Level 3 June 12-15, 2023 (4 days)
High School June 20-21, 2023 (2 days)
Open Enrollment June 22, 2023
Spring 2024  
Priority Group Dates
Priority October 16-17, 2023 (2 days)
Freshman Advantage October 18-19, 2023 (2 days)
Continuing October 20 - November 1, 2023 (9 days)

November 2-9, 2023 (6 days)

Emeritus/Level 3 November 13-17, 2023 (5 days)
High School November 20-21, 2023 (2 days)
Open Enrollment November 22, 2023
Summer 2024  
Priority Group Dates
Priority April 1-2, 2024 (2 days)
Freshman Advantage n/a
Continuing April 3-12, 2024 (8 days)

April 15-22, 2024 (6 days)

Emeritus/Level 3 April 23-26, 2024 (4 days)
High School April 29-30, 2024 ( 2 days)
Open Enrollment May 1, 2024
Fall 2024  
Priority Group Dates
Priority May 6-7, 2024 (2 days)
Freshman Advantage May 8-9, 2024 (2 days)
Continuing May 10-22 (9 days)

May 28-June 4, 2024 (5 days)

Emeritus/Level 3 June 10-13, 2024 (4 days)
High School June 17-18, 2024 (2 days)
Open Enrollment June 19, 2024
Spring 2025  
Priority Group Dates
Priority October 14-15, 2024 (2 days)
Freshman Advantage October 16-17, 2024 (2 days)
Continuing October 18-30, 2024 (9 days)

October 31-November 7, 2024 (6 days)

Emeritus/Level 3 November 8-15, 2024 (5 days)
High School November 18-19, 2024 ( 2 days)
Open Enrollment November 20, 2024


  • Students who have completed prior Associate (or higher) degrees are not eligible for priority registration appointments.
  • Foster Youth are exempt from Level 1 academic/progress probation and unit limit requirements.
  • Concurrently Enrolled Foster Youth high school students will receive a Level 1 appointment date and time.

Appeal Process

Once registration times are assigned, students may appeal the loss of priority ONLY in the following circumstances:

  • Students with disabilities who applied for reasonable accommodations, but did not receive those accommodations in a timely manner.
  • Students who have made significant academic improvement where they meet the minimum grade point average (2.00 or higher) and/or progress standard (completed more than 50% of all units enrolled) to be removed from academic or progress probation.
  • Students who have exceeded 100 degree applicable units, but has not completed their declared program due to pursuing a high unit major.
  • Students who have experienced extenuating circumstance (documented cases of accident, illness, or other circumstanced beyond the student control)
  • Students who have a specific situation that warrant consideration (i.e. last term at Irvine Valley or Saddleback College and needs only one or two specific courses to graduate or transfer.

Students need to complete the Appeal for Loss of Priority Registration and/or Loss of BOG Fee Waiver and submit the required documentation to the Office of Admissions and Records.