Freshman Advantage Program

Fall 2018 Freshman Advantage Program

The Freshman Advantage Program is designed for new incoming freshmen of any age that will be attending Saddleback College in the Fall 2021 Semester. This program offers new freshmen the opportunity to apply early, complete the Matriculation Process early, receive an early Freshman Advantage registration date, and enroll in classes before the majority of new and continuing students. Only students that complete the mandatory steps no later than April 16, 2021 are eligible for these Freshman Advantage benefits.

Mandatory Freshman Advantage Steps

Once you have completed a Fall 2021 Saddleback College Freshman Advantage application,
please complete steps 1-3 no later than
April 16, 2021 to qualify for all the Freshman Advantage benefits.

Complete the New Student Orientation (online)

Matriculation Process Step 1

For more information go to the Saddleback College New Student Orientation web page or click on the image below to be directed to MySite where you can start the Online Orientation.

New Student Online Orientation


Complete the Initial Math and English Placement Process (online)

Matriculation Process Step 2

Math and English placement can be obtained using either of the following methods:

Option 1: Guided Self Placement Tool
All students completing the Matriculation Process can receive both math and English placement in about 10 minutes using the Guided Self Placement tool. This tool collects your high school transcript data from multiple sources and calculates placement without the need of submitting a transcript. Clicking on the link below will direct you to your MySite Student Portal where you can complete your math and English placement using the Guided Self Placement tool.
Direct Link: Guided Self Placement tool

Option 2: Submit High School Transcripts
Submit an Initial Math and English Placement Request and a district or school issued copy of your high school transcript showing successful completion of math and English courses through the 11th grade with a 3.0 or higher overall non-weighted GPA.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Foreign, student/parent portal, and home school transcripts cannot be used for this process. Please use Option 1, the Guided Self Placement tool, to receive your math and English placement.

Math and English Request: Initial Math and English Placement Request

District or School Issued TranscriptDistrict or school-issued transcripts look similar to the image on the right:
Course placement is determined by a cumulative non-weighted GPA identified in the box below.

High school transcript non-weighted GPA

Please Note: Submitting official high school transcripts to Saddleback College does not automatically clear this step. You must submit an evaluation request to the Matriculation Office.


Student Advisement and First Semester Ed Plan (online)

Matriculation Process Step 3

For more information, go to the Student Advisement and First Semester Ed Plan web page or click on one of the images below to be directed to Step #3 in your MySite account.

Online Advisement 

Students also have the option to attend an in-person Group Advisement session with a Saddleback College academic counselor. The counselor will help you understand your Initial Math and English Placement as well as create a First Semester Educational Plan. An appointment can be scheduled by calling the Matriculation Office. To view the available dates, visit the Group Advisement web page.


Check your Matriculation Status!

As the April 16, 2021 deadline approaches, make sure you check your Matriculation Status in your MySite. Log into your MySite and go to My Information > Matriculation > Matriculation Status. Make sure you have a completed status listed at the top of the page. (See Image Below.)

matriculation status completed image

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 2021!

Check your registration date and time in your MySite towards the end of April 2021 and Register for your classes starting 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 date and time.


Optional but Highly Recommended Steps

(Can be completed anytime before or after the Freshman Advantage deadline)

Apply for Financial Aid

Visit the Saddleback College Financial Aid website to complete your FAFSA at www.saddleback.edu/fao

Speak with a Counselor

Visit this web page or the Counseling web site for Group Advisement or Freshman Advantage workshop schedules or contact the Counseling Office at 949-582-4572 to make an appointment.