The Freshman Advantage Program is designed for new incoming freshmen of any age that will be attending Saddleback College in the Fall 2020 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 17, 2020 are eligible for these Freshman Advantage benefits.
Mandatory Freshman Advantage Steps
Once you have completed a Fall 2020 Saddleback College application,
please complete steps 1-3 no later than
April 17, 2020 to qualify for all the Freshman Advantage benefits.
Complete the New Student Orientation (online)
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.
Complete the Initial Math and English Placement Process (online)
Math and English placement can be obtained using either of the following methods:
Option 1: Guided Self Placement Tool
If you are requesting Baseline Placement and/or have provided your high school transcript data on your Saddleback College application, you are welcome to use the NEW Guided Self Placement (GSP) tool in MySite. Clicking on the link below will direct you to your MySite Student Portal where you can complete your math and English placement in about 20 minutes! GSP Link: Guided Self Placement tool
Option 2: Submit High School Transcripts
Submit an evaluation request (click to access form) and a district copy (student or parent portal version cannot be used) 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.
Please note: foreign, student/parent portal, and home school transcripts are not accepted.
Online form: Initial Math and English Placement Request
District 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.
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)
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.
Students also have the option to attend an in-person Freshman Advantage 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 via MySite or by calling the Matriculation Office. To view the available dates, visit the following web page: Group Advisement
Check your Matriculation Status!
As the April 17, 2020 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.)
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 2020!
Check your registration date and time in your MySite towards the end of April 2020 and Register for your classes starting in May 2020. 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 April 17, 2020)
Apply for Financial Aid
Visit the Saddleback College Financial Aid website to complete your FAFSA at www.saddleback.edu/fao