Freshman Advantage Program

Fall Freshman Advantage Program

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Fall 2021 Freshman Advantage program has now ended.

The Freshman Advantage Program is designed for new incoming freshmen of any age who will be attending Saddleback College for the Fall Semester. This program offers new first-time college students 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 Saddleback students.

Freshman Advantage Program
Mandatory Steps

NEW Online Application Workshops Available!

Once you have submitted a Fall Saddleback College Freshman Advantage Application,
complete Steps 1-3 outlined below. All steps of the Matriculation Process must be completed by the
deadline to qualify for 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. To begin Step #1, click on the image below. You will be directed to MySite where you can access the Online Orientation.

New Student Online Orientation


Complete the Initial Math and English Placement Process (online)

Matriculation Process Step 2

Initial Math and English placement can be obtained using either of the following current assessment process methods:

Option 1: Guided Self Placement Tool (GSP)
All students completing the Matriculation Process can receive both math and English placement in about 10 minutes using the Guided Self Placement (GSP) tool. This tool collects your high school transcript data from multiple sources and calculates placement without the need of submitting a transcript.
To access GSP, click on the link below. You will be directed to your MySite Student Portal. Once logged in, complete the English and Math GSP surveys to receive your Initial Math and English Placement.
Direct Link: Guided Self Placement tool

Option 2: Request a High School Transcript Evaluation
As an alternative, students may elect to submit a high school transcript for evaluation. Evaluations take 3-5 business days to process so please submit your request at least two weeks prior to your enrollment period. Your high school transcript must meet the following criteria for submission: official copy or district-issued; contain minimum 3 years of data (e.g. 9th-11th grade); cumulative non-weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher. To submit your high school transcript for evaluation, use the link below.
Form Link: Initial Math and English Placement Request

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Student/parent portal, home-school, and foreign high school transcripts cannot be used for the initial math and English placement process as they lack required data needed for the evaluation. Please use Option 1 Guided Self Placement if you cannot provide a District issued transcript.

District or School Issued TranscriptDistrict and school-issued transcripts look similar to the image on the right.
Placement is determined based off courses completed and overall GPA.
A cumulative, non-weighted GPA is identified in the box below.

High school transcript non-weighted GPA

Please Note: Submitting official high school transcripts to Saddleback College Admissions & Records does not automatically clear this step. You must submit an Initial Math and English Placement 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. To begin Step #3, click on the image below. You will be directed to MySite where you can access the Advisement. At the end of the online advisement, you will find another link that will direct you to the MAP tool for you to complete your first semester plan.

Online Advisement 

*Group Advisement workshops are currently unavailable*
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 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!

Check your registration date and time in your MySite towards the end of April 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.