Freshman Advantage Program

Fall Freshman Advantage Program

The Freshman Advantage Program is designed for incoming, first-time college students of any age who will be attending Saddleback College for the Fall 2022 semester. This program offers first-time college students several benefits: the opportunity to apply early, complete the Matriculation Process early, receive a Freshman Advantage registration date, and so enroll for classes mid-May before the majority of new students.

The early Freshman Advantage application period runs from October 1st to January 31st. Incoming first-time college students can still apply for Fall 2022 admission from February 1st through May to participate in the Freshman Advantage Program. (If you applied for admission and did not receive the 'Permit to Register' within 24 hours, click here.)

High School Seniors: If you are currently enrolled in a course at Saddleback College for Spring 2022 (i.e. COUN 100) or were enrolled for a Fall 2021 course, you do not need to submit a Fall 2022 application for admission. You will roll forward into the Fall 2022 term. Proceed with completing all steps of the Matriculation Process.

Freshman Advantage Program
Mandatory Steps

Submit a Fall 2022 Saddleback College Application,
available as of 10/1/21. Once you have been assigned a Student Number,
complete Steps 1-3 outlined below.
All steps of the Matriculation Process must be completed by 5/10/22
to qualify for Freshman Advantage benefits.

Freshman Advantage Deadline: May 10, 2022

Complete the New Student Orientation (online)

Matriculation Process Step 1

To begin Step #1, click on the link below. You will be redirected to MySite where you can access the Online Orientation module.

Direct Link to MySite: Online Orientation

For more information and step-by-step instructions, go to the New Student Orientation webpage.


Complete the Initial Math and English Placement Process (online)

Matriculation Process Step 2

To begin Step #2, select an option for placement. Your 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 required to complete 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 to MySite: Guided Self Placement tool

Freshman Advantage Deadline: May 10, 2022! If you have not yet completed the Matriculation Process, please use Option 1 Guided Self Placement to complete Step #2. (If you select the option below, processing will take 3-5 business days, missing the deadline.)

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 the deadline.
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 (e.g. Aeries, SchoolLoop), home-school, and foreign high school transcripts cannot be used for Initial Math and English Placement as they lack required data needed for the evaluation. Please use Option 1 Guided Self Placement if you cannot provide an official or 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

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

To begin Step #3, click on the link below. You will be redirected to MySite where you can access the Advisement. At the end of the Online Advisement module, you will be redirected to the My Academic Plan (MAP) tool to create your First Semester Plan.

Direct Link to MySite: Online Advisement

For more information and step-by-step instructions, go to the Student Advisement and First Semester Ed Plan webpage.


Check your Matriculation Status!

As the May 10th deadline approaches, make sure you check your Matriculation Status in MySite. Log into your MySite account and go to My Information > Matriculation > Matriculation Status. Make sure you have a status of 'Complete' listed at the top of the page. (See image below.)

matriculation status completed image

Note: The Comprehensive Ed Plan is not part of the Matriculation Process.


Register For Classes in May!

Towards the end of April, check your Fall 2022 registration date and time in your MySite. You will have been assigned a Freshman Advantage registration date that falls in May. Register for your first semester of classes on or after this date.

To check important dates and deadlines, visit the Admissions & Records website. It is recommended that you complete the optional steps listed below prior to your registration date and time.


Optional but Highly Recommended Steps

*Can be completed any time before or after the Freshman Advantage deadline

Apply for Financial Aid

Visit the Saddleback College Financial Aid website to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA): www.saddleback.edu/fao

Speak with a Counselor

Contact the Counseling Office at 949-582-4572 to make an academic counseling appointment. For current office hours, visit the Counseling website.