Frequently Asked Questions about Matriculation

I cannot register for classes due to my 'Required' Matriculation Status. What should I do?

The Matriculation Process consists of three steps and all steps must be completed before a 'Required' student is eligible to register for any class. To determine which step of the Matriculation Process is incomplete, call the Matriculation Office at 949.582.4970 or look in your MySite. From the MySite menu, click on My Information > Matriculation > Matriculation Status. Here you will see a display of the steps and whether each is complete or incomplete.

I took the assessment exams at another college. Can I use these placement results at Saddleback College?

Saddleback College does not use assessment exams during the Matriculation Process so we do not accept any other college's exam results for math and/or English placement. Math and English placement is currently based off of high school transcript data.

Where is the Matriculation Office located?

The Matriculation Office in located in the Student Services Center (SSC) building on the second floor. SSC 225B is the office entrance.

Is there a fee to take the prerequisite challenge exams?

Students who need to take the prerequisite challenge exam can do so without incurring any fees.
Note: Challenge Exams are currently unavailable.

Where do I park if I need to visit the Matriculation Office?

Parking lot 5 and 9 are centrally located to the Student Services Center (SSC) building. Valid campus parking permits are required! Daily parking passes are available. The campus map is available from this webpage:

Why am I required to complete the Matriculation Process?

California regulations dictate which community college students must complete pre-enrollment services prior to being eligible to register for classes. The Student Success Act (SB 1456) requires new college students to go through the Matriculation Process unless exempt for the following reasons: earned an associate degree (or higher) from an accredited U.S. college; concurrently enrolled at another 4-year college or university; taking non-academic or non-credit classes for personal development.

Do I have to submit a high school transcript to receive Initial Math and English placement?

No, first-time college students who reported their high school transcript data (highest math and English courses) when completing the Saddleback College application for admission are welcome to use the online Guided Self Placement (GSP) tool. GSP computes placement within 5-10 minutes.
Note: Any student who earned an unweighted cumulative GPA below 3.0 (a B average) and did not successfully complete Algebra 2 (or higher) should strongly consider using the Guided Self Placement (GSP) tool. Using GSP for initial placement is much quicker than requesting a HS transcript evaluation: 5-10 minutes versus 3-5 business days for an evaluation.

How do I determine which English and math classes I should take?

Initial Math and English placement is often displayed as a 'placement level' with eligibility for several courses. For students working towards an associate degree or transfer to a 4-year, major and program of study determine which math and English courses must be completed. It is recommended that students meet with a counselor to create an academic plan/MAP if they are unsure about which classes they should be enrolling in.

What is a Prerequisite?

A prerequisite is a course that must be taken and passed with a grade of C or better before moving up to the next course in a sequence. Example: English 200 is the prerequisite for English 1A and must be passed with a C or better before a student is eligible to enroll in English 1A. More information regarding prerequisites can be found on the Clearing Prerequisites web page.

What is a Support Corequisite?

A support corequisite is a companion course that is required to be taken concurrently with the target course. The information presented, or the practice gained, in the support corequisite course is considered necessary for success in the target course. Example: Your placement from the Matriculation Process allows you to take Math 124+224. The support corequisite is the 224 course and you must sign up for it at the same time you sign up for Math 124. Please note, not all classes have a required support class and there are appeal methods that can be used to try and place into a level that would not require the support class.

Can I appeal the Matriculation Process?

No, the Matriculation Process is based off of your educational goal and status. Students that are required to complete the Matriculation Process must complete all 3 steps in the process.

Starting in fall 2014, new state regulations will give priority registration to students who have completed all steps of the matriculation process and are in good academic standing.

I have my Student Educational Plan but the classes I wanted are already filled. What do I do?

Add yourself to the course wait list or attend the first day of class to see if the instructor is giving out an (APC) Add Permit Code which is required to register for any course that is full or has already started.

I took college English and/or math at another college. May I use those courses to complete the Matriculation Process?

No. Saddleback College uses high school transcript data or our Guided Self Placement tool for placement. Once you have completed the Matriculation Process, you are welcome to clear prerequisites, if needed, with your other college transcripts.

I need to get a prerequisite cleared right away, what do I do?

Visit our Clearing Prerequisites web page and follow the instructions posted. An online form is available for quick submission of your request, however, some evaluations can take up to 5 business days so please plan ahead.

What is Freshman Advantage?

The Freshman Advantage Program is designed for new incoming freshmen of any age that will be attending Saddleback College in the Fall 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.