The Freshman Advantage Program is designed for new incoming freshmen of any age who will be attending Saddleback College for the Fall 2021 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. Only those first-time college students who complete the mandatory steps by April 16, 2021 are eligible for the Freshman Advantage benefits.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Freshman Advantage deadline is now extended to May 10, 2021!
Freshman Advantage Program
Once you have submitted a Fall 2021 Saddleback College Freshman Advantage Application,
complete Steps 1-3 outlined below. All steps of the Matriculation Process must be completed by the
April 16th deadline to qualify for Freshman Advantage benefits.
Complete the New Student Orientation (online)
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.
Complete the Initial Math and English Placement Process (online)
Initial Math and English placement can be obtained using either of the following current assessment process 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 (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. 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.
Direct Link: Initial Math and English Placement Request
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Student/parent portal, home-school, and foreign high school transcripts cannot be used for the math and English placement process as they lack required data. Please use Option 1 Guided Self Placement if you cannot provide a District issued transcript.
District 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.
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)
For more information, go to the Student Advisement and First Semester Ed Plan web page. To begin Step #3, click on one of the image below. You will be directed to MySite where you can access the 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 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.)
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.