Matriculation Process

Matriculation Process Document (click to view/download)

The 3-step Matriculation Process must be completed by all new and returning Saddleback College students except those students who have earned an AA/AS degree (or higher) from an accredited U.S. college; are concurrently enrolled at another 4-year college or university; taking non-academic or non-credit classes for personal development (e.g. Yoga, Swimming, Adult Ed, etc.); or are dual enrolled in grades K-11. California regulations for community colleges state that all non-exempt students must complete the steps outlined below prior to being eligible to register for any class.

Note: High School Seniors are required to complete the Matriculation Process in the second half of their senior year (12th grade), in order to register for a Spring semester course at Saddleback College.

Step 1:

Online Orientation - is accessible in your MySite (My Information > Matriculation > Online Orientation) or from this direct link: View Online Orientation. Students must complete all sections and pass the final test at the end of the orientation module in order to receive credit for this step of the Matriculation Process. (Students should print or photograph the completion certificate for their records.) Average completion time is about 30 minutes.

Step 2:

Initial Math and English Placement via our Current Assessment Process effective 6/18/19
Initial Math and English Placement can be obtained using either one of the methods listed below. (Assessment testing is no longer an option for placement.) Review both placement options and select only one.

Option 1: Use the Guided Self Placement Tool
All students completing the Matriculation Process can receive both math and English placement now in about 10 minutes using the Guided Self Placement Tool. Clicking on the link below will direct you to your MySite Student Portal where you can complete your math and English placement without the wait time of a high school transcript evaluation! This option does not require you to submit any transcripts. Average completion time for GSP is about 5 - 10 minutes total.
GSP Link: Guided Self Placement tool

Option 2: Submit a High School Transcript for Evaluation
Submit an Initial Math and English Placement Request and a district or school issued copy 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. Average processing time for a high school transcript evaluation is approximately 3 - 5 business days.

District-issued transcripts are available through Parchment. If your high school uses Parchment, students can log into their account or create an account and download a free District-issued version of their transcript. You may have to request that Parchment obtains your transcript from your high school before a free download version is available.

Please note: foreign, student/parent portal, and home school transcripts cannot be used for this process. Please use, Option 1 above, the Guided Self Placement tool to complete this step.
Online form: Initial Math and English Placement Request

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.

Step 3:

Student Advisement with a First Semester Plan - helps students determine a potential major, an educational goal, and prepares their First Semester Plan using My Academic Plan (MAP). The Advisement and First Semester Plan can be completed in MySite after Initial Math and English Placement has been obtained from one of the methods listed above. Average completion time online is currently about 15 minutes.
As an alternative, students can complete their Advisement and First Semester Plan by attending an in-person Group Advisement session with an academic counselor. (Group Advisement schedules are posted on the Matriculation website.)
*All in-person workshops on campus have been CANCELED until further notice.*

Please note: We are working on updating our Online Advisement to reflect high school data and Guided Self Placement. At this time, completing your First Semester Plan will clear both the Advisement and First Semester Plan parts of this step.

Special Services Note: If you have a severe physical, communication or visual limitation that might require accommodation or if you have extreme difficulty with reading, writing, spelling, math or understanding/remembering information, please contact the Special Services Office in the Student Services Center, Room 113 or at 949-582-4885 to make alternative arrangements.