Matriculation Process

Students are assigned a matriculation status of 'Required' or 'Not Required' when they apply for admission to Saddleback College. Based off their application data, most new students are required to the complete the Matriculation Process. Saddleback's 3-step Matriculation Process was designed to assist college students with achieving specific educational goals like earning a Certificate, Associate Degree, or Transfer to a 4-year college or university. All undecided first-time college students are also required to complete the Matriculation Process.

Students who are exempt from completing the process were assigned a matriculation status of 'Not Required.' Even though not required, exempt students may still opt into orientation, assessment, or advisement services. However, completion of the Matriculation Process alone will not improve Registration Appointment Priority, which is a function of a student's application data (including highest Educational Status and current Educational Goal). Exemption criteria includes the following:

  • completed 30+ college units at the time of admission
  • earned an AA/AS degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  • concurrently enrolled 4-year college or university student taking classes to meet degree requirements
  • taking non-academic or non-credit classes for educational development (KNES, AESL, EI)
  • dual enrolled in grades K-12 (Special Admission)
California Community College regulations state that all non-exempt students must complete the Matriculation Process steps outlined below prior to registering for any class.

The Steps of the Matriculation Process

Matriculation Process Document (click to view/download)

Step 1:

Online Orientation - New Student Orientation to Saddleback College
The Online Orientation module is accessible in your MySite (My Information > Matriculation > Online Orientation) or from the direct link below. Students must complete all sections and pass the final test at the end of the orientation module in order to receive credit for Step #1 of the Matriculation Process. (Students should print or take a screen capture of the completion certificate for their records.)
Direct Link: Online Orientation
Average completion time is about 30 minutes.

Step 2:

Initial Math and English Placement - via our Current Assessment Process effective 6/18/19
Saddleback College's Current Assessment Process allows student to obtain Initial Math and English Placement by using either one of the options listed below. Review both placement options and select only one to complete Step #2 of the Matriculation Process. (Assessment testing is no longer an option for placement.)

Option 1: Use the Guided Self Placement Tool
Students completing the Matriculation Process can now receive both Math and English Placement in about 10 minutes using the Guided Self Placement (GSP) Tool. Clicking on the link below will direct you to your MySite Student Portal where you can complete two short surveys for initial Math and English Placement. (This option does not require you to submit any transcripts.)
Direct Link: Guided Self Placement tool
Average completion time for GSP is about 5 - 10 minutes.

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: Submit a High School Transcript for Initial Placement
Submit an Initial Math and English Placement Request and a district-issued or school-issued copy of your high school transcript for evaluation. Your transcript must include the following: successful completion of math and English courses through the 11th grade and an overall non-weighted GPA of 3.0 (or higher).
Direct Link: Submit Initial Math and English Placement Request
Average processing time for a high school transcript evaluation is approximately 3 - 5 business days.

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

Please note: Student/parent portal, homeschool, and foreign high school transcripts cannot be used for the initial placement request. If you do not have a district-issued or school-issued high school transcript, please use the Guided Self Placement tool (Option 1 above) to complete Step #2.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Submitting an official high school transcript to Saddleback College Admissions & Records will not automatically clear this step. You must submit an Initial Math and English Placement form in order to notify our office of this request.

Step 3:

Student Advisement with a First Semester Plan
Advisement helps students determine a potential major, define their educational goal, and prepare 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. Once you have created a First Semester Plan, you will have completed Step #3 of the Matriculation Process.
Direct Link: Online Advisement and First Semester Plan
Average completion time is about 15 minutes.

*Group Advisement workshops are currently unavailable*
As an alternative, students can choose to complete their Advisement and First Semester Plan by attending a Group Advisement session with an academic counselor. The Group Advisement schedule is posted on the Matriculation website.

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 at 949-582-4885 to make alternative arrangements.