Matriculation Process

Matriculation Process Document (click to view/download)

The 3-step Matriculation Process must be completed by all new 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.

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 without the wait time of a high school transcript evaluation! 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.

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.

Note: 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 Request to the Matriculation Office.

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.

Note: We are working on updating our Online Advisement to reflect high school data and Guided Self Placement. At this time, creating your First Semester Plan will clear both the Advisement and First Semester Plan, completing Step 3.

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.