The Matriculation process is designed to assist students in achieving their educational goals at Saddleback College. The process begins when a student submits an application to Saddleback College. All students that do not yet have a minimum of an AA/AS degree from an accredited U.S. college, concurrently enrolled at another 4-year college, taking classes for personal development or concurrently enrolled in grades K-11 are required to complete the Matriculation Process. California regulations state that all required students must complete the steps below prior to being eligible to register for any class at Saddleback College.
Step 1: Online Orientation - Click the linked text to open a new browser window and start the New Student Online Orientation or click the button below the red menu on the right hand side of the screen and follow the instructions to log into MySite. Students must complete all sections and pass the final test at the end of the orientation in order to receive credit for this step of the Matriculation Process.
Step 2: Math and English Placement is used as an indicator to what course levels students should begin with and also clears prerequisites in these areas. Placement can be obtained using one or both of the following options:
- Option A: Take the Assessment Exams - Walk-in testing is available most weeks Monday - Thursday between 9am and 1:30pm, no appointment required. Night and weekend testing is available by appointment only on specific days throughout the month. Appointments for night and weekend assessment can be made online, at the Matriculation Office (Village 8-5), or by calling the Matriculation Office (949-582-4970). Students must have a Saddleback College student ID number to make a testing appointment.
If you live outside California and cannot make it to our campus to take your assessment exams and do not have Alternative Evidence to submit, please email us by submitting the Contact Form for off-campus proctoring services.
- Option B: Turn in Alternative Evidence - The evidence listed below may be submitted with the “Math and English Alternative Evidence Evaluation Form” to obtain Math and English placement. Please see the Alternative Evidence webpage for more information. Please Note: Submitting official transcripts to Saddleback College does not automatically clear this step.
- Other college transcripts with a Saddleback College equivalent math and/or English course completed and passed with a grade of C or better.
- Students who have taken and received a 3 or higher on the English Composition and/or calculus AP exams.
- Other California Community College assessment exams can clear the Matriculation Process but will not clear any prerequisites. Students on a degree pathway should take the Saddleback College assessment exams.
Step 3: Student Advisement Including a First Semester Plan - Advisement sessions are completed online and help students to determine their educational goal and prepare a First Semester Educational Plan using My Academic Plan (MAP). The Advisement must be completed after you have received math and English placement from step 2 above.
Special Services Note: If you have a severe physical, communication or visual limitation that might require testing 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.