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The college matriculation program is designed to help you succeed in your academic program.To "matriculate" means to enroll and to commit oneself to an educational goal.


The matriculation process requires a commitment on the part of the college as well as the student. There are usually three to five steps in the matriculation process.

Matriculation Process

Step 1: Admission

Step 2: Orientation

  • Provides information that helps students navigate through the admissions and registration process.

  • Introduces college resources, programs, and services.

  • Suggests ideas that help students succeed in college.

  • Presents an overview of college regulations, as well as students' rights and responsibilities.

  • Posts Math and English placement results, if applicable.

  • Disseminates information on online resources, first semester planning,and registration.

  • Is often required before students can get a student ID, enroll in classes, etc.

Step 3: Assessment 

Entrance tests (ACT and SAT) are not required for admission to a community college. However, matriculation requires that all new students demonstrate readiness for college level English and Mathematics if they are planning to pursue any of the following educational goals:

  • Transfer to a four year institution

  • Earn a degree or certificate

  • Enroll in basic English, Mathematics, or other courses with English and Math prerequisites

The trend at community colleges is to move away from remedial classes and placement tests such as ACCUPLACER and use other measures to determine the best placement for you. Certain math and English classes you may have already passed in high school and/or test results on exams such as AP, SAT, ACT, IB, or EAP can help determine the best college course placement for you. Contact the college's Testing & Assessment Office.

Step 4: Education Plan Development

Counselors are available to assist you with course planning and education plan development. Make an appointment to meet with a counselor to design a student educational plan outlining the course requirements for your specific program of interest. Periodic updating of this plan is encouraged to ensure that you are receiving the most current information. This is extremely important if you plan to transfer to a four-year university so you know which classes are transferable. Learn about which courses satisfy IGETC (UC-transferable) and  CSUGE (CSU-transferable.)

Step 5: Registration and fees

Register for classes online on your registration date and time. Your registration is not complete until your fees are paid.

Support Services at Community College

Transfer Center

  • Provides information for effective transfer planning to a California State University, University of California, Independent College or University, or an out-of-state institution.

  • Other activities also offered at the Transfer Center, but not limited to, are the following: appointments with visiting university representatives, college catalogs, computer work stations for transfer activities, application assistance, and transfer counseling.


  • State funded student support services program.

  • Primary services include assistance in the following areas: financial assistance (textbook voucher, small loans, application fee waiver), priority enrollment, counseling/advisement, and preparation for transition to four-year colleges and universities.

  • For detail information on all services offered and application procedures, please contact the EOPS Office.

CalWorks/TANF Believe Program-Training, Education and Services

  • Offers support services to students who receive TANF/CalWORKS benefits. Specialized services have been designed to support students in their career, education and personal goals.

  • The program also helps students understand and meet their Welfare-to-Work requirements.

  • Services include vocational/academic counseling, job placement, work study placement and verification of Welfare-to-Work hours.


  • Offers through EOPS for single parents who are receiving CalWORKS and who meet other eligibility criteria.

  • The primary goal is to provide single parents with additional support to help them attain economic self-sufficiency by earning a two year degree, a certificate of achievement, or to transfer to a four year college.

DSPS — Disability Support Programs and Services

Provides services and courses to support students with disabilities in the achievement of their academic and vocational goals. The instructional component promotes equal participation in mainstream academic programs through preparatory and skill maintenance course and offers course for personal growth.

Child Support Center

  • Offers an educational program for children six weeks to five years old (each college has its own age limit for children). Enrollment is limited to children of parents attending day classes.

  • Parents must participate at the center three hours per week each semester their child is enrolled and must take Child Development course (check with the college) the first year they enroll a child in the program.

Guardian Scholars Program (Foster Youth Program)

  • Assists students who have already overcome significant obstacles to obtain a college degree.

  • If you are a current or former foster-care youth, ward of the court, under legal guardianship or an unaccompanied homeless youth, check with each institution for available services.

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