2016-2017 College Catalog 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2016-2017 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Enrolling at Saddleback

Admission Requirements

Eligibility for Admission

Saddleback College is one of two colleges in the South Orange County Community College District, which also includes Irvine Valley College.  Students may apply to only one college but may register in classes at either or both colleges.  (Please see College of Record)

Admission to Saddleback College is open to anyone who is a

high school graduate, has a High School Equivalency certificate, or is 18 years of age or older and shows evidence of being able to benefit from instruction.

Students enrolled in elementary through high school may attend Saddleback College as special admits. Special admits may enroll in the classes recommended by their school principal and are required to submit a completed “Special Admission Request Form” (available online) each semester two weeks prior to the start of the term. Students in grades 9-12 are limited to 11 units per semester; K-8 students are limited to 6 units per semester. K-12 students are not permitted to enroll in Kinesiology (PE) classes.

Individuals holding valid non-immigrant visas, which federal law prohibits from enrolling in a course of study, are not admissible.

Questions regarding admission to Saddleback College may be sent via e-mail to scadmissions@saddleback.edu or by calling the Office of Admissions and Records at 949-582-4555.

Application for Admission

Students who are enrolling in Saddleback College for the first time or are returning after an absence of a semester or more (not including summer) must submit an application for admission online. Computers and assistance with the application are available in the Office of Admissions and Records. The online application is available at www.saddleback.edu/admissions.

The application for admission is available online beginning the following dates:

  Fall semester:
Spring semester:
Summer session:
February 1
August 1
February 1

College of Record

 In the South Orange Community College District, your college of record is the one to which you have applied (Saddleback or Irvine Valley).  Your college of records is where you complete all admission steps (application, orientation, assessment, advisement, academic plan); receive support services, such as Financial Aid, DSPS, EOPS; and plan to complete your educational goal.  Should you need to discuss or change your college of record, please contact the Office of Admissions and Records.

California Residence Classification

The Office of Admissions and Records determines the California residence status of all new and returning students for nonresident tuition purposes. Responses to the Application for Admission and, if necessary, other evidence furnished by the student are used in making this determination. A student who fails to submit adequate information to establish a California residency will be classified as a nonresident.

“Nonresident students” are those who have not established residency in the state for at least one year prior to the residence determination date or those who hold certain non-immigrant visas which preclude them from establishing residency. Foreign students admitted to the United States under student visas are classified as nonresidents.

The following statement of the rules regarding residency deter- mination for nonresident tuition purposes is not a complete discussion of the law, but a summary of the principal rules and their exceptions.

Legal residence may be established by an adult who is physically present in the state and who, at the same time, intends to make California his or her permanent home. Steps must be taken at least one year prior to the residence determination date to show an intent to make California the permanent home with concur- rent relinquishment of the prior legal residence. The residence determination date is that day immediately preceding the open- ing day of instruction each semester during which the student proposes to attend classes at Saddleback College.

The steps necessary to show Califronia residence intent will vary from case to case.  Included among the steps may be:

Filing resident California state income tax forms on total income, registering to vote and voting in elections in California, ownership of residential property or continuous occupancy or renting of an apartment on a lease basis where one’s permanent belongings are kept, maintaining active resident membership in a California professional organization, maintaining California vehicle plates and operator’s license, maintaining active savings and checking accounts in California banks, for military service personnel — maintaining permanent military address in California on the Leave and Earning statements (L.E.S.). The burden of proof to clearly demonstrate both physical presence and intent to establish California residence lies with the student.


The California Education Code allows certain non-residents an exemption from non-resident tuition. The criteria for these exemptions are listed below. Students who believe they are eligible for an exemption based on any one of the following criteria should inform the Office of Admissions and Records when they apply.

  • Student under two-year care and control of adult
  • Students who are members of the armed forces of the Unites States who are stationed in this state on active duty, except those assigned to California for educational purposes
  • Students who are eligible as covered individuals as defined in the  Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACA Act)  who are taking advantage of their Chapter 30 or 33 benefits.
  • Spouses and dependents (natural or adopted children or stepchildren) of active members of the armed forces.
  • Armed forces members remaining in the state following discharge
  • Dependent of a California resident of more than one year; parent residing in California for one year and contributing court ordered support for student
  • Graduate of California school operated by the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Student holding teaching credential; other conditions apply
  • Employee or child or spouse of employee of institution or state agency
  • Students who are under 20 years old and served by the California Foster Care system.
  • Student who attended a California high school at least 3 years and graduated from a California high school or earned an equivalency (GED) in California (AB 540)

Other conditions may be required to meet these criteria. Please call 949-582-4555 for more information.

Reclassification to Resident Status

Reclassification to resident status must be requested by the student. Financial independence during the current year and preceding two years will be considered at the time the student requests  reclassification Information regarding requirements for reclassification is available in the Office of Admissions and Records. Students should allow ten working days after submitting their documents for a decision.

International Students (F1-Visa)

Saddleback College defines an “international student” as a student attending Saddleback College fulltime while on an F-1 student visa. Applications for admission to Saddleback College’s International Student Program are available online at www.saddleback.edu/iso and in the International Student Office. Prospective students may contact the International Student Office at 949-582-4637 or by e-mail at sc-iso@saddleback.edu.

To be considered for admission to Saddleback College, international applicants (residents of countries other than the United States who hold or are applying for F-1 student visas) are required to submit the following documents:

  1. Application for admission is available online beginning the following dates:
      Fall semester:
    Spring semester:
    Summer session:
    February 1
    September 1
    February 1
  2. A nonrefundable processing fee of $54 for the 2016-2017 academic year, required with the application form.

  3. The International Student Supplement should be completed, signed by the applicant, and turned in to the International Student Office. The form can be found at www.saddleback.edu/iso.

  4. English proficiency test requirement: Students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language), STEP EIKEN, iTEP or the IELTS. The TOEFL score must be a minimum of 470 (paper-based) or 52 (internet-based). The STEP EIKEN test must be passed at the grade 2 level. The iTEP score must be a minimum of 4.0. The IELTS score must be a minimum of 4.5.

    The English proficiency test requirement may be waived for applicants who can demonstrate that they have successfully completed the equivalent to ENG 200  at Saddleback College. The course must be from a regionally accredited institution. Students who have attended at least 3 years and have graduated from a U.S. high school are not required to complete the English proficiency test requirement.

  5. Academic records: Evidence of academic achievement equivalent to an American high school diploma or higher. The transcripts of the original records must be accompanied by a notarized English translation. In addition, international students who are in the U.S. as F-1 students must submit all of their academic records from the institutions they have attended in the U.S.

  6. International Student Supplement completed and signed by the applicant. The form can be found at www.saddleback.edu/iso/admission-requirements-international-students.

Students transferring from other institutions in the United States must submit the following in addition to the above requirements.

  1. Transfer form completed by prior institution verifying the student’s current status.
  2. Copy of the SEVIS I-20 provided by prior institution.
  3. Copy of passport information page (i.e. name, photo, date of birth, etc), F1 visa, and form I-94 (both sides).
  4. Official transcripts from prior institutions attended in the United States.

Upon acceptance to Saddleback College, international students are expected to:

  1. Enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 units each semester with a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). International students are allowed to register for only one online class each semester to apply towards the 12 unit requirement for full-time enrollment.
  2. Purchase health insurance coverage: Saddleback College and the South Orange County Community College District require that all international students have a valid health insurance plan from the district-approved carrier during their entire course of study. Students must have health insurance coverage in order to enroll in classes. Health insurance information is available at www.saddleback.edu/iso and at the International Student Office.
  3. Pay non-resident tuition fees in addition to all other applicable fees during their entire attendance at Saddleback College.

Saddleback College international students with F-1 visas may enroll in a maximum of 6.00 units at Irvine Valley College when certain classes are not offered at Saddleback College to maintain their fulltime enrollment. International students with F-1 visas from other schools may enroll concurrently at Saddleback College on a part-time basis not to exceed six units. Students should consult the International Student Office for more information. Applicants with other types of visas (not F-1) should apply online through the Office of Admissions and Records at www.saddleback.edu/admissions.

For additional information, contact the International Student Office at 949-582-4637 or sc-iso@saddleback.edu.

Note: International applicants are not admitted to impacted programs, which include the Nursing and Paramedic programs. Please consult the International Student Office for a complete list of impacted programs.

Under the Division of Enrollment Services, the International Student Office at Saddleback College oversees the recruitment, admission, and retention of international students. The International Student Office provides a wide range of services to international students including admission, assessment, orientation, home-stay and F-1 visa advising. In addition, the Office coordinates events on-campus to promote global awareness and cooperation. The International Student Program at Saddleback College is governed under the South Orange County Community College District and U.S. federal regulations.

Student Fees/Refunds/Credits

All fees are subject to change

Associated Student Body (ASB) Stamp Fee

The $10 ASB stamp fee provides a variety of benefits to students and supports, as part of the total ASG budget, a variety of student programs and services, such as Athletics, Fine Arts, Scholarships, access to the ASG office, and many other student-sponsored activities. In purchasing the ASG Stamp you will also receive a FUND card valued at over $160 in discounts. The ASB fee is nonrefundable. The ASB stamp fee can be purchased online and in SSC 211, in the ASG Office.

Enrollment Fee

The Enrollment Fee is $46 per unit with no maximum. This fee is subject to change by the State of California.

Health Fee

All students who enroll in classes held on the Saddleback College campus (to include hybrid internet classes with either optional or mandatory on-campus components) are required by state law to pay $19 per regular semester and $16 for the summer session. The health fee entitles students to a variety of health services. (Please note, this is not a personal health insurance policy). The student health fee may be voluntarily paid by students taking off-campus or distance education classes who want to use these services. Health fees may be subject to change during the academic year.

State law provides the following exemptions from the health fee. Students must submit proof for these exemptions at the time they register:

  1. Students who depend exclusively upon prayer for healing in accordance with the teachings of a bona fide religious sect, denomination, or organization.
  2. Students who are attending a community college under an approved apprenticeship-training program.

Material/Lab Fees

The policy for requiring students to provide instructional and other materials and establishing the provisions for assessing the students a fee for a credit or non-credit course shall conform to the following guidelines:

  1. The materials shall be tangible personal property which are owned or primarily controlled by an individual student.
  2. The material is of a continuing value to the student outside of the classroom setting, which can be taken from the classroom setting, and which is not wholly consumed, used up or rendered valueless as it is applied in achieving the required objectives of a course which are to be accomplished under the supervision of an instructor during class hours.
  3. The material shall not be solely or exclusively available from the district except if it is provided to the student at the District’s actual cost and:
    1. The material is otherwise generally available, but is provided by the district for health and safety reasons; or
    2. The material is provided in lieu of other generally available but more expensive material which would otherwise be required.

Any materials not meeting these guidelines will be provided by the District to students at no cost to the student.

Parking Fees

Students who intend to park in a student lot must purchase a parking permit each semester. An annual permit which includes Fall, Spring, and Summer is available for purchase in the Fall only. Parking fee costs can be found on the college website in the Student Payment Office webpage under “Fees.”

Day parking permits can be purchased at any one of the yellow permit dispenser machines currently located at the Medical Center Drive campus entrance next to the flag pole; at the north end of parking lot 10, at lot 5A (Near Tennis Courts); and at parking lot 1. Timed metered parking is available at the north end of lot #9.

Returned Check Fee

Non-Sufficient Funds and Stop-Payment Check Charge Policy

In accordance with California Civil Code Chapter 522, Section 1719, the District hereby establishes a processing fee for handling non-sufficient funds (NSF) and stop-payment checks. The amount of the fee will be reviewed and approved annually by the Board of Trustees.

Each check dishonored by your bank for whatever reason is subject to a processing fee.

A $20 processing fee will be charged for all returned checks.

The Saddleback College bookstore is a contract service and is not subject to this policy. Please contact the bookstore for their check return policy.

Transcript/Verification Fees

Transcripts: Students are entitled to two free transcripts and/or verifications. Additional copies are $3.00 per copy. Transcripts may be ordered online or in-person only. (The online system does not accommodate the two free transcripts.)

Emergency Transcripts are $5.00 in addition  to  the  transcript fee. Emergency transcripts requests are available only through the online system and are mailed, sent electronically, or made available for pickup within 24 hours during normal business hours after request are received.

Saddleback College transcripts do not include grades from Irvine Valley College or any other institution. Students need to make separate requests to each college. Visit saddleback.edu/admissions/transcripts for more information.

Verifications of Enrollment a standard official verification of enrollment may be downloaded free of charge through MySite. Choose MyInformation then choose Official Enrollment Verification.

Other types of verifications are $3.00 after the first two free transcripts or verifications.

Emergency Verifications are $5.00 in addition to the verification fee. Verifications may also be ordered by mail or in person. The Verifications Request Form may be downloaded from www.saddleback.edu/admissions/degree-and-enrollment-verifications.

Mail requests to:
Saddleback College
Office of Admissions and Records
Verification Unit
28000 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Non-Resident Fees

Application Fee

Non-resident students who are citizens and residents of a foreign country will be charged a non-refundable fee of $54 at the time the application is submitted and each time an application is submitted. Non-resident/non-citizen students who can validate asylee/refugee status or who are evaluated to have a financial hardship may be exempt from this fee.

Capital Outlay Fee

Students who are U.S. citizens but not California residents, as well as students who are not U.S. citizens, will be charged a capital outlay fee of $65 per unit. This is in addition to the $46 per unit enrollment fee and the $211 per unit non-resident tuition fee.

Students who are not U.S. citizens but can validate asylum/refugee status, or who have been evaluated to have a financial hardship, may be exempt from this fee.

Tuition Fees

Students who are U.S. citizens but not California residents, and students who are not U.S. citizens, will be charged a non-resident tuition fee of $211 per unit. This is in addition to the $46 per unit enrollment fee and the $65 per unit capital outlay fee.

Students who are not U.S. citizens but can validate asylum/refugee status, or who have been evaluated to have a financial hardship, may be exempt from this fee.

Non-Resident and Capital Outlay Fees Exemption for Veterans and their Dependents

Effective July 1, 2015, veterans who are eligible for Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits and enroll in the college within 3 years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more are exempt from paying non-resident fees and capital outlay fees. Dependents of veterans who are using these benefits are entitled to the same exemption. This exemption will remain in effect for each qualifying student as long as the student is continuously enrolled in classes.

Fees Payment Deadlines

During the registration period up to 10 days prior to the week before the semester begins, students are given 5 business days to pay for their registration. Students who have registered prior to the start of the semester with a balance over $50 who have not paid by their fee deadline are subject to being dropped from classes.

Beginning 10 days prior to the start of the semester, online registration payment is by credit/debit card only and payment is due at the time of registration. During this time, students may pay by check or cash by coming to the Office of Admissions and Records to complete their registration. They will be sent to the Student Payment Office (SSC 208) to pay for their fees the same day.

Beginning the first day of the semester, students adding classes will not be dropped for nonpayment but will be responsible for their fee balance. A hold will be placed on student accounts for unpaid balances, preventing further registration or official transcript requests.

Students whose fees are being waived or paid for by financial aid must ensure that their fee waivers or aid is in place prior to their payment deadline.

Refunds/Account Credits

Student must officially drop classes through on-line, telephone or in-person registration within the established refund deadline dates in order to be eligible for a refund of fees paid. There are no refunds for classes added or dropped after these refund deadline dates.

It is the always the student’s responsibility to drop a class prior to the refund deadline date to ensure a refund. Students who add or drop a class after the class’ refund deadline dates are not entitled to a refund. Also, students who are dropped from a class by an instructor after the class’ refund deadline date are not entitled to a refund. Students dropped from a class after the class’ refund deadline date due to non-payment are not entitled to a refund. The only exception to this policy is when the college cancels the class. In this instance, fees charged for the cancelled class will be refunded.

Dropping classes within the refund deadline dates will generate a credit on the student’s account. These credits can be kept on the student’s account, or can be refunded. Refunds are not automatically sent to students. They must be requested by submitting a completed refund request form to the Student Payment Office. These forms are available in the Student Payment Office or online. To access refund forms on-line, go to www.saddleback.edu/spo and click on the refund form link.

Money in a student’s account is considered the student’s property, and is returned only to the student. The only exception is when the funds were provided by an organization which the college has an existing refund return policy with, such as the California Department of Rehabilitation.

Refund deadline dates are different for different classes. The refund deadline date for each class can be found in the details section of the online schedule at saddleback.edu/cs. Please allow 2 weeks for processing credit card refunds and 30 days for processing check refunds. Additional information on refunds is available on the Student Payment Office web page, which can be found on the college website as noted above. Students can also call the Student Payment Office at (949) 582-4870 for additional information.

Associated Student Body (ASB) Fee  Refund/Credits

The Associated Student Body (ASB) stamp fee is non-refundable.

Enrollment Fee Credits

Students are eligible for an enrollment fee credit if the class is dropped prior to the published refund deadline date for that class, or it the class is cancelled by the college.

Health Fee Credits

Students are eligible for a health fee credit only if all on-campus classes are dropped prior to the applicable deadline date for each class, or if the student’s class(es) have been cancelled by the college.

Material/Lab Fee Credits

Students are eligible for a material/lab fee credit if the class is dropped prior to the refund deadline date for that class, of if the class is cancelled by the college.

Non-Resident Tuition Credits

A request for credit of non-resident tuition may be made in any of the three categories listed below:

  1. Non-resident tuition fees collected in error. In such cases, 100 percent of the non-resident tuition will be credited.
  2. Non-resident tuition fees refundable as a result of the cancellation of a class or some similar action on the part of the college, clearly beyond the control of the student and for which the fees have been paid. In cases of cancellation of a class, 100 percent of non-resident tuition will be credited.
  3. Non-resident tuition fees refundable as a result of a student’s reduction of units prior to the class(es) refund deadline date.

Parking Fee Credits

Credits on parking fees will be given only when all of the following conditions are true:

  1. When a class is canceled and the student is not attending any other classes on campus during the semester, or if the student officially withdraws from all of their classes during the first two weeks of a regular term, or during the first week of eight-week terms.
  2. The student Parking Decal is turned in to the Campus Police Department during the first two weeks of a regular semester or during the first week of an eight-week session.

Matriculation Services


Saddleback College acknowledges the importance of maximizing the student’s abilities to make individual choices based on accurate, relevant information and is committed to developing, implementing, and refining policies and procedures which are in the best interest of the student. Matriculation is a process that brings the student and Saddleback College into a partnership.

In this partnership the student agrees to:

  1. Complete the Matriculation process including: Online, Orientation, Assessment, and Online Advisement
  2. Complete a first semester educational plan and establish goals
  3. Attend classes
  4. Discuss academic goals with a counselor
  5. Use support services as needed
  6. Make progress toward achieving the goal
  7. Follow recommendations given by counselor/instructor

Saddleback College agrees to provide:

  1. Resources and support services
  2. Assessment and college orientation
  3. Advisement and First Semester Ed Plan
  4. Courses in basic skills
  5. Individual comprehensive educational plans
  6. Career, learning, and transfer centers
  7. Continued monitoring of academic success

Who is required to complete Matriculation

The Student Success Act (SB 1456) requires the completion of the matriculation process of first time college students and college students new to the district (SOCCCD).  Saddleback College also requires all special admit High School Seniors to complete the matriculation process before enrolling in any courses.

Who is Exempt from Matriculation

Students who have completed an associate degree (or higher), are concurrently enrolled at a 4-year college/university, or are enrolling in courses for non-academic, educational development are not required to complete matriculation.

Steps in the Matriculation Process

Matriculation is designed to assist students in achieving their educational goals at Saddleback College. The process includes Orientation, Assessment, Advisement/Ed Plan, and follow-up services. Students required to matriculate must complete the following steps prior to registering for classes:

  1. New Student Orientation provides students with information about the many resources available at Saddleback College. Students learn about student services, special programs, and other student support programs. They are introduced to MySite, the inidividual student information system, and to the procedures for registration.
  2. Math and English Placement is used as an indicator to what course levels students should begin with an also clears prerequisites.  Placement can be obtained by using one or more of the following methods:

Assessment may include, but is not limited to, information regarding the student’s English and reading proficiency, math skills, and possible need for special services
Alternative Evidence - Students who have completed and passed a math and English course at another college/university or have taken and received a 3 or higher on the English and/or calculus AP exams can submit Alternative Evidence to complete this assessment step.

  1. Student Advisement/Ed Plan assists students in determining their educational goals, plan their first semester schedule, and prepare a “First Semester Ed Plan.” Students learn about transfer, degree requirements, and vocational programs.

Follow-up services monitor the students’ progress throughout the academic year. Students on either academic or progress probation are notified of their academic standing and students on First Time Probation will be required to attend a probation workshop before they will be eligible to register. Early Alert Notifications may be used to notify students of their academic standing each semester so they can seek assistance from the Division of Counseling Services. My Academic Plan (MAP) workshops may also be available as follow-up academic planning services.

Students must follow the Matriculation procedures and take their assessment exams at their school of record. All Saddleback College students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the Matriculation process.

The Matriculation Office is located in Village 8-5. You may call the Matriculation Office at 949-582-4970 or visit our website at www.saddleback.edu/matriculation .

Retest Policy

Reading: Students may repeat the Reading assessment exam every three (3) months.

English: Students may retake the English assessment exam every three (3) months .

English as a Second Language (ESL): Students may retake the ESL assessment test every three (3) months.

Mathematics: Students are allowed to retake the same level math assessment exam once every three (3) months. Students may take a different level math test with no waiting period.

Alternative Matriculation Services

Students may be referred to alternative services to complete the Matriculation Process if they indicate any of the following:

  1. English is not their primary language, and the student does not feel proficient enough in English to take the regular English Placement Exam.
  2. They have a disability which creates educational or functional limitations that require academic accommodations.

Comprehensive Educational Plan

Students are required to complete a Comprehensive Educational Plan and have it approved by a counselor once they have completed 15 degree-applicable units or by the end of their third semester – whichever comes first. Failure to have a Comprehensive Ed Plan approved within this timeframe will result in a Comprehensive Plan (CP) hold which will delay registration. To be eligible for future course enrollment, the student must complete a Comprehensive Ed Plan.

Removing a CP Hold

A student with a Comprehensive Plan hold, notated as a CP in MySite, must complete a Comprehensive Educational Plan with a counselor to be eligible to enroll in future courses. A Comprehensive Ed Plan may be completed by contacting the Counseling Office at (949)582-4572 or visiting SSC 167 for a counseling appointment or MAP workshop

Prerequisites/Corequisites/Limitation on Enrollment/Recommended Preparation

Saddleback College is committed to helping students select appropriate level courses in order to provide the greatest chance for their academic success. Information relating to prerequisites, corequisites, limitation on enrollment, and recommended preparation are printed in bold as part of the course descriptions in the catalog and with a padlock symbol to the right of the course description in the online class schedule.

Students are responsible for meeting the prerequisite, corequisite, limitation on enrollment, or recommended preparation requirement prior to registering for any course with these restrictions. It’s recommended that students clear all prerequisites a minimum of 2 weeks prior to their assigned registration time to avoid enrollment delays.


Mastery of a certain body of knowledge is necessary for students to be successful in the target course (the course that has the prerequisite). Most commonly, such knowledge is measured by successful completion of the prerequisite course listed in the class schedule. “Successful completion” is defined by a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P” (formerly CR) in the prerequisite course. Grades that are not acceptable are “C-“, “D,” “F,” or “NP (formerly NC).


Concurrent (simultaneous) enrollment in a companion course is required. The information presented, or the practice gained in the corequisite course, is considered necessary for success in the target course.

Limitation on Enrollment:

A condition of enrollment which limits how students qualify for a particular program. Limitations apply to courses that include public performance or intercollegiate competition where a tryout or audition is necessary. Some courses require formal admission to a particular program in order to enroll (e.g., Nursing, EMT, Paramedic) or to meet safety requirements.

Recommended Preparation:

Certain course preparation is advised before students enter the target course. These recommendations indicate preparation that is considered advantageous, but not essential, to the success in the target course.

How to Clear a Prerequisite

Students can clear their prerequisite requirement by completing any one of the following:

  1. Complete an assessment exam at Saddleback College for English and/or math and place into the course above the prerequisite.
  2. Complete the course(s) at Saddleback College with a satisfactory grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P” (formerly CR).
    Note: Grade of “C-” or lower is not satisfactory.
  3. Provide transcripts showing the completion of an English and/or Math course from another college or university to the Matriculation Office if the course you are wishing to take has an English and/or math prerequisite. Such evidence must demonstrate satisfactory completion of the prerequisite course with a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” “CR,”or “P.” Note: Grade of “C-” or lower is not satisfactory.
  4. Provide a College Board AP score report with a 3 or higher on the English Composition/Language or Composition/Literature exam to clear an English prerequisite or Calculus AB or BC exams with a score of 3 or higher to clear a math prerequisite.
  5. Provide acceptable evidence of an equivalent assessment exam administered at another accredited California community college. Students may clear prerequisites in English if the appropriate course placement is provided on their results. Math prerequisites may be cleared if the student took the MDTP (Math Diagnostic Testing Project) placement exam and their test level and score are provided on the results. Students must have the Matriculation Office evaluate all placement results for acceptance.

Submitting an English and/or math prerequisite evaluation request using alternative evidence:

Complete the Math and English Alternative Evidence Evaluation Form, attach your alternative evidence with course catalog description(s) and submit all documents to the Matriculation Office. Courses that have prerequisites other than English or math must be evaluated by the appropriate division office.

NOTE: Students should submit evaluations a minimum of two weeks prior to their registration date to avoid enrollment delays. Specific information regarding procedures, time lines, and transcript evaluation notification is available in the Matriculation Office or on our website. Courses offered in high school, college ESL courses or courses taken for “zero units” cannot be used to satisfy a math or English prerequisite.

Course Prerequisite Appeal Procedures

State regulations require the enforcement of prerequisites. A student may file an appeal based on the following criteria:

The student has the knowledge or ability to succeed in the course despite not meeting the prerequisite.

The student is able to succeed safely despite prerequisites established to protect health and safety standards.

The prerequisite or corequisite course is not reasonably available.

The college cannot provide alternatives to the course requiring performance standards as a prerequisite.

The prerequisite is discriminatory or is being applied in a discriminatory manner.

The prerequisite is not valid because it is not necessary for success in the course for which it is required.

Students wishing to appeal a course placement based on one of the criteria listed above must file an Appeal Petition which can be obtained in the division office of the target course. An Appeals Committee will review the petition and make a decision within five working days. If the appeal is approved, the student will be allowed to enroll in the higher level class. If the appeal is denied, the student will not be eligible for the higher level course and will be dropped if prior enrollment was allowed.

English Composition Appeal Process

Students who receive a recommended placement in a basic- skills writing course, rather than a college-level writing course as a result of the initial assessment process and who wish to be considered for placement in college-level writing and is currently inside the non-retesting period can take the Writing Sample Appeal. During the Writing Sample Appeal students will write an essay based on a prompt and passage provided by the Matriculation Office.

An Appeals Committee will meet and review the Writing Sample Appeal within five working days. If the appeal is approved, the student will be allowed to enroll in the higher level course. If the appeal is denied, the student will not be eligible for the higher level course and will be dropped if prior enrollment was allowed. Appeal results are final and placement cannot be appealed again.

Dates and times of the Writing Sample Appeals are available in the Matriculation Office (Village 8-5) or online at www.saddleback.edu/matriculation.

Mathematics Appeal Process

A student who desires placement in a higher level mathematics course than resulted from the usual assessment process may complete an “Appeal Petition” in the Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Division Office, SM 334.
The following items must be included with the Appeal Petition:

The student’s high school transcript.

College transcript and college catalog description of each mathematics courses on the transcript.

The Students Official Results from the appropriate Saddleback College mathematics assessment exam. Students seeking enrollment in MATH 353 must complete either the level 1 or level 2 mathematics placement exam. Those seeking enrollment in MATH 205 or 253 must complete either the level 2 or level 3 mathematics placement exam. Students who wish to enroll in MATH 7, 8, 10, 11, 112 or 124 must complete the level 3 placement exam. Students must complete the level 4 mathematics placement exam for all higher level math courses.

An Appeals Committee will meet to review the Appeal Petition and supporting documents within five working days. If the appeal is approved the student will be allowed to enroll in the higher level course. If the appeal is denied, the student will not be eligible for the higher level course and will be dropped if prior enrollment was allowed. Appeal results are final and placement cannot be appealed again.

Student’s Rights

Any student who feels they have experienced discrimination regarding the matriculation process has the right to file a grievance. Information may be obtained in the Office of the Vice President for Student Services, AGB 126.

Registration for Classes

Open Enrollment Policy

Pursuant to the provision of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, commencing with Section 58102, the Governing Board of the South Orange County Community College District affirms a policy of open enrollment. Unless specifically exempted by statute, every course, course section, or class, wherever offered and maintained by the district and where state apportionment is reported, shall be fully open to enrollment and participation by any person admitted to the college and who meets such requisites as established by the Board in accordance with the above-referenced section of Title 5.

Registration for Classes

Students register online or in person. Payment is due by the deadline stated on the Confirmation page at the end of the registration session. Once the semester has begun, payment for registration is due at the time of enrollment. After selecting classes and paying all required fees, registration is completed. Consult the Admissions and Records website at www.saddleback.edu/admissions for the most recent registration information. Students must have officially enrolled and paid for classes during the registration period in order to receive a grade for the course. Classes cannot overlap, i.e., students may enroll in only one course in a time period. Please be aware that proof of prerequisite completion or alternative evidence may be required. (See Matriculation Services above)

New and Former Students

New students are those who have never filed an application or enrolled in classes at either Saddleback College or Irvine Valley College. Former students are those who have previously filed an application or attended either Saddleback College or Irvine Valley College but have been absent from the college for one semester or more, excluding summer.

Once an application is submitted, a registration permit is issued indicating a student’s assigned registration time for Internet registration. Students who apply online receive their registration permits by email.

Most students new to Saddleback College, except those who have already earned an associate degree or higher degree, should participate in an assessment and orientation session prior to registering for classes. Students who are advised to participate in assessment and orientation will be notified at the time their application is submitted. Students who are not advised to participate are encouraged to take advantage of an assessment session for assistance in selecting courses. The assessment process is described further under “Matriculation Services” above.

Continuing Students

Continuing students are those who have been registered during the previous semester (including or excluding summer). Continuing students need not file an application. Continuing students may view their assigned registration time at the MySite web portal. Registration times are determined by the number of units the student has completed within the South Orange County Community College District. Those who have already completed more than 80 units are given appointments toward the end of registration. Consult the Admissions and Records website at www.saddleback.edu/admissions for the most recent registration information.

Enrollment Priorities

The South Orange County Community College District has established the following enrollment priority order when issuing registration times for students:

Priority - student groups legislated to receive priority registration, as well as SOCCCD board-approved groups designated as priority.

First-time Freshmen - students enrolled for the first time in college after completing high school or its equivalent. Registra- tion times are based on the date the student completed their assessment, orientation, and academic plan (Matriculation). Earlier completers receive an earlier registration time. This category only applies for the Fall and Spring semesters, not the summer session.

Continuing - continuing students in good academic standing with less than 100 completed units (not including basic skills) in the South Orange County Community College District. Registration times are assigned in descending order by completed units.

New/Returning - students who have never enrolled in the district or are returning after one or more semesters of nonattendance. Registration times are assigned based on the date of application i.e. earlier applicants receive an earlier registration time.

Emeritus - students in good standing who are enrolled only in Emeritus Institute classes

Low Priority - students who meet any of the following conditions:

  • are required to complete matriculation but have not by the designated deadline date
  • have a non-qualifying educational goal
  • are on academic and/or progress probation for two consecutive semesters
  • have completed 100 or more degree applicable units district-wide (not including basic skills)

High School - students concurrently enrolled in high school.

NOTE: New and Returning students are required to complete assessment, orientation, and an academic plan prior to the designated deadline in order to be eligible for the following groups: Priority, First-time Freshmen, or New/Returning.

Challenges to assigned registration times may be filed by appeal with the Office of Admissions and Records. Appeals are considered under very narrow circumstances and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Consult the Office of Admissions and Records for information about the challenge process.

Maintaining Student Contact Information

It is important for students to maintain current contact information, including the phone number and address in their college record. Information may be updated through the student’s MySite account under “My Information.” If the post office reports a forwarding address that the student has filed, the college records will automatically be updated to reflect that change.

Student Status:

Part-time: Student taking fewer than 12 units

Full-time: Student taking 12 or more units

Freshman/First year standing: Student who has completed fewer than 30 units.

Sophomore: Student who has completed 30 or more units

Graduate: Student who has been awarded the Associate in Arts or Science degree or a higher degree by a regionally accredited college.

Repeating Courses

(Also see Academic Regulations  and Announcement of Courses sections of this catalog)

The number of repetitions allowed for each course is listed in the college catalog following the course description. Students may not exceed the number of course repeatability as determined by state regulations except in very narrow circumstances. Students registering in a course not identified as repeatable or repeating a course more often than permissible will be withdrawn from the course.

Adding Courses

Students may add open classes through the day prior to the start day of the class. Once the class has started or has become full, students must request permission to add the course from the instructor. If permission is given, an Add Permit code (APC) will be issued. Students are required to add the course on-line or in-person by the Last Day to Add as noted on the Add Permit Code form. Payment is required at the time of enrollment. Students who miss the deadline to add are encouraged to enroll in late-starting classes.

Withdrawal From Courses

It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from courses for refund purposes and to avoid receiving a substandard grade. Students are limited to a total of three withdrawals in a given course. Students may withdraw from courses online through MySite.

Although it is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from courses, instructors have the authority to drop students who miss the first class meeting.

Deadlines for Dropping or Withdrawing from Classes

In accordance with state regulations, the deadlines for grading purposes are as follows:

  • 20 percent of the course based on ticket number-drop without a “W” on the transcript
  • 65 percent of the course based on ticket number-drop with a grade of “W” on the transcript

It is the student’s responsibility to consult the online class schedule for specific course deadlines as they may vary.

NOTE: Only student initiated or instructor drops completed prior to the refund deadline are eligible for refund consideration. (See Student Fees/Refunds/Credits for further information regarding refunds.

Financial Aid recipients see the Financial Aid section of the catalog regarding Title IV repayment policy.