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Application Guidelines

To qualify for Freshman Advantage, select the Fall 2019 term in your application, select an Entry Level as a “first-time college student (after high school),” and enter your full Graduation Date in 2018 (mm/dd/yyyy). Future correspondence from IVC will be sent to the email address you provided in your application.

Complete the following steps in order:

Step 2: Submit Transcripts

Students must electronically submit their high school transcripts showing successful completion of math and English courses through the 11th grade. Students who have completed coursework with a grade of C or better at another accredited US college may electronically submit their transcript for math and/or English placement consideration. Students may also submit AP exam scores (in English composition and/or calculus) with a score of 3 or higher. Contact your high school or college for details on how to submit your transcripts to Irvine Valley College. If necessary, bring your physical transcripts to orientation.

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

IVC awards over $19 million annually to more than 8,000 students. The overall cost of full-time attendance at a California community college for a full-time student living with parents is over $12,000. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at, or the California Dream Application for AB 540 students at For additional information, visit or contact the Financial Aid Office at 949-451-5287.

Step 4: Orientation

Orientation will provide you with important information about English and math placement, terminology, policies, available services and the college's expectations of you as a college student. For more information, visit the Matriculation website.

If English is not your first language, visit ESL Matriculation Reservation web page to sign up for the ESL Assessment. Once you complete the ESL assessment, you may complete orientation. For more information, visit the Matriculation website.

NOTE: If you have a disability that might require ESL assessment accommodations and/or an alternate media format, such as enlargement or Braille, or a disability-related difficulty with math, reading, writing, spelling, or with understanding/remembering information, please contact the DSPS Office in the Student Services Center or call 949-451-5630 for alternative testing arrangements.

Step 5: Advisement/First Semester Plan

Once your placement results for English/ESL and math are available in MySite, you may complete advisement and develop your first semester academic plan. More information can be found at Matriculation Advisement webpage.

You must complete these steps before Friday April 12, 2019 to receive your Freshman Advantage Registration Time. The Freshman Advantage Registration Time will allow you to enroll in your classes before most current IVC students.


T:  949-451-5220
O: Student Services Center

Regular Office Hours

Summer Office Hours
(May 28 - August 9)

Monday:​  9 am - 6 pm​
​Tuesday: ​ 9 am - 6 pm
​Wednesday: ​ 9 am - 6 pm
​Thursday:  9 am - 6 pm
​Friday: ​ Closed

IVC Matriculation Guidebook

Download the IVC Matriculation Guidebook to receive detailed information about the program.

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