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Steps to Become an IVC Student

New students must complete the following steps in order to become an IVC student and register for classes.

There are eight important steps. Completing these steps can take 3-4 weeks, so plan ahead and complete the following steps in order:

STEP 1: Apply for Admission

If you are 18 years or older, or a high school graduate, or have never attended IVC, or have been away from IVC for one semester, you must complete the IVC California Community College application online.

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STEP 2: Complete Guided Self Placement (Matriculation Part 1)

Once you complete the IVC application process, you will receive an email with your IVC student ID number. Your student ID number, along with the PIN you created when you applied, will be your login credentials into MySite, a website you will use frequently as an IVC student.

In order to complete your math and English placements, you will need to log into MySite and complete the Guided Self Placement, which can be found at My Information Matriculation Guided Self Placement.

The math and English/ESL guided self-placement surveys must be completed in order to complete this step.

Note: If you have a disability that might require assessment accommodations, please contact the DSPS office via email or call 949-451-5630 for alternative testing arrangements.

STEP 3: Submit Official High School Transcripts (Matriculation Part 2)  

High school transcripts are an essential component for proper placement in courses, and are highly encouraged to be submitted for placement consideration.


Students can order their official transcript online from their high school website and have it sent to IVC.
(NOTE: Please allow 3-5 business days for receipt, review, and processing).

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Students who completed high school 10 or more years ago, or who are unable to access their high school transcript, can complete the math and English surveys in Step 2 for placement into transfer-level math and English courses.

STEP 4: Attend Advisement (Matriculation Part 3)  

Once your placement results for English/ESL and math are available in MySite, you may complete advisement. Advisement sessions can be completed in-person with a counselor at IVC or self-paced online.

During advisement sessions, you can expect to learn about:

  • Your assessment results and course placement
  • IVC's course sequence in math and English/ESL
  • Strategies for balancing school and other personal commitments
  • Certificate and degree requirements and transfer options
  • How MySite and the online enrollment process work

To sign up for an in-person advisement, click here

For online self-paced advisement, log in to MySite, click on My Information  Matriculation  Online Advisement.

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STEP 5: Develop a First Semester Plan (Matriculation Part 4)  

After completing advisement and receiving your math and English/ESL placements, you will be ready to develop a First Semester Plan, which is a set of courses that should be taken in your first semester of college in order to reach your educational goals. First Semester Plans can be completed online or through an in-person advisement session with a counselor.

To sign up for an in-person advisement, click here

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STEP 6: Complete Orientation (Matriculation Part 5)

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 student. Orientation can be completed online or through in-person group sessions.

During orientation, you can expect to learn about:

  • Academic expectations
  • Descriptions of available programs, support services, and campus resources
  • Academic calendar and important dates and deadlines
  • Registration and college fees
  • Other college-specific issues, policies, and procedures

To sign up for an in-person orientation, click here

For online self-paced orientation, log in to MySite, click on My Information  Matriculation  Online Orientation.

STEP 7: Complete FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application

IVC awards over $20 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. To be considered for financial aid at IVC, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (if you’re an AB 540 student, complete the California Dream Application instead). For additional information, visit the Financial Aid website or call the Financial Aid office at 949-451-5287.

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STEP 8: Register for Classes

Every student who has applied and completed the Steps to Becoming a Student at IVC (if applicable) will be given a registration date and time. Your registration date and time will tell you when you can access our Online Registration and begin signing up for classes. You may register online at or after your designated time, but not before your date and time.

Lookup Your Registration Date
You may view your registration date in MySite by following these steps:

  • Login to MySite and go to the "My Information" tab
  • Click on "Appointments"
  • Select the appropriate term and your registration date will appear

For a list of upcoming dates, please visit Registration Dates.

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Check Status of Becoming an IVC Student

Check Status of Becoming an IVC StudentYou will not be able to register for classes unless all matriculation steps (Steps 1-6) are completed. You can view your completion progress at any time by logging in to MySite. Check your status to make sure all the necessary components are completed. For more information, please visit Check Matriculation Status.

Exemption from Completing the Steps

While completing this list of steps is highly recommended, the following students are exempted from completing them. Students who are exempted include:

  • Students currently enrolled in grade K-12,
  • Students currently enrolled at a four-year college or university while taking IVC classes toward their bachelor’s degree,
  • Students taking IVC classes to maintain a professional license, or
  • Students who have earned an associate degree or higher.

Exempt students in this category will receive a Level 3 or Level 4 registration priority.

After submitting an application you will receive a welcome email from IVC. The email will indicate if the Matriculation steps are required or not required. Please contact a Senior Matriculation Specialist at 949-451-5315 if you are being asked to complete these steps but fall into one of the exempt categories.