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Admissions & Records:

Admission to Irvine Valley College

At IVC, our vision is to create a community that promotes inquiry, intellectual curiosity, personal growth and a life-long appreciation for the power of learning. Admissions and Records staff prepares students to be successful learners. The Admissions and Records staff thank you for choosing IVC and we are here to help you meet your educational goals.

What are the steps to becoming an IVC Student?

Our Student Success Plan has five important steps. Completing these steps can take 3-4 weeks so plan ahead and complete the following steps in order:

  • 1. Apply for Admission
  • 2. Apply for Financial Aid
    • Financial aid is money that helps you pay for the cost of your education (college fees, books and supplies, and basic living expenses). Sources of financial aid include the federal government, state governments, lending institutions, and the institution you are attending. IVC awards over $17 million in financial aid annually. | Visit Financial Aid

  • 3. Complete Assessment
    • Assessment measures your skills in English comprehension, reading and math. The scores from the Assessments are used for course placement in math, English and English as a Second Language. PREPARING in ADVANCE for the assessment can save you time and money. Failing to prepare could place you into course one to two levels (semesters) below your actual knowledge and skills. IVC faculty has created review material specifically designed for preparing for the assessment.

      Assessments are offered by appointment at IVC. Also, assessments are offered at select high schools. You may not take the assessment test until you have applied for admission. For study questions and assessment schedule: Visit Assessment Overview​ 

  • 4. Complete Advisement and Develop a First Semester Plan
    • Advisement may be completed online or group in person sessions. You may not complete Advisement until you have applied for admission, completed Orientation and Assessment. | Visit Advisement

  • 5. Complete Online Orientation
    • Orientation is an important opportunity for you to become familiar with the terminology and expectations for attending college. You must apply for admission before completing orientation.

Applying to IVC

Irvine Valley College is one of two colleges in the South Orange County Community College District which also includes Saddleback College. You may only apply to one college. So apply for admission to the college where you wish to receive support services such as financial aid and counseling, and where you plan to complete your educational goal. You will be required to complete all the admission steps at the college where you submit your admission application. If you would like to apply to Saddleback College, please visit their website at for more information.

Who must apply to IVC?

Who may apply for admission to IVC?

You are eligible apply for admission at IVC if you:

  • Individuals who possess a High School Diploma, High School Proficiency Exam or GED (official high school transcripts may be required)
  • Individuals who did not graduate from high school, but 18 years of age who may benefit from instruction
  • Eligible K-12 students who are concurrently enrolled in grades K-12 and who have satisfied admissions criteria. 

When can I apply to IVC? 

Summer Session ​February 1
​Fall Semester ​February  1
​Spring Semester August  1

International Students should review our International Student Requirements for application deadlines.


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