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.
STEP 2: Complete Math and English/ESL Placement
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.
Both the math and English guided self-placement surveys must be completed in order to complete this step.
If English is not your first language, visit ESL Assessment for more information and to make an assessment appointment.
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 High School Transcripts
High school transcripts are an essential component for proper placement in courses, and are highly encouraged. 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.
Methods of Submitting High School Transcript:
- Email high school transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deliver high school transcript to IVC Admissions and Records
- Submit transcript during in-person orientation and/or advisement
STEP 4: Attend Advisement
Once your placement results for English/ESL and math are available in MySite, you may complete advisement. Advisement sessions can be completed online or through in-person group sessions.
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
You will need to log into MySite in order to complete online advisement, which can be found at My Information → Matriculation → Online Advisement.
Students may attend a group advisement session with an IVC counselor. During this session, a counselor will assist students in creating a First Semester Plan. Visit Advisement Information to sign up for an in-person group advisement.
STEP 5: Develop a First Semester Plan
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 in-person group advisement sessions.
Online First Semester Plan
MySite→My Academic Plan → Create New Plan
In-Person First Semester Plan
Students may attend a group advisement session with an IVC counselor. During this session, a counselor will assist students in creating a First Semester Plan. Visit Advisement Information to sign up for an in-person group advisement session to develop a First Semester Plan.
STEP 6: Complete 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 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
You will need to log into MySite in order to complete the online orientation, which can be found at My Information → Matriculation → Online Orientation.
In Person Orientation
Students may attend a group orientation session led by IVC staff. Log into the Orientation Appointment System to sign up for an in-person group orientation.
STEP 7: Complete FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application
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. 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.
STEP 8: Register for Classes
Once you have completed all seven steps listed above, you are ready to register for classes. It is important to register for classes during your scheduled registration date and time. You must log in to MySite to view your registration appointment and/or to add/drop classes at My Classes → Add/Drop Classes.
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.
Please contact the Senior Matriculation Specialists at 949-451-5220 if you are being asked to complete these steps but fall into one of the exempt categories.