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Matriculation is a state-mandated program that enhances access to the California Community Colleges and promotes and sustains the efforts of students to be successful in their educational endeavors. The goals of matriculation are to ensure that all students complete their college courses, persist to the next academic term, and achieve their educational objectives.

Matriculation at San Diego Mesa College continues to provide students with easy access to the college's programs and services. There are several components. These are services provided directly to students and intended to provide equitable possibilities of student success.

Step 1: Admissions

Step 2: Orientation Session

Step 3: Testing Session - English and Math Placement Tests

Step 4: Program Planning

Step 5: Educational Plan Development

1. Admissions

Fill out an application to San Diego Mesa College available online at:

We recommend having official transcripts from other institutions and test scores sent to:

San Diego Community College District
Records Office
3375 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108-3883

Submission of transcripts from other institutions will allow counselors to assist you more effectively, in addition to clearing prerequisites as necessary.

After submission of official transcripts from other institutions, students need to request a student record adjustment through the counseling office.

2. Orientation

Prior to taking the English and Math placement tests, you will receive a thorough orientation to San Diego Mesa College's programs, services and facilities through the Online Orientation.

You may access the Orientation at any time by using the following information. Please note, this is a generic login for any student, and is not in any way associated with your own personal information. Please contact the Testing Office with any questions, or if you are having difficulty logging in.

The orientation will take approximately fifteen to thirty minutes to complete after which you will be able to take your placement tests.

It will remain available to you for follow-up visits and reference.

At the end of the orientation, print the Orientation Learning Outcomes Form. Once you have finished the orientation, submit this form to the Testing Office staff in order to begin the assessment of your English and/or Math skills.

The Online Orientation will cover essential information that will prepare students for their transition to San Diego Mesa College.

The Online Orientation addresses the following:

  • Information that helps students navigate through the admissions and registration process
  • An introduction to college resources, programs, and services
  • Ideas that help students succeed in college
  • An overview of college regulations, as well as students' rights and responsibilities (Policy 3100)
  • Math and English Placement Results
  • Information on online resources, first semester planning, and registration

3. Testing

Students will receive a fair and accurate assessment of their current skill levels in English and mathematics.

Matriculation requires that all new students be tested in basic skills if they are planning to pursue any of the following educational goals.

  • Transfer to a four-year institution
  • Earn a degree or certificate
  • Enroll in basic English, mathematics, and/other courses with English and math prerequisites
  • Or are undecided about their educational goal

Students are exempt from the English and Math placement tests if they have earned an Associate in Arts degree or higher or have completed English and math courses, or have received a qualifying score on the College Board Advanced Placement English Exam, SAT, ACT or EAP received within the past two years. Please contact the Testing Office if you feel you may have satisfied the testing requirement.

Test Minimum Score Required
SAT - ENGL 500
SAT - MATH 560

The testing session will help determine which English and math classes you are prepared to take. Prepare by reviewing sample test questions available online at:

Sample Tests or visit the testing office located in I4-201.

4. Program Planning

A comprehensive counseling and advising program then assists you in establishing your educational goals and identifies support services to achieve your goal.

The First Semester Planning Workshop is provided online to assist students with developing a first semester advisement plan. Students will receive a general overview of college resources and learn how to interpret their English and Math Placement Test results.

Upon completion of your testing session, you will be given a worksheet to assist you during the First Semester Planning Workshop. The worksheet should be completed as you watch the online workshop, and should be returned to the Testing Office within 7 to 10 business days. Completion of this worksheet serves as the final step to your Matriculation process, and can grant you priority enrollment for subsequent semesters.

The worksheet is available here.


Finally, there is an aggressive follow-up program to monitor your progress toward your educational goals. Students encountering academic difficulties are referred to appropriate college services by counselor and instructor intervention and follow-up activities. Make sure to check your own progress to ensure success by being aware of areas where you might be experiencing difficulties. Seek help and use all student support services when necessary. Visit the Counseling Office if you need further assistance and information.

After completing the orientation session, we highly recommend that students follow-up with a counselor to ensure that they are following the path needed to meet their educational and career goals.

Congratulations as you start your college career at San Diego Mesa College!

5. Educational Plan Development

Counselors are available to assist students with course planning and educational plan development. Make an appointment to meet with a counselor to design a student educational plan outlining the course requirements for your specific program of interest. Periodic updating of this plan is encouraged to ensure that students are receiving the most current information. Contact the Counseling Office at (619) 388-2672 to arrange an appointment