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Matriculation is a continuing process which assists the student in planning, choosing
and successfully achieving his/her educational and career goals. Matriculation is
a partnership between the student and the community college. There are mutual
responsibilities for both partners.

Who Participates
Matriculation is a right afforded to all students who enroll at Golden West College.
Students who fully matriculate have been shown by research to have an 84%
persistence rate; those who do not, a 33% persistence rate. Matriculation
is providedto improve student success. Therefore, all students entering the college are expected to participate in matriculation services.

Golden West College Will Provide:

Step 1. — ADMISSION:
The application is required for admission to the college.

Transcripts – Official college transcripts are required for (1) and (2) below.

  1. Students who plan to graduate or complete a certificate at Golden West College
  2. Veterans collecting educational benefits.
  3. Students needing to show completion of course prerequisites (personal copies are acceptable).

High school transcripts are required for students under the age of 21. Special postcards are available in the Enrollment Center to assist you in ordering your transcripts.

Students should make appointments for Placement Testing (English, English as a Second Language, Reading, Study Skills, and Math) at the Assessment Center (714) 895-8388. Assessment website.

Students should make appointments for an Academic Advisement Session by turning in the Request Form in the Counseling Office. A First Semester Plan is completed during the session. Space is limited. Students who have completed more than 15 units at any college and/or need more information may call (714) 895-8799.


  1. Permit to Register
  2. Placement Test Scores
  3. First Semester Plan
  4. Verification of Prerequisites

The Student Will:


Some students may be exempted from assessment, advisement/orientation and counseling if they meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Completed an A.A. degree or higher at an accredited United States college or university.
  2. Completed 30 or more units at an accredited United States college or university.
  3. Completed 15 or more units with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher along with official evidence of one of the following:
    • Verified completion of college level course work in English, writing and mathematics (Intermediate Algebra or higher) with a grade of “C” or better.
    • Evaluation of learning skills (placement testing) from a California Community College within the last two years.
    • A score of 3, 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination in English Composition.
    • A passing Score on the California State University English Equivalency Examination.
  4. Enrolling in a single one-semester, specialized job training course which is more than 6 units.
  5. Concurrently enrolled K - 12th grade school student attending with the recommendation of the school principal.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

All students have the right to challenge or appeal any step in the matriculation process. Forms are available in the Enrollment Center for this purpose. A student who feels that his/ her right to matriculation services has been violated may file a grievance with the Vice President of Student Services. Also, students who refuse matriculation services will not receive priority registration.

It is the student’s responsibility to express a broad educational intent upon admission and to declare a specific educational goal by the time 15 units are completed. The student is also responsible for participating in counseling, attending class, completing assignments, and maintaining progress toward an educational goal.