Student Success and Support Program: 

Matriculation Steps to Success

The purpose of the Student Success and Support Program (formerly known as Matriculation) is to ensure that all credit and noncredit students promptly define their educational and career goals, complete their courses, persist to the next academic term, and achieve their educational objectives in a timely fashion. The goal is that students benefit from comprehensive and integrated delivery of services to increase retention and to provide students with a foundation to support success. 

A first-time student must complete the following 3 core services in order to receive a priority registration appointment for enrollment:

  1. Orientation 
  2. Assessment 
  3. Educational planning

Students must also complete the following by early in their first year at Los Angeles City College:

  • Identify a Career Goal - If you do not have one yet, enroll in a Personal Development class, visit the Career Center or see a counselor in General Counseling
  • Identify an Education Goal - (you want an AA or AS Degree; a Certificate from an occupational program (CTE) and/or you want to transfer to a university)
  • Identify a Course of Study or Major - This will determine what is in your Education Plan.
  • Work with a counselor on a Comprehensive Education Plan when your career and education goal are clear

All students at LACC are required to complete these activities by the end of 15 degree-applicable units (completed) or the end of the 3rd semester of attendance.



    • ADMISSIONS                                                                                                                                   



  1. Express at least a broad educational intent upon admission.
  2. Declare a specific educational goal after completion of 15 semester units at the college.
  3. Meet with a College Counselor to establish a Student Educational Plan within one semester after declaring an educational goal and to review the Educational Plan at least once each semester.
  4. Attend classes regularly and complete assigned course work.
  5. Maintain satisfactory progress toward an educational goal according to standards established by the Los Angeles Community College District and the State of California.
  6. Be familiar with the information in the college catalog and schedule of classes, and know and observe all policies and procedures related to the program of study being pursued.


All first-time students who have declared a goal of earning a certificate, AA, or transferring are subject to Matriculation.



As a student, you may be exempted from matriculation if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Have obtained an AA, BA or higher degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Have completed 30 units or more including English 101 and Mathematics 125 or equivalent courses.
  3. Are enrolling for personal enrichment or recreational purposes without plans of taking more than 15 units of credit classes.

Even if you are not exempted from matriculation you may be exempted from assessment if you meet any of the following criteria:

  1. Have a record of completing English 101 and Mathematics 125 or equivalent courses at a previously attended accredited institution.
  2. Have been assessed with the same or equivalent testing instruments at another accredited institution, and have a record of these test results.


If you are not exempt from matriculation but believe you should be, a waiver is available in the Assessment/Matriculation Office (SS-2F), the Welcome Center (SS-1F), or the Admissions Office (SS-1F).


Matriculation is a campus-wide effort of faculty, administrators, staff and students; however, if for any reason you feel that matriculation interferes with your rights as a student there are forms for appeal that are available in the office of the Vice President of Student Services (AD 207).


  1. Students will perform the necessary steps to enroll in a class.
  2. Students will, upon completion of the assessment process, select courses consistent with the interpretation of their assessment results.
  3. Students will identify and utilize institutional resources to make informed decisions, which lead to the completion of their educational objective.