Student Success and Support Program: 

Matriculation Steps to Success

The Student Success and Support Program (formerly known as Matriculation) facilitates the delivery of services that helps students reach their educational objectives in a reasonable amount of time, while keeping them on track along the way.Participation in each step of the matriculation process will assist the student in identifying, planning, and achieving their educational and career goals.

The Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) works with other programs and services to ensure that all students complete their college courses, persist to the next academic term, and achieve their educational objectives through the assistance provided by completion of the matriculation process components: admissions, orientation, assessment/placement, counseling and student follow-up. For more information on how to begin the process, please see the  Steps to Enrollment Brochure.


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

  1. Assessment for math and English course placement
  2. Orientation to college
  3. Educational planning ("Education Plans")


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 - You may complete your admissions application online with the assistance of a multilingual staff in the Student Assistance Center (AD 105). The staff is also able to assist you by providing general campus information with support and referrals.                                                                                                                                     
    • ASSESSMENT- You will take a basic skills assessment in reading comprehension, writing, sentence skills, and mathematics to help you select courses that are appropriate for you. You can schedule an assessment appointment online or in person at the Assessment/Matriculation Office (AD103). 
    • ORIENTATION - An introduction to campus resources, support services and college programs is provided in the campus orientation. This introduction will assist you in making better educational choices, as well as more informed decisions about your academic career. You can schedule an appointment for an orientation session online or in person at the Assessment/Matriculation Office (AD 103).  
    • COUNSELING - All matriculating students should attend an advisement session conducted by a counselor to develop a Student Educational Plan (SEP). This plan outlines exactly what courses are needed to meet an educational goal. The counselors also provide referrals to appropriate student services and career planning. Undecided students are encouraged to register for a counseling class (Personal Development 40 or 20) taught by a counselor. You can schedule a counseling appointment online or in person at the Assessment/Matriculation Office (AD 103).  
    • FOLLOW-UP - After enrolling for the first semester, students will continue to receive follow-up services through the Counseling Department, the Early Alert program and probation monitoring. These services will assist students with regular evaluation of their progress by helping them to plan programs for each semester in preparation for transfer and/or toward earning an Associate degree or certificate. Also, these services provide necessary interventions to assist students with completing their courses, persisting to the next academic term and ultimately achieving their educational objectives. For example, the Early Alert program provides instructors with a method for identifying and contacting students that are encountering academic difficulty throughout the semester. 



  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 (AD 103),  the Student Assistance Center (AD 105) or the Admissions Office (AD 100).


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.