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Freshman Advantage Program
Application Process has begun! Seniors attending Saddleback College in Fall 2021 need to complete the Freshman Advantage process no later than April 16th, 2021 to earn Priority RegistrationTake advantage of this opportunity and find detailed instructions


Freshman Advantage Program
The Freshman Advantage Program is designed specifically for high school seniors planning to attend IVC in the Fall 2021.
  • This program offers high school seniors the opportunity to apply early, receive an early registration time and enroll in their classes before most currently enrolled IVC students!
  • The early application period for Fall 2021 opens October 1, 2021.
  • The early application period is only open to graduating high school seniors, so complete the early admissions process early for the best registration time.
STEP 1: Apply for Admission to IVC
STEP 2: Apply for financial aid (not mandatory, but highly encouraged). Each year IVC awards over $10 million in financial aid annually.
STEP 3: Complete orientation
STEP 4: Complete assessment
STEP 5: Complete advisement
  • Don’t wait. You must complete the entire admissions process by April 16th, 2021 in order to receive your Freshman Advantage Early Registration time. Plan ahead; the admission steps may take 3-4 weeks to complete.
California Community Colleges

California Community Colleges

It is the recommendation of the CVHS Guidance Office that any student who plans to attend a community college should meet with their Academic Advisor to establish goals and complete a plan of action to meet those goals.  It is also recommended that a student meet with a counselor at the community college upon matriculation to discuss goals for completing certifiicate programs, competing an Associates Degree, or participating in the TRANSFER program to a four year university.

Who Can Attend A Community College?

A community college is a good choice for anyone who may want to attend a four-year school later but who is not yet academically, personally or economically ready to begin study at a univeristy.  To be eligible to attend a community college, one must be 18 years of age, or possess a high school diploma.  In the California Community Colleges, you can work toward an associate (two-year) degree in hundreds of academic and technical fields (which will enable you to transfer to a college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree); or, you can complete a one - or two-year training or certificate program in a choice of occupational fields, various health professions, and/or high-technology job fields.

What If I Want to Pursue a Four-year Bachelor's Degree but attend a Community College First?

All community colleges offer courses that meet the lower-division (first two years) of a four-year college or university.  Counselors in transfer centers and couseling offices at the community colleges can help you plan your community college program to make sure that the courses you select are transferrable.  You should also check the requirements of the college or university to which you plan to transfer, especially in your major subject.  Many community colleges offer written tranfer guarantee programs to specific universities.  This information can be found in the community college transfer center or counseling center.

Career Education Vocational Programs

The California Community Colleges can help students get the training needed to qualify for a well-paying job with room for advancement.  Career education vocational programs are offered in hundreds of areas that employers need.  Areas of vocational (occupational) education include health occupations, electronics and computer sciences, business and finance, agriculture and industrial trades, and many others.  Community colleges have up-to-date equipment and facilities and vocational instructors who are experts in their fields.  Depending on the occupation you select, training may take from six months to two years.  Associate degrees and certificates (shorter-term) programs are available in many fields.