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Matriculation Guide to Student Registration

Matriculation refers to the services Merced College provides you from your point of entry through the completion of your program of study. The State of California mandated matriculation services are the orientation and tour, admission, assessment, counseling and advisement (including educational study plan), and follow up and referral. Since the intent of these services is to increase your opportunity for success in your academic pursuits, you are strongly encouraged to become a matriculated student unless you meet the exemption criteria or formally refuse one or more service.

Within the State Matriculation Plan, Merced College provides an admissions process; an assessment of basic educational skills and career goals; pre-enrollment counseling/advising and course selection; an orientation to college programs, services, and procedures; a suitable curriculum or program of courses; quality instruction; and continuous follow-up on student progress with referral to support services when needed.

As part of the Matriculation Plan, students agree to express a broad educational intent at the time of admission; declare a specific educational objective within a reasonable period of enrollment; complete the placement test or other assessments; confer with counselors for registration approval and discussion of educational and vocational choices; attend classes (including orientation) and complete assigned course work; seek out support services as needed; and complete courses and maintain progress toward an educational goal.

You are a Matriculated Student if you have fewer than 15 units at Merced College, have completed the matriculation orientation and tour, assessment process, and have met with a counselor or you have completed an Educational/Study Plan.

You are an Exempted Student if you have an AA/AS or higher degree or have completed CSU transfer-level English and math courses (and can provide documentation). As an exempted student, you are not required to participate in any matriculation service. However, you may participate in any or all of these services if you choose to do so.

To become a matriculated student, you must complete the following three matriculation services. To begin the matriculation process, schedule an appointment at the appointment desk in the Administration Building lobby or call 384-6000 for

  • A tour and orientation
  • Assessment; and
  • Counseling.

Los Banos students, call 826-3495. Note: Please identify any special needs accommodations required when you make any of the above appointments.
Following the orientation and tour, you must:

  • Submit the Admissions Application (which you will complete at the matriculation orientation) to the Admissions and Records Office in the Lesher Student Services Center, obtain registration materials, and receive your student identification card (ID).
  • Complete your assessment testing. Your student ID card is required.
  • Bring your assessment information and high school and/or other college transcripts to meet with your counselor in Guidance.
  • Register for classes beginning May 19, 2008 at the Registration counter in Admissions and Records.
  • Pay fees, according to the fee payment schedule in place at the time you register, at the Student Fees Office in the Lesher Student Services Center.

You have a right to refuse matriculation services. If you choose to do so, you must complete and sign a Matriculation Refusal Form. This form is available in the Lesher Student Services Center, Guidance Area,  Admissions, and the Matriculation Coordinator. If you refuse the matriculation process you will not be able to register for classes until the last priority group. Note: If you refuse services, you always have the opportunity to take advantage of the services at a later date.

Updated - April 18, 2008