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Matriculation is a process to help each student in achieving their educational goal.  The matriculation process includes services throughout the entire educational experience including:

  • Admissions
  • Orientation to college
  • Assessment Tests  to identify which English, math and science courses to select for registration 
  • Advising to interpret test scores, review transcripts to check pre-requisites
  • Counseling to assist with developing an educational plan and selecting courses
  • Academic Probation Student Counseling
  • Early Alert to identify students who are not progressing well academically
  • Matriculation is a partnership between the student and the college to work together until the student's studies are complete.  Students take responsibility for their educational lives which means identifying an educational goal and participating in these services.  Some students are exempt from certain components of the process, but all students are encouraged to participate (*Admission is required of all). 

Who Participates in Matriculation?

Depending on your background and educational goals, you may be exempt from some parts of the matriculation process. The following will help you decide which parts of matriculation apply to you.

Even if you are exempt from a given matriculation component, you may participate in it if you wish.

Students are expected to meet valid and necessary course prerequisites and corequisites. If the prerequisite course was completed at another accredited college, please bring a copy of your transcript (may be unofficial) to Advising (L103) or to a counselor (L104) to clear your prerequisite prior to registration. Submitting official transcripts to the Records Office will not automatically clear your prerequisite. If you believe you have the skills and abilities to succeed in the course even though you have not met the prerequisite, you must file a challenge form.


* All students must file an application with the college. No one is exempt.


Orientation is a valuable experience. You do not need to attend the college orientation if any of the follow describes you:

  • Already have an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited educational institution.
  • Are currently enrolled at a four year college or university.
  • Are currently enrolled in the 12th grade or below AND will enroll in nine or fewer units at PCC.
  • Have an educational goal of "educational development/personal development/interest" AND will enroll in six or fewer units.
  • Were in attendance within the past two semesters.

Counseling and Assessment

If you are in good standing, are not enrolled in precollegiate basic skills courses, are not seeking admission to a selective program, and meet either one of the following criteria, you are exempt from both the counseling/advisement and assessment components:

  • Have a bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited educational institution; or
  • Have an educational goal of "educational development/personal development/ interest" AND enroll in courses with no prerequisites AND enroll in six units or fewer.


Placement testing, one part of the assessment process, may be waived if you have a recent (taken within one year) comparable or equivalent test score which the college accepts.

Prerequisite/Corequisite Enrollment Limitation Challenge Process

A student may file the "Pasadena City College Prerequisite/Corequisite/Enrollment Limitation Challenge," with supporting documentation, if he or she believes one or more of the following:

  • The student has the knowledge or ability to succeed in the course or program despite not meeting the prerequisite or corequisite.
  • The student will be subject to undue delay in attaining his/her educational goal because of the enrollment limitation or because the prerequisite or corequisite course has not been made reasonably available.
  • The prerequisite, corequisite, or limitation on enrollment has not been established in accordance with applicable PCC policies and procedures.
  • The prerequisite or corequisite is in violation of Title 5, Sections 5520055202 of the California Code of Regulations.
  • The prerequisite, corequisite, or enrollment limitation is either unlawfully discriminatory or is being applied in an unlawfully discriminatory manner.

The Prerequisite Challenge form is available online, in the Counseling Office (room L104) or the Prerequisite Office (L103D), and also available in each Divisional office.

  • The student bears the initial burden of showing that grounds exist for the challenge.
  • The challenge will be resolved in a timely manner, and if it is upheld, the student will be permitted to enroll in the course or program in question, provided that space was available at the time the challenge was filed.
  • It is to the student's advantage to file the form as soon as he or she becomes aware of the alleged grounds for the challenge.
  • The student should review the Challenge form itself for more detailed information and required procedures.

Please submit the form to the Divisional office with the appropriate documentation. Forms received without documentation will be denied. If approved, the Division will clear the prerequisite requirement for 1 term. 

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