Priority Enrollment

Online Orientation & Advisement (Matriculation)

MiraCosta College wants you to achieve your educational goals. The matriculation process starts you on the right path and keeps you going with the information you need to arrive at your educational destination. Read more about matriculation (including exemptions) on our Testing Services website. Matriculation includes the following components:

We provide online formats for both Orientation and Advisement where you view, read, and listen to audio narrated presentations through your SURF account. Persons with disabilities may request alternative methods of presentation by calling 760.795.6658.

How to Matriculate (in four easy steps)

Step 1: Apply

Apply for Admission. Submit your application to receive a student SURF ID and password. If you are a returning MiraCosta student, you must reapply if you have not been in attendance during the preceding Fall or Spring semester.

Step 2: Assessment

Assessment. Visit Testing Services to complete your English and math placement tests. These may be taken at either campus. Visit the testing web site to learn how to be exempt from the testing process by using course work or assessment results from other colleges.

Step 3: Orientation

View the Online Orientation presentation and complete the quiz at the end to receive credit for this portion of matriculation. You may view this presentation as many times as you like. If you do not need credit for viewing our orientation, do not submit the quiz at the end. Do not forget to also complete Advisement. Read the Technical Requirements section before viewing the presentation.

Directions to complete the Orientation:

Step 4: Advisement

View the Online Advisement presentation and complete the quiz at the end to receive credit for this portion of matriculation. Review the Transfer Advisement if you plan to transfer to another institution to complete your educational goals (i.e., transfer to get your Bachelor's Degree). Review the Associate Degree and Career Technical Education Advisement if you plan to complete your educational goals at MiraCosta (i.e., earn a Certificate or an Associate of Arts Degree). You may review both Advisement sessions if you desire, but you only need to complete one Advisement session and only submit one quiz for credit. You may view these presentations as many times as you like. If you do not need credit for viewing our advisement, do not submit the quiz at the end. Do not forget to also complete Orientation. Read the Technical Requirements section before viewing the presentations.

Directions to complete the Advisement:

*Additional Advisement Clearance: Students can meet with a Counselor to create an abbreviated education plan or complete group counseling through ECAP sessions where students also receive abbreviated education plans.*

Maintaining Priority Enrollment

In order to maintain priority enrollment following a second semester, the student must complete a comprehensive education plan with a counselor. Please be advised, all official transcripts should be electronically submitted and may require evaluation by Admissions and Records prior to scheduling a comprehensive education plan appointment. Please contact the Counseling Department to schedule a comprehensive education plan appointment by calling 760-795-6670.

Technical Requirements