All students applying to Taft College are encouraged to
participate in all aspects of the Collegeís programs and services, in
particular Matriculation. To help you determine if you need to
matriculate, answer the following questions:
- Do you plan to obtain a degree or certificate at some time?
- Do you plan to take math or English courses?
- Do you want some guidance or help developing an education plan?
- Do you plan to take over 8 units per semester?
- Do you plan to apply for financial aid?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you should
If you simply want to take courses for your own personal
enrichment or you are taking one or more courses for transfer to another
college, you do not need to matriculate.
- Matriculating Students complete STEPS 1 - 8
- Continuing or Former Matriculating Students complete STEPS 1, 6,
7, & 8
- Personal Enrichment Students complete STEPS 1, 6, 7, & 8
Step 1: Admissions (for all students)
||- Note: this link will open a new window. To return to this page, close
out the Online Application window after you have submitted the
application and printed your signature page.
All non-matriculating students may skip to the
registration step below, Step 6.
Step 2: Orientation (for matriculating students only)
Orientation is designed to provide students with basic
information regarding Taft Collegeís programs, processes, and services.
The orientation process can be completed by:
- attending the on-campus orientation,
- or by viewing the following:
Video 11 minutes in length (uses Windows Media Player)
- To complete the Matriculation process, please contact the
Counseling Center at 661-763-7748 to schedule an appointment
with a counselor or advisor
Step 3: Assessment (for
matriculating students or those
wishing to enroll in math or English
New students pursuing a degree or certificate or who
wish to enroll in classes with math or English prerequisites are
strongly encouraged to complete assessment testing. Students who can
provide documentation of previously completed math or English coursework
may be exempt from assessment testing. Previous college assessment test
scores are acceptable if placement recommendations accompany the scores.
Copies of grade reports, transcripts, or test scores will be required to
enroll in courses with prerequisites. Students may complete the
Assessment step by one of the following:
Step 4: Transcripts (matriculating students only)
All applicants are required to submit official
transcripts of all college work. Students that have completed less
than 12 units of college work must submit an official high school
transcript, official GED, or official High School Proficiency or
Equivalency certificate. Students that have completed 12 units or
more of college work must show proof of graduation, High School
Proficiency or Equivalency certificate, or GED. Proof may be
Students who wish to receive credit for courses taken at a foreign
institution must have their transcripts evaluated by one of the following
- World Education Services (WES)-
- Educational Records Evaluations Services (ERES)-
- Academic & Professional International Evaluations, Inc. (APIE)-
Fees vary per agency and by services requested. For additional
information contact the Admissions Technician.
Step 5: Counseling/Advisement
(for matriculating students only)
- Academic Counseling and/or Advisement
After completing the above steps, you need to schedule
an advisement appointment with a counselor or academic advisor.
Appointments can be in person or by telephone. A number of activities
will take place during this session. The counselor/advisor will review
your assessment test scores and prior academic history and assist you in
selecting a course load appropriate to the skill level and educational
goal you have identified. The counselor/advisor will also assist you in
developing an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to guide you toward the
attainment of that goal. You will be assigned a PIN that will
allow you access to registration and your student records
- Local students or those attending face-to-face classes
as well as remote students need to call
(661) 763-7748 to set up an appointment
Step 6: Registration for
Classes (for all students)
After meeting with your counselor/advisor and/or
receiving your PIN, you are ready to register for classes. The
following are the methods in which you can register. Once that is
completed, be sure to select your method of payment in e-Step #7: Financial
Obligations and order your books and required materials.
Step 7: Financial Obligations (for
Payment of fees is a studentís responsibility. Be sure
to complete this step to find out the deadline for payment of fees. Not
doing so will result in you being dropped from classes.
Step 8: Bookstore (for all students)
Taft College offers a textbook rental program where you
can rent the majority of your textbooks. Many courses also require
workbooks that must be purchased. Books can be picked up in person the
week before classes begin. Check the Bookstore link to see when books
can be ordered online.
Important Note: When picking up your books in person, you must have a
copy of your printed schedule of classes to rent/buy your textbooks.