New Student Orientation - FAQs



Do I have to attend New Student Orientation?

Yes, all students who are new to college and degree-seeking are required to attend New Student Orientation.

But I am a concurrent student, do I still have to attend?

Concurrent seniors who are graduating in May 2018 and attending TCC in the summer/fall 2018 are required to attend a New Student Orientation session. Concurrent students who are not yet graduating, do not need to attend New Student Orientation.

Can I register for classes before New Student Orientation?

No, all new degree-seeking students have an Advising and NSO hold that will be removed before you enroll in classes at New Student Orientation.

What do I need to bring to New Student Orientation?

A government issued photo ID such as a driver's license or passport is required for check-in. ACT, SAT, or placement test scores are required for course placement. If you have not previously submitted these scores to TCC, please bring them to your NSO session.

What will I do in New Student Orientation?

During your session, you will be provided valuable information about TCC and preparing to start right in school. You will be introduced to college resources, meet one-on-one with an academic advisor, and meet other new students. You will learn about your major or program of study and will register for your first classes.

Can I bring a guest?

Yes! We welcome guests at New Student Orientation and even have a special Family Orientation session for them to attend. To accommodate everyone, we ask that you limit to one guest. We do not provide childcare.

Will I be able to register for classes at New Student Orientation?

Yes, will meet with an academic advisor, review your intended major and your degree plan so you will know what classes to choose. Then you will enroll in your classes.

How long is New Student Orientation?

The entire session will last approximately 4 hours.

Can I come in late or leave early if I have to work, have a doctor’s appointment, etc.?

No, if you happen to arrive late or leave before the completion of your orientation session, your holds will remain and it will be necessary to register for another session. It is important to arrive on time for check in, and stay in attendance for the entire session.

I cannot make my scheduled New Student Orientation session; can I reschedule?

Yes. However, 24-48 hours is preferred so we have an accurate count of registered students. To change sessions, email and include the session you are unable to attend. Then you can return to the NSO page to register for a new session.

My financial aid, residency, or transcripts are not up to date/on file, how can I take care of this?

If you just need to turn in a missing document, we can accept it at orientation when you check-in. We have representatives on campus to discuss these concerns during our hours of operation. If you need to speak with any office on campus, make sure to arrive in enough time to visit the office prior to the start of your orientation session.

Can I do an online Orientation?

While we prefer our students attend an in-person New Student Orientation session, we do realize that this may not be possible for all students. If you have a circumstance that prohibits you from attending in person, please contact us at

I haven’t taken an ACT or SAT, can I still attend New Student Orientation?

Yes, however you will need to take TCC’s placement test before attending New Student Orientation. Visit Academic Advising on any campus to obtain a test referral.