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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

All new students must complete an on-campus or online orientation before receiving a Student ID Card or parking permit. The program is designed to acquaint students with the college environment, resources, procedures, and policies. A campus tour will be given by student leaders during the on-campus orientation. Pre-registration for on-campus orientations and campus tours is helpful, but not required.

New Student Orientation Format

New students are encouraged to participate in one of HCC's remote New Student Orientation programs, aimed to ensure you know information needed to maximize your success! Each program will familiarize you with campus resources, college procedures and policies, and college basics.

  • On-Campus New Student Orientation - Ready for some face-to-face connections? There will be three in-person orientation sessions on campus in August. You are welcome to attend whichever session fits your schedule best. Each session will contain general information about campus resources, services, policies, and classroom expectations. In addition, each session will have targeted information for specific groups of students. Reservations are strongly encouraged for these orientation sessions, but not required. Family members are welcome to attend with you. Reserve your seat(s):
    • Wednesday, Aug. 25, 6 – 8 p.m.: for all students, but focused on veterans/military students and adult learners
      Highlights support services for veterans and active military students, tutoring help in the Learning Support Center, navigating online resources, and ways to pay for college
    • Friday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. – noon: for all students, but focused on students taking online and hybrid classes
      Highlights online support services and resources, how to navigate HCC’s website, online class expectations, staying connected to campus
    • Saturday, Aug. 28, 1 – 3 p.m.: for all students, but focused on Middle College students, students just out of high school, and their parents/guardians
      Highlights differences between high school & college classes, campus life, connecting with professors and peers, how to support your new college student.
  • Virtual Orientation – you do this on your own and take as much time as you need going through multiple slides. At the end of the slide show, you will be asked to sign in using your name and HCC student ID#. This orientation is available for completion at any time.
  • Zoom New Student Orientation – these “real time” online 60 minute sessions are for students who want to hear directly from HCC’s Dean of Students, Academic Advising, Learning Support Center and Brish Library staff committed to your success! Upon entering Zoom, you will be sent to a waiting room until the session begins. Please make sure you identify yourself on Zoom by using your first and last name (you will have the option to “rename yourself”); this will be our way of taking attendance. Zoom orientation sessions are recorded; participants are encouraged to turn off video and remain on mute if they are uncomfortable being recorded. Staff will remain on Zoom after each session and participants will be unmuted to participate in a Q & A session verbally.
  • Pre-Recorded Zoom New Student Orientation (passcode: ^0c2kB+J) - This 1-hour session includes short presentations about:
    • new guidance for safety protocols
    • being successful in online and on-campus classes
    • help provided by retention staff and faculty advisors
    • support services available through the Learning Support Center and library
    • using HCC's online resources

Topics include:

  • Resources available on campus including:
    • Tutoring Services through the Learning Support Center
    • Library Resources
    • D2L
    • Self-Service
    • Campus Safety
    • Student Organizations
  • Tips from current students
  • What to expect your first semester
  • How to get involved in campus activities
  • Campus tour