Mission College Counseling - Orientation

An important step to student success is Orientation! 

The Student Success Act of 2012 requires community colleges to award priority registration to those students that have completed:  Assessment, Orientation, Educational Plan.

We offer TWO different types of Orientations. One is for brand new students and the other is for returning students, or students that have attended another campus.


A step by step guide to assist students in getting a successful start at Mission College is here and an important step is to complete Orientation - Step #3. 

WHO: New students are required to satisfy the orientation requirement prior to, or during, their first semester at Mission College (some exemptions apply - see below). Students that complete Orientation will be granted priority registration.  

WHY: Orientation is designed to acquaint new students with everything they need to know about Mission College. It provides students with information about the campus, higher education, college programs and services; degree, certificate, and transfer requirements; academic expectations and procedures; and campus facilities. How to select courses and registration information is also reviewed.

HOW: The Counseling Department offers a variety of classes that count towards the orientation requirement. Students can enroll in COU A (see below), COU 5, COU 23 or COU 145B (Summer Bridge Program), and many classes are offered online or in-person. We also provide COU A translated into Vietnamese as needed.

Counseling A classes (COU 000A, .5 unit) - Fall 2017

Date/Time, Method, Instructor, Section/Course Record number

·         (Fri.) August 11 & 18, 8:30-12:45pm, In-person, Lawhead, 70493

·         (Sat.) Aug. 26 (in person 8:30-12:45pm) - Sept. 2, Hybrid (In-person & online), Trang, 70514

·         (Sat.) Aug. 26 (in person 8:30-12:45pm) - Sept. 2, Hybrid (In-person & online), Hand, 70519

·         (Sat.) September 9 & 16, 9:00am-1:15pm, In-person, Lawhead, NEW! 72867

·         (Fri.) September 22 & 29, 9:00am-1:15pm, In-person, Chavez, NEW! 72866

·         October 2-6, Online, Tran, NEW! 72872

·         October 2-6, Online, Coleman, 70507

·         (Fri.) October 6 & 13, 8:00-12:15pm, In-person, Guardino, 70513


EXEMPTIONS: If you meet one of the exemptions below, complete an Orientation Waiver (students will not earn priority registration). You are exempt from orientation if you have:

  • Completed an associate degree or higher degree from an accredited U.S. institution; OR
  • Enrolled in the college for a reason other than career development or advancement, transfer, attainment of a degree or certificate of achievement, or completion of a basic skills or English as a Second Language course sequence; OR
  • Enrolled in the college for personal enrichment; OR
  • Completed these services at another community college within the past 5 years; OR
  • Enrolled in the college solely to take a course that is legally mandated for employment as defined in section 55000 or necessary in response to a significant change in industry or licensure standards; OR
  • Enrolled in the college as an 11 – 12 grade student concurrently taking classes in secondary school.

New to Mission Students  PDF


Those students returning to Mission College after a gap in attendance or those that have attended another college or university are given the option to complete a brief online orientation that familiarizes students with current policies, procedures and support services. 

To receive credit towards priority registration, students must complete both step 1 and 2 listed below.

Step 1: Begin Orientation
Step 2: Complete the Orientation Quiz