Mission College Counseling - Orientation

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Student Orientation Handbook (6.5MB)

START HERE Steps for New Students


WHY: Orientation 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.

WHO: New students are required to satisfy the orientation requirement prior to, or during, their first semester at Mission College.  Students that complete Orientation will be granted priority registration.

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 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.

HOW: The Counseling Department offers a variety of classes that count towards the orientation requirement. Students can enroll in: