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Mission College Counseling - Orientation


Student Orientation Handbook (6.5MB)

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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 Mission College Waiver of Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) Services (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: