Oct. 28, 2020 (Middletown, Conn.) — Middlesex Community College invites all new incoming transfer, non-degree, and first-time college students to participate in a virtual orientation program. The New Student Orientation, also known as NSO, is available now and until classes start in January 2021.
NSO serves as an introduction to the college and allows new students to navigate the campus prior to enrolling in classes. The program provides new students an onboarding pathway using visual resources as a guide.
“MxCC’s New Student Orientation is unique in that it is completely virtual and provides students the opportunity to have a pre-built academic schedule based on their identified preferences, making the registration process easier and more efficient,” says Sharale Mathis, Ed.D., Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at Middlesex Community College. “NSO provides incoming students with an opportunity to learn about MxCC through a virtual lens while being introduced to what it takes to be a successful college student.”
Organized in six steps, the orientation begins with a video campus tour, then moves through various key programs and services that are available to college students while enrolled at MxCC. Topics include staying safe on campus, enrollment services, academic programs, course formats, policies, and advising. In addition, students learn how to navigate the state’s college and university network, known as myCommNet, and check their college email account.
Students must complete the modules and advising form before registering for spring semester classes, as this is the first step in creating their individual course schedules.
Past orientation programs required students to come in person and usually took on average of four hours to complete while on campus. Now, students can finish the virtual program in as little as 45 minutes in one sitting.
Since 1966, Middlesex Community College has provided high-quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, enhancing the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. A part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, MxCC offers more than 70 degree or certificate programs at the main 35-acre campus in Middletown, MxCC@Platt in Meriden, and online.