As a new student to the college, you are bound to have questions. New Student Orientation is your most effective first step towards getting your questions answered, and we are here to help. Whether you are taking one class or several, to earn a degree with us or transfer, or for personal enrichment or career advancement, MxCC has the resources to assist you in accomplishing your goals.
All New, Transfer and Readmit students are expected to attend ONE of the New Student Orientation sessions listed for its full duration.
If you have not yet registered for your classes, the links below will help you prepare for your registration advising session.
If you have already registered, then please review the links for Orientation and click on the SELECT AN ORIENTATION & RESERVE YOUR SEAT button to select a session and reserve your seat.
During New Student Orientation you will:
- Take a tour of campus and learn about campus and web support resources
- Log on to myCommnet, tour Blackboard, our online platform, and link to your college assigned email
- Hear from student leaders about their academic and co-curricular experiences and learn about MxCC clubs
- Learn about the Bookstore and purchasing textbooks
- Learn what to expect your first day
- Meet other new students!
- Receive a NSO Guidebook
- Light refreshments will be served
When possible before or after your Orientation session, you may get your photo taken for your Student ID card and get your card (not available at evening sessions). Additionally, you may be able to get your textbooks (not in Meriden or evening sessions).
- Fully online students: Those who already hold a degree from another institution, and those transferring into MxCC with more than 15 earned credits are not required to attend orientation (although they are welcome to attend).
- Meriden only students: we will provide orientation training following your advising session. Be prepared to stay an additional hour for the technology session and to review materials with Orientation staff.
- Students who missed the on-campus program should immediately and thoroughly review the content of this site.
Things to Review BEFORE Registering for Classes:
The college expects you to arrive ready! Reviewing the content below and doing the homework will start you off in a direction of success.
- The Differences Between High School and College
- Prepare to Meet Your Advisor
- Full-Time or Part-Time Enrollment
- General Education Requirements/Transfer Articulation Pathways
- Checklist for Success – Use, Print and Bring to Registration and New Student Orientation
- Campus Tips: Things you need to know your first week – Print and Bring to New Student Orientation
- Pathways to Success Chart– Benchmarks for completion by credits
What Successful Students Do: Self – Assessment begins now
- Why am I here? Questions to answer thoughtfully
- What is your college commitment level? What are your College Goals? Take the Self Assessment Surveys
- What Do You Want To Study?
- Assess Your Study Habits
- Career Planning / Transfer Planning
- Explore Career Options to Find Your Career Path
Paying For Your MxCC Education:
- Paying for your MxCC Education: Tuition and fees MUST be paid when you register for classes
- Financial Aid Checklist
- Your Plan to Earn Your Degree – and Keep Your Financial Aid
- Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy – A MUST KNOW for All Financial Aid Recipients
- 8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA
- Filling out your FAFSA
- Eligibility Requirements for Financial Aid
- MxCC Tuition and Fees
Use myCommnet and your college assigned email (a MUST for all students)
- WATCH these short video tutorials about using my.Commnet.edu and other on-campus technology. The College expects you to know the content of all 7 videos before you start classes.
- Each MxCC student receives an email address and free copies of Office365!
Considering ONLINE Classes?
Things to Review and Do AFTER You Register for Classes
- Select an Orientation Session & Reserve Your Seat
- Review MxCC’s Civility Statement
- Read: Textbook Info: Follett’s Bookstore at Middlesex – Demystified
- View and complete the video-based Not Anymore interpersonal violence prevention program (completion required by end of semester- you will be prompted to login with your student ID and password in order to track progress)
- View the Run, Hide, Fight video produced by Florida State University
Familiarize yourself with the official Student Handbook
- GOOD TO KNOW
- ACADEMIC POLICIES A-Z
- MAKING THE GRADE
- MyCollegeSuccessStory.com: Empowering Academic, College, and Career Success
The Course Syllabus: Know It, Love It, Understand It, Benefit From It
- MONEY QUESTIONS
- MAKING FRIENDS
Want to Learn the Most Effective Study and Learning Techniques?
- CollegeInfoGeek.com Thomas Frank has amazing videos, podcasts, blog posts, tools and resources to help college students! Read his free book, “10 Steps To Earning Awesome Grades (while studying less).” The CIG knows the best apps to use too!
- Harvard University’s Study Skills, Learning, and Life Links
- Louisiana State University Center for Academic Success. Excellent videos and resources
- Academictips.org – How to Be a Good Student Offers an easy to read overview plus has great links to study skills and memory techniques as well as several short, inspirational video stories.
- FREE Guides: How to Succeed in College: 194 Success Tips (grouped into the right categories!), How to Focus on Studying: The Ultimate Guide, How to Focus on Homework. + More. These are amazingly well put-together and have all the up-to-date most effective learning techniques. Tom Miller got it right. He and Thomas Frank, College Info Geek have top-notch, well-researched and presented sites. You need not go looking for much more.
- Strengthen college-level skills with this MxCC LibGuide
- A listing of MxCC Lib Guides specific to our courses!
- Take a snapshot of your study habits by completing this short study assessment here.
- U.S. News & World Report Professors’ Guide: The 15 Habits of Top College Students
- ADDITUDE: Inside the ADHD mind: Will My Child Have an IEP in College?
- ADDITUDE: Inside the ADHD mind: Acing Exams Has Never Been Easier
- Dave’s ESL Café: Grammar lessons, Idioms, Phrasal verbs, Pronunciation Power, Quizzes, Slang and Student Forums