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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is designed to help students acclimate to the college environment and have a successful start at Montgomery College. Our goal is to answer your questions, connect you to campus resources, and help you capitalize on your college experience. 

Online New Student Orientation (NSO)

MC’s interactive Online New Student Orientation is designed to introduce you to Montgomery College’s academic programs and requirements as well as to provide college resources that will help you acclimate to the college environment and get the most out of your MC experience.

During the orientation, you will find out which English or English as a Second Language (ESL) and possibly math course you have placed into and you will learn how those placements determine the courses you can take in your first semester. Completing the orientation provides an introduction to academic planning and is an important step in getting prepared for your first semester, selecting your courses, and getting registered.

Who has to do it?

All new Montgomery College students are required to complete the online orientation.

How do I access it and how long will it take to complete?

The online academic orientation can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It requires audio, although closed captioning is available for those preferring to read the recorded information. The orientation will take about 40 minutes to complete. You may complete it in one sitting or stop and return to where you left off at a later time, if you cannot complete it in one sitting. You may also need to clear your cache or history screen. Have your MyMC login information ready and sign in here to beginnew window.

When do I start the Online New Student Orientation?

You can sign-in to complete your orientation at least 48 hours after you have been admitted to the College and after you have either provided MC with information about your English level OR once you have determined your placement for English or English as a Second Language (ESL) through MC’s remote placement process. The list below shows the multiple ways you can obtain an English placement at Montgomery College:

You can start the online orientation if you have done one of the following:

  • Submitted a qualifying English score to MC on the SAT, ACT, TOEFL or IELTS
  • Submitted an official transcript to MC from a Maryland public high school with a qualifying grade point average
  • Completed an English composition course at an American college or university (submit official transcript to MC Records & Registration)
  • Completed the MC Remote Placement Process for either English or ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • Find more information about the MC Remote Placement process here.

NOTE: It is important that you wait the required number of days before logging on to the online orientation; otherwise, you may not see your course placements.

In-Person New Student Orientation (NSO)

In-person New Student Orientation (NSO) lasts about three hours. You will participate in campus tours, interact with our Orientation Leaders, and attend information sessions that will answer your questions, connect you to campus resources, and prepare you for a smooth start to your college career.

Get a feel for life at Montgomery College by taking a guided virtual tour of our campuses. The virtual tours take thirty to forty-five minutes and are led by a Montgomery College staff tour guide. Tours also include helpful information on enrollment steps.

Register to schedule a campus tour!

Student Events
  • Raptor 101

    Raptor 101 (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window) is a workshop for new and returning students to get information on MC's resources. It's also a great way to connect with other students, faculty, and administrators. Each workshop will feature a tour and overview of specific departments, such as Counseling & Advising, Student Life, and more. In addition, each Student Life will offer involvement opportunities to gain free leadership skills and the opportunity to grow and impact others! So, learn about additional tips on how to succeed at the College and connect with others who can help answer your questions.

    • Virtual Session: Thursday, January 25, 1–3:30 p.m. (register using a campus link below)
    • Germantown Campus: Tuesday, January 23, 10:00 a.m.–noon, HS 011, Registernew window
    • Rockville Campus: Friday, January 26, 10:00 a.m.–noon, SV 104A, Registernew window
    • Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus: Friday, January 26, 1:00–3:00 p.m., ST 302, Registernew window