Spring 2015 New Student Orientation
All First Time in College, Transfer, and Readmit students
New Student Orientation (NSO) is a program designed to make your transition to the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC) a smooth one.
At NSO you will learn about the keys to success at UDC-CC, meet with advisors, and register for classes.
801 N. Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.
New Student Orientation is the LAST step before beginning classes.
Students will receive an email invitation to New Student Orientation once they have COMPLETED to admission process.
Didn't get your email? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your Student ID number in your email.
Have other questions? Call 202-274-6988.
International Students (students living in the US on an F-1 or other type of visa): You must see Tim Kaberia or call 202.274.5484 prior to attending an orientation.
Please carefully read all the "Frequently Asked Questions" below to prepare for orientation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I need to do before attending orientation?
A: Orientation is the LAST step in the process of starting school. Please make sure you have completed all of these steps BEFORE attending orientation:
- Submitted to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions an application for admission and a $35 application fee.
- Submitted official high school or GED transcripts to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions.
- Submitted official transcripts of any higher education institution you have attended prior to UDC-CC or since the last time you have attended UDC or UDC-CC to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions .
- Submitted your Confirmation of Enrollment Form to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions.
- If you are under the age of 27, submitted immunization records to the Office of Health Services (phone: 202-274-5030, fax: 202-274-5411)
- Taken the ACCUPLACER Exam. ALL students must take this exam unless you are transferring in college-level English and math courses (and received a grade of "C" or higher) or English is not your first language and you scored higher than 79 on the TOEFL. If you have not received an email invitation to take the ACCUPLACER, please send an email with your name and Student ID number to email@example.com. Put “ACCUPLACER” in the subject line.
Q: What should I bring to orientation?
A: Please bring:
- A photo ID
- Your ACCUPLACER scores
- If you are a transfer student, you MUST bring copies of your transcripts. Advisors will not have access to documents submitted to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions at the time of New Student Orientation.
Q: How do I prepare for Orientation?
A: Be sure to write down any questions you may have so you can leave with all your questions answered.
Q: Is New Student Orientation mandatory?
A: Yes, New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new, readmit, and transfer students. You will not be able to register for classes without attending Orientation.
Q: Should I prepare for the ACCUPLACER Exam? How?
A: Yes! Yes! Yes! You should definitely prepare for the ACCUPLACER Exam so that your class placement is accurate. Many students are just a little "rusty" on their skills and some exam preparation could have saved them a whole semester of developmental education.
For information and practice of the ACCUPLACER Placement Test, please review the ACCUPLACER Sample Test.
Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning offers an ACCUPLACER Preparation course, and this training is free for DC residents.
Q: Can I bring my parents, kids, friend, etc. to Orientation?
A: Space is very limited at Orientation so we request that only the student comes. This will not only ensure that we have enough seats for all of our students, but will also allow each student to focus on orientation and begin his/her college journey on an independent footing.
Q: How do I get to the Community College? Is there parking?
A: The University of the District of Columbia Community College is located at 801 N. Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002. It is on the corner of N. Capitol St. and H St. NE.
You should plan to take public transportation (Plan your trip: http://www.wmata.com/). We are located on the Red Line, just 2 blocks from Union Station, and serviced by several bus lines.
The UDC-CC parking garage is for permit holders only. Once classes begin, you may purchase a parking permit for the semester; however, for Orientation you may park on the street (very limited street parking) or in a nearby parking garage.
Q: When should I apply for Financial Aid?
A: As soon as possible! It is never too early to get started on this process; in fact, the earlier the better. Your first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Q: Can I get some help applying for Financial Aid?
A: Yes! Representatives from the Educational Opportunity Center assist students with completing the FAFSA call 202.741.7430 to make an appointment.
Q: Why do readmit students need to come to Orientation?
A: The Community College is constantly evolving and it likely some things have changed since the last time you were at UDC-CC. We firmly believe that attending Orientation will be key to you having a smooth transition back into UDC-CC.
Q: Why do transfer students need to come to Orientation?
A: Although you may not be new to college, you are new to UDC-CC. We want to ensure that you are familiar with the policies and procedures here at UDC-CC and we firmly believe that Orientation is the best way for you to learn about your new school.
Please contact the Student Success Center at 202-274-6988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.