New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation, offered prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters, provides incoming students with helpful information and resources to ensure their smooth transition to college. On-campus and online options are available.

By participating in New Student Orientation, students will:

  • receive a brief introduction to the college
  • learn about academic and student support services; activities, clubs and organizations; and college athletics
  • be introduced to WIReD (the Web-based tool to complete and track course registration, financial aid, scheduling and bill payment), Blackboard (online learning platform) and other online resources for students
  • get a college ID; manage immunization records with College Health Services staff and take a guided tour of the campus (*on campus option only)

We ask that students attend New Student Orientation by themselves since the focus of the presentation is about their college success. Transfer students, parents and families are invited to attend a Student Services Information Day to learn more about the college and student resources.

Who Needs to Participate

New Student Orientation is required for new students entering a degree or certificate program, including new high school graduates and those who have not attended college after graduating from high school (or obtaining a GED/HSE). Students are invited to participate once they've been accepted to the college and after completing or being waived from academic placement testing.

Exceptions

Transfer students and students enrolling in the following  programs are required to attend the program-based orientation events instead of New Student Orientation: Dental Assisting; Dental Hygiene; EMT-Paramedic certificate; and Nursing and Surgical Technology certificate and degree programs.

These students will receive academic advisement and orientation within the department before the semester begins.

How to Participate

On-campus orientation will take place in Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, room 316 as follows:

  • Monday and Thursday at 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Students may schedule an Orientation session using the Student Registration Form or walk-in. Orientation takes approximately two hours.
NOTE: Bring a photo ID (a driver's license, high school ID or a government-issued photo ID) with you.

To participate in New Student Orientation in an online format, call (518) 629-7705 or email orientation@hvcc.edu.

Get in Touch

Orientation Office
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 316