New Student Orientation
To reserve your seat for an upcoming New Student Orientation session, click above and read the STEPS below.
All first-time or transfer applicants are invited (and strongly encouraged) to attend new student orientation. New students classified in other ways (non-degree seeking, dual enrollment / accelerated high school program or transient status) need not attend new student orientation. A separate Dual Enrollment Orientation is sponsored by the college. New Student Orientation includes sessions for learning more about the college, academic advisement, registering for classes, and also includes information on subjects such as financial aid, the tuition management plan, residential life, athletics, and much more.
Note that those applicants classified as non-high school graduates must take a special assessment to establish ability-to-benefit prior to being admitted. Such applicants may attend new student orientation but may not pre-register for classes until they have been admitted based on their ability-to-benefit scores. Call 205-929-6385 for more information.
Unless exempt, please take the Compass Placement Assessment prior to attending new student orientation. If you are not exempt but cannot take the Compass placement assessment before your anticipated orientation session, note that a limited number of students may take the Compass placement assessment during daytime new student orientation sessions. NOTE: Compass assessments are not offered during evening new student orientation sessions. Compass placement assessment participation during new student orientation sessions will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Orientation participants are encouraged to bring their ACT score reports with them to orientation. Visit www.act.org to acquire the ACT score report.
Follow these Steps Prior to Coming to New Student Orientation
Prepare for the Compass Placement Test . The Compass Placement Test must be taken before you visit a counselor to pre-register for classes (unless you are otherwise exempt or are using ACT score results instead of taking the Compass Placement Assessment. Prepare for the Compass Placement Test by working through our free online Campus Boot Camp below or via our additional free online tutorials. It is important that you score as high as possible on the test, for results are used to place you in either college level courses or developmental courses (remedial). Thus, the higher your score, the better. Spending time preparing for the test will only help you as a college student, so take the test seriously.
Click the Boot Camp icon to begin the Compass Free Online Boot Camp Prep Course
View the Placement Assessment Schedule and register online for the test.
Take the Compass Test
Reserve your New Student Orientation seat. Click on the "Reserve Your Seat" button and complete your reservation (online). Your reservation confirmation will be sent to you via email, after you reserve your seat online. Participants should reserve their seats as space is limited. Priority will be given to the first 100 students who make reservations.
Please bring a valid, state issued I.D such as an Alabama Driver’s license with you to the New Student Orientation session.
NOTE: If you have applied for admission but have not yet been admitted because you have not provided the required form(s) of identification for admission as per Admissions policy 801.01, please read the the ID policy and bring one primary or two secondary forms of ID with you to the orientation session and present them during check-in.
Where are New Student Orientation Sessions Held?
New Student Orientation sessions are held on both the Bessemer campus (in the Ethel Hall Building) and Birmingham campus (in the ACATT--Ward Technology Building), depending on your reservation preference. Click on a building pictured below to view the campus map (for that specific campus) or click on the map pictured below to view campus addresses, all maps and driving directions.
Birmingham: ACATT Building Bessemer: Ethel Hall Bldg. Address, Maps & Directions