New Student Orientation Session Information

Beat the lines and reserve your seat for New Student Orientation here and read the STEPS below.  Participate in orientation on the campus you primarily wish to attend.  *The placement assessment is not available during 5:00 p.m. sessions.  For questions email . To save on time, we strongly encourage completing your enrollment process prior to attending New Student Orientation

Spring  Semester 2020 Enrollment  
Birmingham Campus (Check-in begins 1 hour before start of session) 

December 4, 2019 -1:00 P.M. -3:00 P.M. 

December 7, 2019 - 10:00 A.M. -12:00 P.M.

December 5, 2019 - 6:00 P.M.- 7:00 P.M.

Spring 2020 Enrollment    
Bessemer Campus (Check-in begins 1 hour before start of session) December 5, 2019 - 9:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.

Birmingham Campus
Academic Success Center 
Auditorium - 1st floor
Bessemer Campus
Ethel Hall Building
Auditorium - 1st floor

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.  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. So, attending pre-enrollment orientation is a good way to begin here.  This orientation is not for dual enrollment students. 

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 Placement Assessment prior to attending new student orientation.  If you are not exempt but cannot take the placement assessment before your anticipated orientation session, note that a limited number of students may take the placement assessment during daytime new student orientation sessions. NOTE: Assessments are not offered during evening new student orientation sessions. The placement assessment participation during new student orientation sessions will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  New Student Orientation participants are encouraged to bring their ACT score reports with them to orientation.  Visit to acquire the ACT score report.

Follow these Steps Prior to Coming to New Student Orientation

Step 1:

Prepare for the placement test .  The 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 Placement Assessment. Prepare by working through our free online 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 Free Online Boot Camp Assessment Prep Course


Step 2:

View the Placement Assessment Schedule and register online for the test

Step 3:

Take the ACCUPLACER assessment unless you wish to use your valid ACT scores for placement.  

Step 4:

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.

Step 5:

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?

Pre-Enrollment Orientation sessions are held on both the Bessemer campus (in the Ethel Hall Building) and Birmingham campus (in the Academic Success Center), 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.  Attend on the campus you will primarily attend classes.  


Birmingham: Academic Success Center             Bessemer: Ethel Hall Bldg.                Address, Maps & Directions