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Get off to a smart start!

New Student Orientation (NSO) sessions are held each year, and our First-Year Experience (FYE) program offers a variety of services to meet your needs!

The date of your first class will determine when you should attend an NSO session:

Fall Start: August
Spring Start: January

Approximately 24 hours after you register for fall or spring your courses, you should receive an NSO email invitation to the personal email address that you provided on your CCBC application. If you do not receive this email invitation, please contact us at fye@ccbcmd.edu.

If you register after our NSO sessions have occurred or you are starting classes in the winter or summer term or as a late-start student mid-semester, you should complete this form to request a transition meeting. Upon completion of the form, we will contact you to confirm a meeting time. If you do not hear from us within one week, please contact us at fye@ccbcmd.edu.

For a more detailed explanation of our FYE offerings, please see our program descriptions:

New Student Orientation (NSO)

These large group sessions are for students who are new to the college and have enrolled in classes. They are held in January and August each year. NSO provides students with great information about what they will experience both inside and outside of the classroom. The sessions also connect new students to faculty, staff, and returning CCBC student leaders, known as First-Year Experience (FYE) Mentors. Orientation topics include CCBC’s academic pathways, classroom expectations, college technology, parking, campus safety, and CCBC support resources. A campus tour is also included!

Transition Meeting

Transition Meetings are for enrolled students who are new to the college and will start classes in the winter or summer terms or as a late start student mid-semester. Transition meetings are also available for students who are unable to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) sessions due to extenuating circumstances. These meetings are scheduled with our First-Year Experience (FYE) Mentors, who are returning student leaders. In these meetings, our FYE Mentors cover the material students miss when they cannot attend the large group NSO sessions.

Pre-O Meeting

Pre-Orientation (or Pre-O) meetings are for students who are not yet registered for classes but would like more information about CCBC before enrolling. These meetings are scheduled with our First-Year Experience (FYE) Mentors, who are returning student leaders. In these meetings, our FYE Mentors talk with students about what CCBC has to offer and answer any questions they may have about enrolling at the college.