New Student Orientation

Required for All New Students

We know that you are excited about starting college and about choosing courses that are right for you. To get you off to a great start, we are requiring you to attend our mandatory, two-part New Student Orientation session: Part 1: Select Your Courses and Part 2: Cougar Class. For dates, times and locations, please link to Sign Up Now»

Part 1: Select Your Courses

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During this part of orientation, you will receive new student academic advising, which means we will provide you with an understanding of how to achieve your academic goals and help you select your courses for your first semester. Topics will include the following:

  • Overview of your associate degree and certificate choices
  • Description of degree and certificate course requirements and credits
  • Explanation of English and math placements, which are determined by your test results

To help you gain confidence navigating our college system, we will teach you how to use our online tools and gain proficiency in the following skills:

  • How to look up your degree or certificate in the MCC online catalog
  • How to determine if you have completed course prerequisites
  • How to search for courses and build your course schedule
  • How to register for classes through myCommNet (access through the MCC website)

Part 2: Cougar Class 

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During this part of orientation, you will learn about our college community and college life and the opportunities you have to become involved. Topics will include the following:

  • State and federal mandated information (Title IX, Shelter in Place, etc.)
  • Services and programs offered on campus and through the community
  • Co-curricular activities and why it’s important to participate
  • Academic policies

Immediately Set-Up Your myCommNet Username (NetID) and Password in Three Easy Steps

Before attending a New Student Orientation session, you will need to set-up your username (NetID) and password for myCommNet. The myCommNet is a section of our MCC website that contains student resources and personal information, such as financial aid details, transcripts and grades, registration services (including adding and dropping courses), a link to Blackboard Learn and much more.

Here are the three easy steps to setting up a myCommNet username (NetID) and password:

1. Go to myCommNet.
2. Set Up Your Username (NetID) and Temporary Password:

  • Username (NetID): Your username (NetID) is your Banner ID followed by “”
    • Example:
  • Temporary Password: Your temporary password is made up of the following pieces of personal information:
    • First three letters of your birth month (first letter is capitalized)
    • “&” Symbol (keyboard command is Shift 7)
    • Last four numbers of your Social Security Number
    • Example: Dec&4321

3. Change Your Temporary Password to Your Unique Password: After activating your temporary password, you will be prompted to set up your unique password.

Sign Up for Your New Student Orientation Session

Before you sign up, please make sure you have completed the following enrollment steps:

  • Applied for admission and received your Banner ID and
  • Taken your assessment test or provided your SAT test results to Admissions

Once these steps are completed, you are ready to sign up for your New Student Orientation session. Please click on the link below.

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We look forward to meeting you. To confirm, cancel or reschedule a New Student Orientation session, please visit

New Student Orientation Contact Information

For more information and to set up an appointment, please visit or call our office.

Location and Hours: Student  Services Center (SSC), L108, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Office Phone: For general information, please call 860-512-3320.

Part 1: Select Your Courses
Jason Scappaticci
Director, First Year and New Student Programs

Part 2: Cougar Class
Trent “T.J.” Barber

Director, Student Activities