Mission College Counseling - Orientation

Orientation Handbook

With the implementation of the Student Success Act, orientation is now mandated for all new, transfer, and returning non-exempt students starting Summer 2014 and later.

Attend Orientation!

The Counseling Department offers a variety of orientations to students. Orientation is designed to acquaint students with everything they need to know about Mission College.

Those students that do not qualify for an exemption must  complete one of the orientation courses prior to, or during, their first semester at Mission College. Orientation provides students with information about Mission College and higher education. Information about college programs and services; degree, certificate, and transfer requirements; academic expectations and procedures; campus facilities and registration material are also covered. We also provide orientation translated into Vietnamese as needed.

New and returning students beginning Summer 2014 or later are mandated to satisfy the orientation requirement.  Those that complete orientation will be granted priority registration.

COUNS*000A Orientation to Mission College.

This is a mini-course designed to provide basic information needed to attend college. The orientation helps you find your way around the college, find out about support services, and learn about the college's programs and procedures. Pass/No Pass Only.

NOTE:  The following courses can also be used to satisfy the orientation requirement.

  • COUNS*001 - College Survival Skills;
  • COUNS*005 -  Strategies For Success; and
  • COUNS*023 - Becoming A Master Student-Athlete
What to do
  1. Submit a Mission College application for admission.
  2. Complete the Mission College assessment test.
  3. Register for an orientation course.
  4. Please bring a copy of your assessment test results with you to the class.

You may be eligible for a waiver of orientation if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • New students with an AA/AS or higher degree OR
  • New students whose educational goal is to maintain or enhance job skills or for personal interest OR
  • 9th -12th grade students who are enrolled in college classes and enrolled in high school classes OR
  • Students concurrently enrolled in another college or university and only enrolling in one class at Mission.

To have your orientation requirement waived, come to the Counseling Office in Room E1-301.