All new full-time students seeking a degree or certificate and part-time students registering for more than nine credits are required to complete a New-Student Orientation session on campus or online.
Welcome to MCC! New-Student Orientation educates and informs new students about MCC resources, degree and certificate requirements, and campus policies and procedures.
Who needs to complete New-Student Orientation?
All new full-time students and part-time students registering for more than nine credits are required to complete a New-Student Orientation session on campus or online.
- What will I learn at NSO?
When will I meet with an Academic Advisor to choose classes?
Students meet with an advisor for the first time at New-Student Orientation. In subsequent semesters, they'll make an appointment at, or walk into our advising and transfer center to review their progress and develop an academic plan.
When is NSO offered?
- Spring sessions are available in November and December.
- Fall sessions are available May to August.
- Online NSO is available year-round.
See myMCC for the current NSO Schedule.
How do I register for NSO?
Students can register for New-Student Orientation:
- In person in Registration, A258.
- By phone at (815) 455-8588.
- Online through myMCC (see steps below)
Keep this webpage open so you can refer to these instructions and log on to myMCC using the username and password that MCC emailed to you.
- Once you've logged on, select Students Menu under My Toolbox
- Select Academics and then Student Planning and Registration
- Type "NSO" in the search for courses box
- View available sections and Add Section to Schedule
- Go to Plan and Schedule and use the arrows to find the Term 7/1/15 - 6/30/16 Con Ed
- Select the Register button to finalize registration.
You'll receive a reminder email prior to your NSO date.
If you are unable to register online, please contact the Registration office directly at (815) 455-8588 to finalize your registration.
What if I can't attend on-campus session?
Online NSO is available to individuals 21 and older and for those who have attended another institution. Register for Online NSO following the registration steps outlined above. Once you've registered, go to www.mchenry.edu/onlinenso to read the material and complete the assessment.
If you are under 21 and have attended another institution or are unable to attend an on-campus session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for permission to register.
- What do I need to do before attending an NSO session?
Am I required to complete placement testing?
Placement into college level English or math is determined through the following:
- Placement testing
- Valid ACT scores
- Valid SAT scores
- Prior college coursework (subject to review)
- If you have completed college-level English or math previously, bring a copy of your transcript when meeting with an Academic Advisor to review prior coursework towards placement and/or prerequisites.
Placement testing is not required if you received the following ACT scores:
- 21 or higher in English (valid for 5 years from test date).
- 22 or higher in math (valid for 2 years from test date).
Placement testing is not required if you received the following SAT scores (valid for 5 years):
- Pre-2016: 990 composite (reading and writing) or 490 writing
- 2016 or later: composite reading and writing score of 550
Placement testing may also be required to fulfill prerequisites for courses other than English or math (ie: science or foreign language courses).
For placement into foreign language classes:
- If you have prior experience with French, German or Spanish, plan to register for a Foreign Language Placement test.
- Please note: students can take the Foreign Language Placement test one time and testing is not an option after taking a college-level foreign language class.
- How do I prepare for placement testing?
Where do I learn more as a parent of a new student?
Attend a Parent Orientation session. See www.mchenry.edu/parents for more information.