Welcome to MCC! New-Student Orientation educates and informs new students about MCC resources, degree and certificate requirements, and campus policies and procedures.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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 document open so you can refer to steps to Register for New-Student Orientation and log on to myMCC using the username and password that MCC emailed to you.

    If you're unable to register online, please contact Registration at (815) 455-8588 to finalize your registration.

    See more information on Student Planning

  • 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 orientation@mchenry.edu for permission to register.

  • What do I need to do before attending an NSO session?

    Submit the following to Admissions, A262:

    • High school transcript
    • College transcript(s)
    • ACT scores
    • AP test scores

    Complete any required placement tests in the Testing Center, A245.

  • 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.

    English Placement testing is not required if you received the following ACT and/or SAT scores (valid for five years from test date ) – you will fulfill the prerequisite for ENG 151:

    • ACT: 21 or higher in English
    • PRE-2016 SAT: 990 composite (reading and writing) or 490 writing
    • 2016 or later SAT: composite reading and writing score of 550

    Math Placement testing is not required if you received the following ACT and/or SAT scores (valid for two years from test date):

    • You will fulfill the prerequisite for initial placement in LEVEL 1 MAT 120, MAT 150, MAT 161, MAT 165, MAT 201 if you have:
      • ACT: 22 to 27 in math or
      • PRE-2016 SAT: 520 or
      • 2016 or later SAT: 550
    • You will fulfill the prerequisite for initial placement in LEVEL 2 – MAT 170, MAT 171 and MAT 220 if you have:
      • Not completed a high school or college trigonometry course with a C or higher
      • ACT: 28 or higher in math or
      • PRE-2016 SAT: 640 or
      • 2016 or later SAT: 660
    • You will fulfill the prerequisite for initial placement in LEVEL 3 – MAT 175 if you have:
      • Completed a high school or college trigonometry course with a C or higher and
      • ACT: 28 or higher in math or
      • PRE-2016 SAT: 640 or
      • 2016 or later SAT: 660

    Geometry In order to fulfill the Illinois geometry requirement, some students will be required to take a geometry placement test if the following conditions are not satisfied:

    • ACT: 22 in math or
    • PRE-2016 math SAT: 520 or
    • 2016 or later math SAT: 550 or
    • Successful completion of a full year of high school geometry with a C- average or better or
    • Placement score of 46 on the ALEKS math placement test

    The geometry placement is a computer-based exam. You will have to take an un-proctored "practice exam" before taking your official exam in the Testing Center and you can take the exam up to four times. If you earn 70% or higher, you will not need to enroll in MAT 096 geometry. Please check with an advisor to determine if you are required to take the geometry placement. Once you confirm that you need to take the geometry placement, stop by A245, or call the Testing Center at (815) 479-7544 for information on your next steps.

    MCC offers Modern language placement exams in French, German, and Spanish. If you have prior experience with French, German or Spanish, plan to take a modern language placement exam. The French and German tests are in paper/pencil format.

    The Spanish placement test is computer-based and you'll need a valid email address in order to test.

    All modern language placement exams can take up to two hours and may be taken only one time.  Your score will be available immediately.

    • Please note: You can take the modern language placement exam one time and testing is not an option after taking a college-level modern language class.

    Placement scores are normally available immediately, but there are some instances when they must be sent off to be scored. Please plan in advance, and allow plenty of time for your results.

  • 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.

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