new student orientationAll 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.

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 at the registration office 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.

    1. Once you've logged on, select Students Menu under My Toolbox
    2. Click on Registration
    3. Choose Course: Search | Select | Register | Drop and then Search and/or Select Credit Sections
    4. Type "NSO" in the search box
    5. Leave all other areas blank and click Search
    6. Choose a section that fits your schedule and Add to Preferred List
    7. Click on View Your Preferred List to see the section you have chosen
    8. Click on the Action drop-down menu in front of the section and select Register
    9. Click on the Submit button at the bottom of the preferred sections list and you will register for that NSO section.

    You will see a message informing you that you have registered for the NSO section you selected. 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 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.

    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:

    • 990 composite (reading and writing) or 490 writing (scores are valid for 5 years)

    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?

    To prepare for math placement:

    To prepare for the math, writing or reading placement:

  • 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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