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Student Orientation Advising & Registration (SOAR)

 

Congratulations!

We are excited that you have selected MassBay Community College!

The next step is to register for your classes…


 

For all students, the first step in the registration process is to complete Placement Testing. If you have not yet taken your Placement Test or have questions about this process, please click here for Placement Testing Information & Sign-up. Students who have completed college level Math and/or English courses may be eligible to waive Placement testing. You can also call 781-239-2620 for more information.

After completing your Placement Test, you will select the Orientation/Registration process that works best for you:

 


Why should I attend an Orientation?
Orientation will provide you with the tools you need to succeed at MassBay.  No matter what your goal is at MassBay, we strongly recommend that all new students attend an Orientation as part of the enrollment process. When you attend an Orientation, you are taking an important step in your academic journey.  Starting off on the right track is the best way to ensure success as a MassBay student.

 


To Sign Up for an Orientation or Registration Option that is Right for YOU, please review the following MassBay Orientation options:

 


OPTION 1: On Campus Orientation

Strongly recommended for first time college students and/or students who are planning to complete an Associate Degree Program at MassBay.

At the On Campus Orientation  you will:

  • Explore your academic, career, and transfer goals with MassBay Academic Advisors and faculty
  • Meet and socialize with fellow NEW MassBay students as well as current MassBay students, faculty, and staff
  • Plan your first semester schedule, register for courses, and get your MassBay student ID
  • Learn hands-on about MassBay’s technology, including your email, student account, and classroom tools.  You will obtain your username and password and activate all of your online MassBay accounts.
  • Learn about the extracurricular and leadership opportunities available to you
  • Be introduced to a wide range of support services and resources

The On Campus Orientation takes about 4 hours and is offered on weekdays, evenings, and occasional weekends throughout the year.

 

Below are the Spring 2015 On Campus Orientation dates:

Tuesday, Nov. 18th 10am-2pm Wellesley Hills Campus
Tuesday, Dec. 9th 5-9pm Wellesley Hills Campus
Wednesday, Dec. 10th 1-5pm Framingham Campus
Tuesday, Jan. 6th 10am-2pm Wellesley Hills Campus
Saturday, Jan. 10th 10am-2pm Wellesley Hills Campus
Wednesday, Jan. 14th 1-5pm Framingham Campus
Thursday, Jan. 15th 11am-3pm Wellesley Hills Campus

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP FOR ONE OF THE ABOVE ON CAMPUS ORIENTATION DATES



OPTION 2: On Campus Express Orientation

This is an abbreviated version of Option 1  

 

At the On Campus Express Orientation you will:

 

  • Plan your first semester schedule and register for courses
  • Learn hands-on about MassBay’s technology, including your email, student account, and classroom tools.  You will obtain your username and password and activate all of your online MassBay accounts.
  • Be introduced to a wide range of support services and resources

The On Campus Express Orientationtakes about 2 hours and is offered on weekdays, evenings, and occasional weekends throughout the year. We have scheduled many of the express orientations to directly follow a Placement Test: giving you a one day option to complete BOTH your placement test and orientation.

Below are the Spring 2015 On Campus Express Orientation dates:
  

Monday, Nov. 3rd  3pm Wellesley Hills Campus*
Wednesday, Nov. 5th 4pm Framingham Campus*
Monday, Nov. 10th 1pm Wellesley Hills Campus*
Wednesday, Nov. 19th 3pm Wellesley Hills Campus*
Friday, Nov. 21st 1pm Wellesley Hills Campus*
Thursday, Dec. 4th 1pm Wellesley Hills Campus*
Monday, Dec. 8th 1pm Wellesley Hills Campus*
Thursday, Jan. 8th 6pm Framingham Campus*
Tuesday, Jan. 13th  1pm Wellesley Hills Campus*
Friday, Jan. 16th 9am  Wellesley Hills Campus
Friday, Jan. 16th 12pm Wellesley Hills Campus
Friday, Jan. 16th 2pm Wellesley Hills Campus

*Same day as a Placement Test

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP FOR ONE OF THE ABOVE ON CAMPUS EXPRESS ORIENTATION DATES



OPTION 3: Virtual Online Orientation

This option may work well for you if you fit into one of the categories listed below or if you have already attended an on campus orientation and simply want to review the information. You should also be very comfortable using a computer and someone who learns well in an online environment. This option is designed primarily for students: 
 

  • Planning to complete one of our many Certificate Programs
  • Taking online only courses or non-credits courses
  • Completing prerequisite courses for credit at another institution
  • Unable to attend an in-person, on campus SOAR (Option 1 or 2)

Please keep in mind that you may still need to visit campus to meet with an Academic Advisor and register for your courses (Option 4).

 

At the Virtual Online Orientation you will:

  • Become familiar with MassBay’s technology, including your email, student account, and classroom tools
  • Learn about the extracurricular and leadership opportunities available to you
  • Be introduced to a wide range of support services and resources

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ONLINE ORIENTATION NOW



OPTION 4: Visit the Advising Center for Class Registration

This option may work well for you if you fit into one of the categories listed below:    

  • You are a non-degree seeking student
  • Completing prerequisite courses for credit at another institution
  • Unable to attend an in-person orientation (Option 1 or 2)

When you Visit the Advising Center** you will:

    • Review curriculum for your selected program or major
    • Plan your first semester schedule and register for courses


    **If you choose this option, please know that it is not an Orientation program.  Also, after you register for classes, be sure to contact the help desk to have your MassBay online accounts activated.


    CLICK HERE FOR THE ADVISING CENTER HOURS AND LOCATION




    View our SOAR Video: Academic Advice from Students for Students

     


    View our SOAR Video: Academic Advice from Students for Students

     





    Related Resources:


    Orientation Survey:

    Please complete our orientation survey by clicking here.