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Accepted Students - Next Steps

Congratulations and welcome to MassBay!

Felisitasyon epi Byenvini nan MassBay! (Kreyòl Ayisyen) ¡Felicitaciones, y nuestra más cordial bienvenida a MassBay! (Português) ¡Felicitaciones, y nuestra más cordial bienvenida a MassBay! (Español)


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5 Steps to Begin Your Future:

1Celebrate, Connect, and Visit
Once you receive your acceptance letter, share the news with your family and friends! Get to know the MassBay community by following us on Facebook:
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2Satisfy Our Placement Testing Requirement
Placement in the appropriate level of English and math is an important foundational piece of your education.  We administer the Accuplacer Placement Test and use the results to determine the level of coursework you need to take in English and Math. Sign up online at or call 781-239-2620 to make an appointment for your Placement Test.  MassBay provides FREE test preparation workshops, and free practice tests are also available online.  If you earned a 2.7 gpa in high school or have previously completed college-level coursework in English and Math, you may be eligible for a waiver for one or more sections of the Placement Test. Send official copies of high school or college transcripts to the Admissions Office to see if you qualify. Please note that if you do take the placement test you will need to show a picture ID at your appointment.



3Apply for Financial Aid
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the school year you are planning to enroll at MassBay. The FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for federal and state financial aid. The FAFSA is located online at Be sure to add MassBay Community College’s federal school code number: 002171. If you have questions regarding financial aid you can call the office at 781-239-2600 or send an emailto


4Register for Orientation and Registration
MassBay offers numerous Orientation and Registration sessions for all new incoming students. These sessions are called SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration). The on-campus or online SOAR session is where you will be introduced to and work with our faculty and staff, become acclimated to the college, meet with an academic advisor, and register for your college courses. You will leave your on-campus SOAR session with your college course schedule in hand.

There are many sessions to choose from. You must complete your Placement Testing before attending a SOAR session. (See step three on how to register for your Placement Testing.) To register for a required Orientation and Registration session, please visit the MassBay Student Orientation And Registration web page or call 781-239-2721. Please note that you will need to show a picture ID at your appointment.


5Take Care of Business

  • Before the first day of classes, you must make arrangements to pay your tuition and fees.
  • Take care of your health insurance. If you register for nine or more credits, you will be charged for health insurance at MassBay. This fee may be waived if you are covered under another health insurance plan.
  • Complete and submit your Immunization Form.
  • International students on an F-1 Visa must attend the international student orientation.
  • Find all of your MassBay computer and online tools in the Student Technology Tutorial
  • Check your MassBay email frequently for updates.
  • Purchase text books for your classes.
  • Apply for your student parking pass or consider the public transportation options available to you.