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Student Orientation Advising & Registration (SOAR)

Congratulations! Welcome to MassBay!

We are excited that you have selected MassBay Community College!

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Starting in the Summer?

Please visit the Summer SOAR webpage for information and to sign-up for Orientation dates now.

Starting in the Fall?

See below for important information and an orientation sign-up instructions.

 

 

Congratulations on taking the first step to further your education! We hope to ease your transition into the MassBay community for both you and your family, and look forward to meeting you at Orientation! The goal of MassBay’s Orientation is to provide you with the tools you need to succeed.

Orientation is required for all new students interested in earning a degree or certificate. The fall semester orientations will have both in-person and virtual options and will be offered starting on June 15, 2022.

Student Advising Registration & Orientation (SOAR) dates are now available for sign-up. You can sign up in the Step 2 Attend SOAR section below. You will need your student ID #, which is a seven digit number that can be found on your acceptance letter.

All students accessing campus must be in compliance with the MassBay COVID Vaccination Policy. Therefore, if you are coming to campus for orientation (and do not have a previously approved accommodation) you MUST bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination AND a form of photo ID with you in order to access the building and attend the Orientation event.

Please visit https://www.massbay.edu/immunization for the policy and additional information.

 
 

Step 1

step 1 graphicGet Ready to SOAR!

Admitted into a degree or certificate program

  1. Complete the Admissions Application Process
  2. Fulfill the Math & English Placement Requirement
  3. Set-up your MassBay Technology Accounts: Once you have completed your admissions paperwork, you should receive an email to your personal email address from our Office of Information Technology (helpdesk@massbay.edu) with your credentials and instructions for activating your account in OneLogin. Make sure to check you junk mail folder. For help or questions with this process, please contact the IT Help Desk: helpdesk@massbay.edu or 781-239-2440
  4. Apply for Financial Aid (if applicable) Need Help with your FAFSA application? Text “MassBay” to 857-309-2942 to our uAspire partners for help over text, zoom, or phone call!

Once you’ve completed steps 1-4, you’re ready to SOAR (Orientation)!

Taking One or Two Courses for College Credit/Transfer

 

Step 2

step 2 graphicComplete your SOAR Experience

There are 2 steps to the Orientation Experience:

Sign-up for & Attend Orientation (SOAR)

All students accessing campus must be in compliance with the MassBay COVID Vaccination Policy. Therefore, if you are coming to campus for orientation (and do not have a previously approved accommodation) you MUST bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination AND a form of photo ID with you in order to access the building and attend the Orientation event.

Please visit https://www.massbay.edu/immunization for the policy and additional information.

New Student Orientation is an essential learning experience to start your first year off right.

  • First-time college students are required to participate in orientation to help ensure their academic success.
  • Transfer and returning students are highly encouraged to participate in orientation to learn about MassBay processes, services and resources.
  • New students pursuing seats in selective Health Science and Automotive programs have special requirements, if you are pursuing any of the following programs, please contact the Office of Admissions at 508-270-4059 or 781-239-2506 regarding orientation requirements for your program: BMW, Chrysler, General Motors, Toyota, Central Processing, Computed Tomography, Emergency Medicine, Nursing/Practical Nursing, Paramedicine, Phlebotomy, Radiological Technology, or Surgical Technology.
  • To register for pre-requisites for Nursing, Practical Nursing, Radiological Technology, or Surgical Technology, please attend Student Advising Registration & Orientation (SOAR).

SOAR is live event offered both in-person or virtually on Zoom. During that event, you will:

  • Meet and socialize with fellow NEW MassBay students as well as current MassBay students, faculty, and staff.
  • Learn about MassBay’s technology, including your email, student account, and classroom tools.
  • Learn about the extracurricular and leadership opportunities available to you.
  • Receive tips for academic success.
  • Be introduced to a wide range of support services and resources.
  • Meet with your Academic Advisor to:
    • Explore your academic, career, and transfer goals.
    • Plan your first semester schedule and register for courses.

Fall 2022 Dates available for Sign-up:

  • Tuesday, July 12 | 10am-1pm | Virtual on Zoom
  • Thursday, July 14 | 9am-3pm | Wellesley Hills Campus
  • Wednesday, July 20 | 9am-3pm | Wellesley Hills Campus
  • Monday, July 25 | 5-8pm | Virtual on Zoom

*If you cannot make one of the available dates, please email Julie Schleicher, the Coordinator of Orientation at jschleicher@massbay.edu and we will do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations in order to fully participate in this event, please contact an Accessibility Specialist, at 781-239-2234, between 9m and 5pm, Monday through Friday. If you get a voicemail, please leave your name and number slowly and clearly. A specialist will call you back. Please know requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the event.

SIGN-UP FOR AN ORIENTATION HERE

Complete Launch Point

After Orientation, you can use this resource, Launch Point to learn more about MassBay or refresh what you already know!

 

Step 3

step 4 graphicFinish and Prepare

Apply for Financial Resources & Make Payment

Get Your Textbooks & Course Materials

Once you are enrolled in classes, you will need to look up (and purchase) your required course materials and textbooks. Use this Step by Step Guide on how to look up and purchase your textbooks!

Learn about additional resources

 

Academic Resources:
We recommend that ALL students visit our Academic Achievement Center to connect with our tutoring services, studies groups, and more!

Also, be sure you know how to navigate your online & remote courses in BlackBoard:

 

Need Help? Have questions? Meet with us!

Staff in the Virtual Q&A Center are ready to assist you with any of the above items!

Check your MassBay email frequently!

FOR QUESTIONS, CONTACT:

Julie Schleicher | Coordinator of Student Engagement & Orientation

Email: jschleicher.massbay.edu