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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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The information below is for 

Starting in the SPRING 2023 Semester.

For information about starting another time, please email soar@massbay.edu

 

 
Congratulations & Welcome to MassBay Community College! 

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, so before starting classes, ALL new incoming students are required to attend an orientation session. 

Once you have completed BOTH

Your Admissions Application

                      &

The Placement Requirement

YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL INVITE FOR SOAR!

Orientations for the Spring 2023 Semester will be held in December 2022 and January 2023.

 

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.

SOAR is a program designed for the new students and due to COVID restrictions we cannot allow guests to attend. However, there is be a separate Family Orientation Program available. Please visit https://www.massbay.edu/familyresources for more details.

 
 

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 have completed steps 1-4, you are ready to SOAR (attend Orientation) and will receive an email invite to sign-up!

Email invites will start going out in mid to late November. 

Orientations for the Spring 2023 Semester will be held in December 2022 and January 2023.

Taking One or Two Courses for College Credit/Transfer

 

Step 2

step 2 graphicComplete your SOAR Experience

 

 SIGN-UP FOR & ATTEND ORIENTATION

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).

 

We have 2 types of orientation (SOAR) formats:

1. New Student Orientation: In-person for students who are new to MassBay and/or first-time college students and plan to take face-to-face classes.

At the New Student Orientation, you will:

  • Meet and socialize with fellow NEW MassBay students as well as current MassBay students, faculty, and staff;
  • Learn about MassBay's technology during a hands-on session in our computer labs, including your student email and classroom tools;
  • Get your Student ID;
  • Have a campus tour;
  • Get your campus parking pass;
  • Learn about the extracurricular and leadership opportunities available to you;
  • Receive tips for academic success;
  • Attend a resource fair where you will meet staff and 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 classes.

2. Virtual New Student Orientation: Virtually for students taking ONLY online or remote courses, students who are not approved to be on campus due to vaccination status, or students who cannot get to campus for an in-person event.

At the Virtual New Student Orientation, 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 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;
  • Find out who your Academic Advisor is and then make an appointment for another day to plan your first semester schedule and register for courses.

 

Once you have completed

Your Admissions Application and the Placement Requirement

YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL INVITE FOR SOAR!

Orientations for the Spring 2023 Semester will be held in December 2022 and January 2023.

 

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.

If you are attending a virtual SOAR from outside the US, you will not have access to Bay Navigator. However, you can gain access to it through the use of a Personal VPN that will show you as a US based address. Many providers offer free trials which can cover your use for SOAR.

 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

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