Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

All new students are strongly encouraged to complete orientation to learn about the resources and services available to them at SBCC. Students who are enrolling in college for the first time with an educational goal of basic skills improvement, an associates degree, or transfer to a four-year institution are required to complete orientation. These students will have a registration hold that prevents them from registering for classes until they have completed orientation.

Registration holds are listed on your student record in the campus portal. To find your registration holds, follow these directions:

  1. Log in to the campus portal.
  2. Click on Student Records in the Registration and Student Records panel.
  3. Click on View Holds.

See Orientation Home to determine which orientation is right for you. If you are a new student for Spring semester, please note that Online Orientation is the only option for English-speaking, domestic students.

Domestic ESL students need to attend one of the ESL Orientation/Advising/Registration sessions offered prior to the start of the semester. You will also need to attend one of the ESL assessment dates. Click here for more information on ESL Orientation/Advising/Registration.

 International students must attend the mandatory meeting offered by the International Student Support Program prior to the start of each semester, regardless of if you are enrolling in ESL classes or not. The mandatory meeting will clear your orientation hold. You will also receive advising and register for your classes at that time. For contact information for the International Student Support Program, click here.
 Yes, all students who are enrolled in college for the first time, even if they took classes while in high school, are required to complete orientation.
You can take Online Orientation as soon as you have a student ID (K number). You do not need to take your assessment tests before you complete orientation, but you must complete orientation and take your assessment tests before you attend advising. We encourage you do this as soon as possible after submitting your application.

If you are from out-of-the-area and attending an orientation over the summer with your parents, we encourage you to attend orientation as early in the summer as possible so you can register for the classes you need.
 Your SBCC student ID (K number) is not the same as your application ID number. Find your student ID number by logging into the campus portal. If you have not logged into the campus portal before, click on "Find my username/password" to activate your account. For more detailed directions on finding your student ID, click here.