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New Student Orientation FAQ

  1. I'm taking classes while I'm in high school. Do I have to attend orientation?
  2. I took PCC classes at my high school, so I'm not really a new student. Do I have to attend?
  3. Can I bring my parents?
  4. I'm taking classes for personal enrichment. Do I need to attend orientation?
  5. I went to college a few years ago. Do I have to attend an orientation?
  6. Why do I have to attend an orientation? Is it mandatory?
  7. What will we do in the New Student Orientation?
  8. How long is the New Student Orientation?
  9. I don't have any time to attend an orientation on a campus. Do I have to attend?
  10. Are orientations available during evening hours?
  11. Will I be able to register for my classes at orientation?
  12. What do I need to bring to New Student Orientation?

1. I'm taking classes while I'm in high school. Do I have to attend orientation?
No, but we highly recommend that once you complete high school and prepare to attend Pima that you attend a new student orientation or complete the online orientation.

2. I took PCC classes at my high school, so I'm not really a new student. Do I have to attend?
We recommend that you complete new student orientation since your focus will now be college success.

3. Can I bring my parents?
Yes, parents are welcome to attend.

4. I'm taking classes for personal enrichment. Do I need to attend orientation?
No, but you will find the orientation to Pima Community College quite informative and beneficial.

5. I went to college a few years ago. Do I still have to attend an orientation?
No, only students new to higher education are encouraged to attend a new student orientation.

6. Why do I have to attend an orientation? Is it mandatory?
Though orientation is not mandatory, we highly recommend you attend. This is our way of helping you achieve college success, whether you're coming straight from high school or are a returning student. At orientation we provide advising services and information that will help guide your PCC experience from the first day through graduation.

7. What will we do in the New Student Orientation?
You will:

  • understand how college differs from high school.
  • receive answers to questions about PCC campuses and programs.
  • activate your MyPima account.
  • choose classes with the help of an advisor.
  • register for classes in a friendly environment.
  • begin your college career confidently.

8. How long is the New Student Orientation?
Daily sessions at each campus last 45 to 60 minutes.

9. I don't have any time to attend an orientation on a campus. Do I have to attend?
Participation is highly recommended.  If you cannot attend an in-person session, you should complete the online orientation program.

10. Are orientations available during evening hours?
Yes. Refer to the new student orientation schedule for details.

11. Will I be able to register for my classes at orientation?
Yes. Registering for classes is a primary purpose of orientation.

12. What do I need to bring to New Student Orientation?
You should bring:

  • a picture ID such as driver's license, state ID, or any other ID with your photo on it
  • a completed New Student Orientation packet
  • your assessment scores