New Student Orientation Overview - Counseling Department

New Student Orientations are no longer being offered for the Fall 2014 Semester. Please check back in October 2014 for updated information regarding new Orientation dates.

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Who Is Required to Complete Orientation?

Orientation is not required for Summer enrollment.

All new students are required to complete orientation prior to registering for Fall or Spring Semesters, except those who meet one of these exemption criteria:

  1. Have earned a college degree (associate degree or higher)
  2. Are enrolled in K-12 while taking Ohlone College courses
  3. Are enrolling solely to take a course legally mandated for employment or necessary to meet changed industry or licensure standards
  4. Are enrolling for a reason other than career development or advancement, transfer, earning a degree or certificate, or completing a basic skills or ESL course sequence

Students in Category 1 or 2 are automatically exempted.

Students who believe they qualify under Category 3 or 4 may submit a Request for Exemption from Matriculation Requirements.

What Information is Provided at Orientation?

  • One-on-one advising with an Ohlone College counselor
  • Associate degree and transfer requirements
  • Creation of an individual class schedule and registration for classes
  • Ohlone resources and services
  • Study skills and other strategies for college success
  • Math and English placement results
  • Students rights and responsibilities

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New Student Orientation Options

In-Person Orientation

Combo Orientations (Beginning in June 2014)

  • Combines New Student Orientation with English and Math placement testing.
  • Please check the Combo Orientation Schedule and reserve a seat in a combo orientation.
  • After placement testing, Counselors will be at the orientation to help students select their classes.
  • Allow approximately 4 hours to attend the session in its entirety. Bring bottled water and a snack to enjoy between components.
  • Please check the Combo Orientation Schedule and reserve a seat in a Combo Orientation.

Online Orientation

The Online Orientation is designed for students who cannot attend an in-person orientation and will include counseling and course advisement. Please keep in mind that it may take up to 7 working days to complete the orientation and be cleared to register for courses. Online Orientation login instructions.

Orientation for New ESL Students

  • These Orientations are combined with the ESL placement testing. Please refer to the ESL Placement Testing website for additional ESL Orientation information.
  • Please refer to the ESL Placement Testing website for additional ESL Orientation information and to sign-up for an ESL testing and orientation session.
  • ESL Orientation is for students who need to enroll in an ESL class.
  • Important Reminders for International (F-1) Students.

Contact Information

orientation@ohlone.edu or (510) 659-6110.