New Student Orientation

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What is the New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is a workshop designed to provide students with the information, resources, and tools needed to be successful at Skyline College.  

Orientation is a part of the Skyline College Student Success and Support Program (includes Orientation, Assessment, and Counseling) and must be completed BEFORE a student schedules an appointment to take the English/ESOL and or math placement test(s).  Once a student completes the New Student Orientation Program workshop, they are eligible to schedule a testing appointment, and thereafter, a counseling appointment.

Who is required to complete the New Student Orientation workshop?

You are required to complete the New Student Orientation workshop is you have declared the following Educational Goal:

  1. Obtaining an Associate Degree or Vocational Certificate
  2. Plan on transferring to a four-year college or university
  3. Undecided about your major and/or educational goal
  4. Limited in your English proficiency

Orientation is not required, but highly recommended if you have declared the following Educational Goal:

  1. Taking classes for Educational Development (intellectual, cultural and physical)
  2. Taking a course that is legally mandated for employment or necessary in response to a significant change in industry licensure standards.
  3. Concurrently enrolled at a four-year college or university taking courses to meet 4-year requirements.

    Note:    Students who believe they qualify to be exempt from the New Student Orientation must submit a Student Success & Support Exemption Petition.  Please refer to the Matriculation Exemption form for instructions on how and where to submit the form.

In what format is the New Student Orientation offered?

The New Student Orientation Program workshop is offered in two formats:

  • Option 1 (Preferred Option): IN-PERSON

    The In-Person New Student Orientation workshop is recommended for ALL students.  During this two-hour workshop, students are provided within information and resources needed for success at Skyline College.  This workshop is facilitated by an experienced counselor.

    At the completion of the in-person orientation, you will be given a Certificate of Achievement and Counseling Session Worksheet.  You will be required to present these documents to the Assessment Office/Placement Testing staff to verify that you have completed the orientation before you are admitted to your testing session.

  • Option 2: ONLINE

    The Online Orientation is designed primarily for online learners.  Most students complete the online workshop in 60-90 minutes to complete this orientation (although we recommend that you spend additional time exploring the many useful and informative links included within the online workshop).  You do not need to complete the online workshop in one sitting. You can log off and then return later to pick up where you left off.  You will be asked to answer questions along the way. The computer will keep track of your answers.

    You must have a passing score of 80% or better to pass the Online Orientation and be able to print a Certificate of Achievement.  If you do not pass the online orientation on your first attempt, you may repeat the orientation as many times as necessary until you receive a passing score.

    After completing the online orientation, please print out both the Certificate of Achievement and the Counseling Session Worksheet.  You will be required to present these documents to the Assessment Office/Placement Testing staff to verify that you have completed the orientation before you are admitted to your testing session.

    The Online New Student Orientation workshop is NOT recommended for students with limited English proficiency.

How does a student schedule a New Student Orientation workshop?

Visit the Counseling Department (Building Two) or call 650-738-4318.

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