Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to take New Student Orientation?
All new students are required to take New Student Orientation.

Do I need to be registered for classes before I can sign up for New Student Orientation?
No, but it is preferred that you see your advisor before or as soon as possible afterwards to get registered for classes.

I’m a transfer student. Do I need to complete a New Student Orientation?
Transfer students with 12 or more transferable hours and a 2.0 or higher GPA (from previously attended institution) do not need to take New Student Orientation. Official transcripts from previously attended institution must be on file with the AC Registrar’s Office for exemption to be verified. Please call (806) 371-5440 to verify transfer exemption.

I took Dual Credit classes. Do I need to complete a New Student Orientation?

What is covered in New Student Orientation?
New Student Orientation prepares students for the first semester of college. By providing important information about policies, services, and activities, New Student Orientation helps you avoid potential obstacles in achieving your goals. Content includes key resources, strategies for success, campus tour and opportunities to meet other new students.

How can I complete my New Student Orientation requirement?
Students can fulfill their New Student Orientation requirement by registering for and completing any ONE of the following:

How long is New Student Orientation?

How do I register for New Student Orientation?

  • Badger Beginnings (summer only; designed for recent high school graduates): Registration for Badger Beginnings is the same as registering for your regular courses through AC Connect
  • General Sessions: Registration for General Sessions is the same as registering for your regular courses through AC Connect.
  • Online Orientation (Not available in Summer; distance education students only): You will need to sign in using your AC ID number.

May I bring a guest or child with me to the session?

  • Badger Beginnings (summer only; designed for recent high school graduates): Seats for Badger Beginning sessions are limited and only available for new students registered for the program. We do invite parents to attend a separate program that coincides along side any Badger Beginning session their student is attending. Please call the First-Year Experience office at 806-345-5620 for more information,
  • General Sessions: It is preferred that guest and children do not attend. Seating is limited and mature content is covered and may not be appropriate for children.

I’ve taken the Online Orientation. How long before my student account will show my New Student Orientation requirement has been fulfilled?
The usual wait time is one to five business days.