MCTC holds orientation sessions for all new students so you can get useful information about your program and being a student here. It is at orientation that you will meet with your academic advisor to create a plan and register for your first semester of classes.
If you are a transfer student, you may fulfill the orientation requirement in a different way. See apply as a transfer student.
There are also special orientation sessions for international students, Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) students and Power of You students. Your letter of acceptance to the college will have details about special orientation sessions. If your educational intent is simply to take a class as a non-degree seeking student, orientation is not a required enrollment step.
What happens at orientation
During Orientation Day 1: Registration, you start in a general session about being an MCTC student. You will then break into a small group by program and receive a course plan with information for your program of study. You then go to the computer lab to register for the courses. There will be an advisor in the lab to answer questions about using the registration system or about which classes to take based on your test results.
At your orientation you will also be given the option to register for Orientation Day 2: Connections. During this session you can come to campus and connect in a more meaningful way! Learn about current Student Life offerings (including campus clubs and organizations) and available resources on campus through special campus tours. Meet current student leaders and attend helpful workshops on time management, money matters and more during this helpful event.
Sign up for orientation
Attending the Orientation and Registration session is one of your last steps toward enrollment at MCTC. It's also a great opportunity for you to meet advisors and learn about what it takes to be successful in college.
Sign up for Orientation Day 1: Registration
Bring to orientation
- Placement test results
- Know your Social Security number (your card isn't necessary)
- Photo ID
- Your personal calendar (for choosing class times)
If you have not yet declared a major, or have declared "Undecided" as a major, please declare a major before attending orientation. For more information on program and career exploration, please see Career Services. You can take care of declaring a major at the Student Services Center (T. 2200) across the hall from the Testing Center.
In the first orientation session, staff will highlight important information to help you be a successful student at MCTC. You will then break into a small group based on your program or major with the advisor for your Academic Academy. Information about your program and a course plan will be provided and you will register in a computer lab. Advisors will assist you in the computer lab to select courses and navigate the registration system.
On the day of your orientation, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time to check-in. Come to the 2nd floor of the T (main) building, by the Information Desk. Orientation signs are posted throughout the college to direct you to the check-in table.
Parking is available in the MCTC Parking Ramp on Hennepin Avenue for $5. Discounted parking ($2.50 per day) is available to students, please see the parking fees/access cards section on this page or contact the bookstore for information. Here are directions to campus (including information about public transit options) and a campus map.
Other items to do before your orientation
If you have any questions regarding your enrollment (including orientation), or you need to reschedule, we are here to help you. The Student Services Center (T.2200) can assist you with any questions regarding your admission, registration and financial aid. You may also e-mail: Admissions.Office@minneapolis.edu or call 612-659-6282 for assistance.