Start Ready

Orientation programs are free one-day programs for students and parents before classes begin. We welcome you into our koala family and give you tips and resources to get ahead and be successful the moment you step on campus.

Support for Your College Journey 

Read on for an orientation overview, checklist items, details about your first-year experience, and more. We're here to support you as you make this transition and beyond. Questions about what's next for you? Connect with our Student Success Team

Register for Orientation

2024 new student orientation

2024 New Student Orientation

Orientation Dates

Transfer Students: 

  • June 20
  • July 18
  • August 9

New Students: 

  • June 21
  • July 19
  • August 9

Free Orientation

What to Expect

You'll get tons of helpful information from folks in financial aid, housing, counseling services, student activities, and more so you feel prepared for college. You'll also meet professors, do icebreakers, and build community before classes. We'll have plenty of fun along the way with free lunch, music, cotton candy, and activities. 

Don't Miss a Beat 

Check these items off your list so you don't miss any important events, deadlines, or tips. 

Set Up Your Email

Check your email frequently so you don't miss important information throughout the summer.

  • Email address:
  • Password: Koala and the last four digits of your social (e.g. Koala1234)

Download Apps

Navigate App
Find the free app on Apple App Store or Google Play. Log in with your username and password (same as email). Take a brief survey before getting your summer orientation checklist.

Canvas App
Find the free app on Apple App Store or Google Play to access your courses, submit your assignments, and connect with your Orientation Leader (OL) and other students.

Check out the Resource Guide

Spring Orientation Resource Guide

Direction to Start Strong

Mentoring you is in our DNA, and you'll feel the multi-layered support from day one. Work closely with an advisor to start your academic path strong.

Someone Who Gets You

You'll connect with a student success leader who's been in your shoes before. Discuss study skills and time management or even fun things to do on campus. 

Direction to Reach Your Goals

We'll walk alongside you, helping you to reflect on your strengths and passions and to create a four-year plan to reach your goals. 

Insights to Succeed

Get insights on topics like study skills, reading strategies, test taking, and wellness at our recurring success socials. These workshops are offered all fall, multiple times a week. 

Here to Help 

Have more questions about Orientation and the First-Year Experience? Reach out to the Office of Student Success, and we'll connect you with even more resources.

First-Year Students: New Student Orientation Guide
Evening College Students: Get connected with Evening Columbia College Student Government Association or Evening CCSGA
Online Students: Your personal advisor assigned by name will guide you through our online student orientation designed specifically for online students.

Email Student Success