New Student Orientation

Welcome New Students!

Welcome to South Mountain Community College (SMCC). The faculty, staff, and administrators at SMCC are honored that you have made the decision to start your college career here.

New Student Orientation (NSO) is an essential part of your First Year Experience and provides a foundation for success.

Your participation in the NSO program marks your entrance into the college community. NSO is designed to provide you with the information, resources, and tools to help you make a successful transition to college life and to be better prepared for your first semester.

After participating in NSO, you will be able to:

  • Recognize departments and services that can assist you in achieving success.
  • Identify best practices for success in the classroom.
  • Explain the importance of setting and monitoring educational, personal, and career goals.
  • Articulate how to establish connections with other students, faculty, and staff at the college.
  • Recognize financial literacy as an important component of current and future success.
  • Identify technology applications and resources essential to your experience as a student.

Getting Ready for Orientation

Make sure you are ready to register for classes on your orientation day by completing the following important steps:

Quick Tip #1: You can log in to your Student Center to view outstanding items under your To-Do list.

Quick Tip #2: Download the FREE MyInfo app from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android) on your mobile device by searching “Maricopa MyInfo.” This is a tool that provides you access to personalized information, including your class schedule, books, grades, financial aid, and scholarships.

Step One: Prepare your Financial Plan

Having a financial plan for paying your tuition and related expenses is important. Tuition is charged per academic credit hour, according to your residency classification or status. Fees may vary and will be assessed at the time of registration.

Ways to pay tuition and fees

  • Pay for your tuition and fees in full using through your Student Center, where you can use any of the four major credit cards to make your payment.
  • Enroll in a monthly payment plan (Nelnet Business Solutions).
    • There is a $15 registration fee and a $20 non-refundable payment plan enrollment fee. You can pay with a credit/debit card, a checking/savings account, or a prepaid/reloadable card.
    • Enroll in a monthly payment plan (Nelnet Business Solutions).
    • The remainder of your tuition will be split into monthly payments.
    • Use financial aid funds such as scholarships, grants, and loans. They will apply to the balance of your tuition and fees automatically when awarded.

Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA® form to apply for financial aid for college.

The 2019–20 FAFSA form is on the myStudentAid app, available on the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android).

South Mountain Community College’s Federal School Code is 015001.

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July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 2019 – 2020 October 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020 2017

 

Step Two: Complete Pre-Orientation Activities

Apply: Confirm that you are admitted to South Mountain Community College for the semester that you intend to enroll before attending orientation. This requires completing a Student Admissions Application in-person or online.

Record your student info: After you complete your Student Admissions Application, record the following information:

  • Your MEID (Maricopa Enterprise ID AKA your username for the Maricopa Community Colleges)
  • Your Student ID Number
  • Your Maricopa Email address (yourMEID@maricopa.edu)

Create your password: to access important online resources at https://tools.maricopa.edu/Support/ResetPassword

Familiarize yourself with your Student Center: Log into your Student Center; Don’t forget your username and password, you will be using it throughout your time at SMCC, and it is important to check it regularly for required tasks and communications from SMCC before and after your orientation session.

Activate your Official Student email: Activate your email at google.maricopa.edu; make a note of your password in a secure place.

Submit your High School GPA, ACT Scores, or GED Scores: Submit this information (where applicable) prior to orientation. These scores may be used to advise and place you in appropriate courses.

Final Transcripts: Final transcripts are not required in order to register for or attend orientation. Submit an official high school transcript or GED transcript once finalized. Request an official transcript (with your graduation or GED completion date) be mailed from your high school or GED-granting institution to SMCC Enrollment Services as early as possible.

Determine course placement: Our colleges now use multiple placement options to determine college course placement for students. Your High School GPA, ACT Scores, or GED Scores may be used to determine your English, reading, and mathematics course placement.

Our other option is to take a placement test. You will need to take a placement test if any of the following are true:

  • You are currently a high school freshman or sophomore
  • Your cumulative high school GPA is below a 2.6 AND you do not have an eligible ACT score or GED score
  • Your high school transcripts are older than 10 years
  • You wish to place in a higher level of English, Math, or Reading
  • Your high school transcripts are from outside the United States

Step Three: Complete Academic Advising, register for and attend Orientation

Meet with an academic advisor: An academic advisor is a professional staff member who will help you identify the right courses that meet your degree program requirements. Your advisor will register you for your orientation session.

To schedule an appointment with an academic advisor, please call 602.243.8330.

Advisors are available on a walk-in basis (first come, first served) in the mornings and on an appointment basis in the afternoons.

Tips for a Successful Orientation Day

  • Directions and Parking: Allow yourself plenty of time to travel to the South Mountain Community College campus at 7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042. Please park in the lot off of 24th street and Baseline road. Parking is free.
  • What to Wear: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. We can also take your photograph for your official South Mountain Community College identification card, so be photo-ready!

What to Bring

  • ID. Please bring valid photo identification (e.g. U.S. driver’s license, state-issued ID card, U.S. military ID card, U.S. passport or passport card).
  • Academic records and documents: Bring copies of your test scores, high school, GED, or ACT transcripts.
  • Financial aid documents: Your To-Do List items may contain requests to submit specific documents directly to your college to complete your Financial Aid file. If that is the case, submit the identified documents in-person to the Financial Aid office at South Mountain Community College or by uploading documents through the e-forms system link available in your Student Center’s To-Do List.

Have a Question?

Callan Fay, M.Ed.
Student Services Supervisor
First Year Experience & New Student Orientation
callan.fay@southmountaincc.edu
602-243-8257

Ashley Ahlers
Student Services Specialist
First Year Experience & New Student Orientation
ashley.ahlers@southmountaincc.edu
602.243.8176

Alisa Nelson
Student Services Specialist
First Year Experience & New Student Orientation
alisa.nelson@southmountaincc.edu
602-243-8337