New Student Orientation at SMCC

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
New Student Orientation at SMCC

Open registration for new to South Mountain Community College (SMCC) students opens the week of March 21st, 2022

Students who will be attending college for the first time, and intend to earn an Associate’s degree or to transfer to a College/university to complete a Bachelor’s degree, are encouraged to attend a New Student Orientation session by Field of Interest (FOI).

For Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 enrollment, we are offering a combination of in-person and virtual new student orientation, advising and registration sessions by Field of Interest (FOI) in our New Student Orientation classroom, located in the Student Enrollment Services (SES) building on our campus: 7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85042.

New to College FAQs
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions on new student orientation. If your question isn't addressed below or on our site, please feel free to reach out to email

Yes! During NSO you will meet your Field of Interest (FOI) Academic Advisor. When you register for NSO, your advisor will review your account and goals and provide you with course recommendations in your Advising Notes in your student center. We teach you how to review the online course catalog and we will help you enroll in classes.

South Mountain Community College and the Maricopa County Community College District have organized all degree and certificate pathways into nine Fields of Interest (FOI) to help you clarify your career path and connect with your learning community.

Watch Maricopa Community Colleges' Fields of Interest overview

To see the list of offerings at SMCC, please review:

The Associate of Applied Science degree is designed for students who intend to enter the workforce immediately following graduation from their program. Please note: Not all degrees and certificates are offered at every college.

A Certificate prepares you for entry-level work in your chosen field and requires fewer classes than the Associate degree or university transfer options. There are several types of certificates available, including career, trade, and academic certificates. Credits earned in a certificate program can often be used toward an Associate degree. For more information, speak with an advisor.

If you are interested in university transfer, we have options: Such as Associate in Arts, emphasis degrees, Associate in Science, emphasis degrees, and Associate in Business, General or Special requirements. We have special transfer agreements with all three public Arizona universities and many out-of-state, private, and online college and university partners, so you can seamlessly transfer when you're ready. Transfer Partners | Maricopa Community Colleges

New Student Orientation is an essential part of your college experience and provides a foundation for success. As you begin your college career, you probably have questions. Don’t worry. That’s what your orientation is all about. During orientation, you’ll learn about campus resources and departments, learn more about your Field of Interest and degree pathways, review important online tools, meet your Field of Interest academic advisor, build your class schedule and more. Orientation is organized by Field of Interest (FOI). Sessions are two hours (one hour for information, advisement, and tutorials and one hour for schedule building).