Survival Guide for NCC Students

January 13, 2014

Welcome new and returning students! Whether you go to Main Campus, Monroe, the Southside, take online classes, or attend classes at one of NCC's other sites, you'll find faculty and staff committed to helping you reach your goals.

Where it All Begins
Before you can start learning, you've got to get to class. Parking can be a bit of a challenge the first few weeks of classes. Leave early so you'll have time to find a spot so you aren't late for class. Consider taking the bus or carpooling with fellow students if possible. Visit the Lanta Metro System website for a bus schedule for the Main and Fowler Family Southside Campuses or MCTA/Pocony Pony site for a schedule for the Monroe Campus.

Wherever you park, make sure it is an authorized space. The guards are lenient for the first week or two. After that, you may get a ticket.

At MyNCC you can access your student mail, check your grades, view your transcripts, monitor your financial aid, and more. All you need is your student login and password to get started!

Be Prepared
Need textbooks? Forgot a pen or something to write on? Stock up on textbooks and supplies, as well as NCC clothing and accessories, at the bookstore. The Main Campus, Monroe Campus, and the Fowler Family Southside Center all have bookstores. No time to shop? You can purchase text books online. Or check out Northampton NOW's NicNac Trader. Students buy and sell used books, as well as other items, here.

Snow Day
Be notified instantly if there is a school closing, delay or emergency on campus by signing up for NCC's emergency notification system. You can also find information about school closings on the College's website.

Academic Calendar
When is break? When can current students register for the next semester?  Keep a copy of the academic calendar handy to remind you of important dates.

Feeling Hungry for a Great Education?
Studies have shown that eating a good breakfast can help students perform better during the day. Don't go around hungry. The Food Court on the second floor of College Center offers wraps, salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza and more. At the Monroe Campus you can purchase breakfast, lunch, or a quick snack at the Café. It's located just inside the main entrance. Snacks are also available at the bookstore at the Southside Center.

Now That's Good Advice
It's a good idea to know who your advisor is and how to contact him or her in case you have any questions about your academic life here at NCC. An advisor can help you with anything from selecting courses to transferring. Visit the Academic Advising Office's site for more information.

Stop by the library to find books, articles, cds, videos and more. You can get free help with research here, too, as well as online. Visit the Paul & Harriet Mack and Monroe Libraries web page for more information.

Academic Assistance
Need some study pointers? Get some extra help with your courses or learn better study habits at The Learning Center closest to you. Tutoring is offered at Main, Monroe, Fowler, and online. In addition to walk-in and appointment tutoring for a variety of subjects, you can also learn how to navigate Blackboard or MyNCC and brush up on your computer skills. And it's all FREE!

Looking for a Job?
Career Services offers a deal you just can't pass up. Help with your job search, including resume writing techniques, access to an exclusive on-line job database, and more all for free for NCC graduates! Current students get the same benefits and can also get help finding an internship or a part-time job.

You've Got to Have Friends
It's easy to meet students with the same interests as you - there are more than 50 clubs you can join! Whether your interests lie in anime, cycling, dance, art, sports, the outdoors, movies, martial arts, or more, there is something for everybody at the Main and Monroe campuses.

Be in the Know
Don't miss out on all the fun Student Life parties and programming for students held throughout the year. To find out everything going on around campus, from club events to speakers, make sure to visit Northampton NOW, NCC's online news site, regularly. Or find us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date on the latest NCC events. Many departments and clubs have their own Facebook pages, too.

Photos and recaps of all major events will be posted on NOW, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. You can even find NCC on Pinterest!

Even your parents can be up-to-date on all the latest NCC news! Let them know they can sign up for a newsletter especially for parents  of students by emailing

Go Spartans!
Whether you want to join a team or sit in the stands, there are plenty of opportunities to play for and cheer on the Spartans. Visit the official website of the Athletic Program for more information about home games and team try-outs. NCC athletes can participate in baseball, softball, tennis, men's soccer, golf, women's volleyball men's basketball and women's basketball. In addition, NCC also offers a variety of club sports.

Students with a valid ID can use the Main Campus Waldman Fitness Center, located in the Spartan Center, at no charge.

Take in a Show
The Theatre Department stages a variety of productions all year at both Main and Monroe. For most admission is free or a small fee.

Staying Healthy, Body and Soul
The Main Campus' Health and Wellness Center, located on the first floor of College Center in Room 120, offers first aid and treatment of minor illnesses, as well as smoking cessation and weight loss programs.

Sometimes life can become stressful for students, especially those who are juggling school, work and family responsibilities. If you feel like you need someone to talk to, take advantage of the free counseling services offered at the college.

NCC Is 99% Smoke Free
If you've got to light up, remember that smoking is allowed in designated areas only. These areas are clearly marked. If you are not sure, don't smoke - you could be fined.

The Northampton Family
While you are working hard to reach your goals, make sure to stop and take the time to ask for help if you need it. A lot of people here care about you and want you to succeed.

Have a great semester!

Before you go, take a quick video tour of Main Campus.


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