New Student Checklist


Welcome to Northampton! Now that you've been accepted, take a few minutes to review the checklist below so you stay on track to becoming a student here.

1. Attend an Admitted Student Information Session
We’re very excited you’ve chosen to join the Northampton community! Your journey as a Spartan begins with an Admitted Student Information Session. This session will prepare you to complete all the steps necessary to register for your classes at Northampton. We’ll review submitting transcripts, math and English class placement, accessing Northampton technology, and financing your education. All sessions are live online via Zoom and last approximately one hour. Sign-up for a session to get started!

2. Apply for Financial Aid
All students should apply for financial aid whether they think they will qualify or not. Completing your FAFSA is the gateway to unlocking all of your potential financial aid options like grants, scholarships, work-study and more. Here’s how to get started:

3. Determine Placement
In order to set you up for success, it’s important for us to review your educational history to determine placement. Therefore, we require all students to submit official transcripts from any high school(s) or college(s) attended. If you took AP exams, you can request a score report through your College Board account. If you earned a GED or state high school equivalency diploma, you may send a copy to NCC.

Transcripts must be sealed and can be sent electronically or via mail to the addresses below:

  • Email:
  • Mail: Northampton Community College, Processing Center, 3835 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18020

If students can’t be placed into college-level English or Mathematics using high school record, SAT scores, or previous college courses, then it’s likely placement testing will be required. Placement testing information can be found here.

6. Connect with your Academic Advisor
Your next step is to connect with your Academic Advisor. Your personal NCC advisor will work with you to identify your career interests and develop an academic plan to earn your degree in the fastest, most affordable route possible. They'll also help you select classes, and connect you with resources and student organizations to provide a more all-inclusive, rewarding experience while you’re here.  Click here for a demonstration on how to find your assigned Advisor in Workday. To get the most of your appointment with your Academic Advisor, we strongly recommend that you complete the online Admitted Student Information Session and the Starfish Intake (My Logins > Student Logins > Starfish > Click on 3 lines at top left > Intake)

7. Register for Classes
After working with your Academic Advisor to select your classes, it's time to register in your Workday Student Portal. Check out this short video if you need help getting started. If you haven't talked to your Academic Advisor about which classes to take, we encourage you to do that prior to registering or join us during walk-in advising hours.

To view our New Student Checklist in Spanish, click here