Information and FAQ

At Northampton Community College’s New Student Orientation, you will learn about the following:

  • Your career pathway and your journey to academic success at NCC
  • Student Life and Leadership Development, including how getting involved outside the classroom can impact your overall success
  • Support and resources that NCC has to assist you in your success
  • Registering for your Fall 2019 courses

New Student Orientation also provides an opportunity for families to learn about NCC, including:

  • Resources available to NCC students that promote academic success and provide opportunities for development outside the classroom
  • Academic expectations in higher education and how to support their NCC student
  • Information on Financial Aid, Career Services, Student Life and Leadership Development, Housing & Residence Life, Advising, Disability Services, Online Learning and what you can do to encourage your student’s advancement and success

How do I register for orientation?

Registration for the fall 2019 term will open online in April. Once you have taken care of the required pre-orientation steps, it is recommended to register for orientation as soon as possible. Sign up for an orientation session today.

Should I register for the traditional New Student Orientation (NSO) or a New Student Registration Session (NSRS)?

All students new to college who wish to enroll in degree, certificate, or specialized diploma programs must complete an orientation program.

Students who graduated from high school in 2016-2019 will attend a traditional New Student Orientation (NSO)

Students who graduated from high school prior to 2016 will attend a New Student Registration Session (NSRS)

Students who previously attended college are not required to participate in an orientation and may see an advisor for assistance in selecting courses. 

If I am a recent high school graduate and I cannot make it to any of the traditional orientations, can I attend an NSRS?

Yes. However, we highly recommend that you contact advising for additional assistance so that you are well prepared for career exploration as well an in depth overview of the program you will be pursuing. Advising at the Bethlehem Campus can be reached at 610-861-5346. Advising at the Monroe Campus can be reached at 570-369-1871.

I live in Monroe County, but I will be taking my classes at the Bethlehem Campus. Do I need to attend the Monroe Campus orientation?

No. The format for orientation is the same at both campuses. You will get the same experience. You will get to meet with faculty and students. And of course, you will be able to register for classes. The same goes for a student residing in Northampton County who will be taking classes at the Monroe Campus. For students who reside outside of these two counties, you have the option to attend an orientation at either campus. However, attending an Orientation at the campus you will attend will provide the opportunity to explore campus and meet Faculty and Staff on that campus. 

How long should I expect to be on campus for orientation?

Orientation lasts approximately 4 to 4 ½ hours. The day starts at noon and typically ends between 4 and 4:30. Participants will want to plan to be at NCC for the entire Orientation day. Please note that the sessions prior to Course Registration are required, as they will assist you with selecting courses. View the Orientation Day Schedule.

Do I need to take a placement exam before orientation?

It is important that your placement level in English and/or Mathematics is determined before you attend an orientation.  Students should have their high school transcript sent to NCC for review. When placement can’t be determined using your high school transcript or SAT scores, placement testing may be required.  If so, it is important to complete any necessary placement testing prior to orientation.  Questions about your placement level can be directed to the Admissions Office at either campus, Bethlehem (610-861-5500) or Monroe (570-369-1800).

View more information on placement testing.

How do I get my MyNCC username and password?

Your MyNCC username and password were emailed to you upon your acceptance to NCC. It was also included in the acceptance letter you received in the mail. You will need this information while at orientation. If you need assistance obtaining your log in information, please contact our Help Desk at helpdesk@northampton.edu or 610-861-5413.

How do I get to campus?

The Bethlehem Campus is located at:
3835 Green Pond Rd
Bethlehem, PA 18020
Orientation begins in the quad in between College Center and Kopecek Hall

The Monroe Campus is located at:
2411 Route 715
Tannersville, PA 18372
Orientation begins in Pocono Hall

View campus maps and directions.

Where can I park?

Both campuses have open parking with the exception of some staff and faculty spaces. On the Bethlehem Campus it is best to park in Lot A or C. At the Monroe Campus, it is best to park in the lot closest to Pocono Hall.

Will there be food provided at orientation?

Yes. Lunch is provided right before the official start of the day. Snacks and refreshments will be available half way through orientation as well.

Will I get my Northampton ID at orientation?

Yes. Your photo will be taken for your ID. Once you have registered for your courses, you will be able to pick up your official NCC ID. Your NCC ID card will allow you to use the NCC fitness center and gymnasium, borrow books from the library, and access other NCC student benefits. You will need another photo ID when getting your NCC ID.  Without a photo ID, NCC will not be able to do your college ID, as we need to confirm identify for your ID. 

I plan on attending orientation on one of the dates in May. I will still be in school. Is it possible to receive a letter confirming my attendance?

Yes. You can obtain an excuse letter from the Vice president of Student Affairs & Enrollment Services’ office, which is located in College Center 205 at the Bethlehem Campus. At the Monroe Campus, an excuse letter can be obtained in the Admissions/Financial Aid office, which is located in Room 105 in Keystone Hall.

Can I bring my parents and/or family members with me?

Yes. We highly encourage that parents and/or family members attend orientation. There are important things that they need to learn about NCC as well. There is an agenda that is specific to family members. Students are separated from their family members for the majority of the orientation and will be reunited after course registration is complete.

What should I bring to orientation?

We suggest bringing the following:

  • Transcripts and/or test scores (if you have not already submitted these)
  • Photo ID
  • Your MyNCC username and password

Do students meet individually with academic advisors at orientation?

No. Students are grouped by the program they will be pursuing. Due to the high volume of students that attend orientation, it would not be possible to provide one-on-one advising. However, there are advisors who will be present in the registration rooms to assist with registering for the correct and appropriate courses.

Who should I contact if I need accommodations due to a disability?

For accommodations, please contact our Disability Services office. At the Bethlehem Campus, Disability Services can be reached at 610-861-5342. At the Monroe Campus, Disability Services can be reached at 570-369-1910. The offices can also be reached by email at disabilityservices@northampton.edu.

Who should I contact if I experience trouble registering for orientation or if I need to change the date that I will be coming to campus?

Please contact the Admissions office at either campus - Bethlehem is 610-861-5500 and Monroe is 570-369- 1800 - for assistance if you experience trouble with orientation registration or need to change your sign up date.

Am I required to pay for my classes on orientation day?

No. Tuition payment is not required on orientation day. The tuition payment due date for Fall 2019 is August 6.

I plan on living on campus. Will there be a housing orientation on the same day?

No. Orientation for students living on campus will take place on move in weekend, which is August 24th and 25th.  However, there will be a session available for families to learn more about Housing & Residence Life.  Tours of the Residential Facilities will be offered prior to and after the orientation day hours at Bethlehem Campus only