Pre-Orientation Checklist

Step 1 - Apply for Admission

Fill out our online application to apply. (Completed)

Step 2 - Apply For Financial Aid

If you have not completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please plan on doing this before attending orientation. Once your information is processed, you will be able to view what kind of federal and/or state financial assistance you can receive to offset your education costs. Visit to start the process.

Step 3 - Send high school transcript and determine English and/or Mathematics placement

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

Step 4 - Register for an orientation session

There are several orientation sessions offered throughout the summer months. You must register for orientation in order to register for your courses. Orientation dates are organized around academic program areas. When registering for orientation, you will be asked to select your intended major. You will then be given orientation dates to choose from. Faculty members from your academic areas will be present on those dates to guide you thoroughly. View the Orientation schedule here.

Step 5 – Payment

Tuition and fees payments are made through the Bursar Office. Payments can be made through multiple methods, including cash, check, money order or credit/debit card.

Payment plans are available for tuition. NCC’s interest-free payment plan option is a smart way to pay for your education at NCC. The payment plan is not a loan; it is a way for you to spread the cost of your education at NCC into affordable monthly payments. (Noncredit/community education courses are not eligible for this plan)

Step 6 – Apply for housing if you will be living on campus

This is not required prior to orientation, but it is strongly recommended.  Housing is offered according to date of application and discipline history.  Therefore, it is important to apply to housing as early as possible. On campus housing is only available at the Bethlehem Campus.