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.

4. Attend a New Student Faculty Meeting
Meet with your future professors to learn more about your intended major and/or majors you are still considering as well as tips for succeeding in them. Attend a session here.

5. Connect with Your Navigator
Your next step is to connect with your Success Navigator. Your navigator is your personal NCC advisor who 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/Navigator in Workday. To get the most of your appointment with your Navigator, 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)

6. Register for Classes
After working with your Success Navigator 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 Success Navigator or advisor about which classes to take, we encourage you to do that prior to registering or join us during walk-in advising hours.

7. Attend a New Student Welcome Event
Prior to the start of each semester, we’ll be holding New Student Welcome events which is your opportunity to come to campus and get acclimated before classes start. We’ll cover things like how to read your schedule, purchasing books and course materials, obtaining your NCC student ID, using and understanding Blackboard, getting involved on campus and more. Plus you'll get some free NCC swag! RSVP here. 

To view our New Student Checklist in Spanish, click here