New Student Orientation

What to expect at New Student Orientation

In-Person and Virtual orientations will begin around October 15th. The in-person option, will give students a more personal approach to getting ready for college*. Groups will be no larger than 10 people. Dates will be posted here in the coming weeks. Students that opt for the online version will be able to complete that on this website at that time.

Options for courses will be available in mid October. Attempting to complete orientation before then will not allow you to register for classes any sooner for the 2021 Winter semester.

*These guidelines are subject to change per the Governor’s Executive Order surrounding COVID-19.

If you are a new student interested in joining our late-start classes, that begin October 5th; please contact us by October 2nd to receive orientation information. Students interested in our Open Entry/Open Exit programs (Welding, Electrical Technologies, and Machine Tool) may also contact our office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to do a New Student Orientation?

All new students to Glen Oaks are required to complete the New Student Orientation process. There are exceptions (guest students from another college, personal interest students), though we advise all students to expect to complete New Student Orientation. If you would like to know if you are required to do this step, you can contact the Admissions office and they will be able to provide you with an answer.

When can I complete the New Student Orientation?

You will be able to complete the Orientation after October 15 for the Winter 2021 semester.

How do I take the placement tests?

We have multiple testing options available for students, and many of them can be taken online from your home.

  • Submit ACT/SAT scores (if taken in the last 5 years) by sending a PDF to admissions@glenoaks.edu. Make sure that your name is visible on the document (not handwritten). Once received, we can let you know if you have received qualifying scores, if not see options below. You may also check the Course Placement Evaluation page to see what qualifying scores are.
  • Submit your official high school transcript. If you do not have an official transcript at the time you speak with an advisor for scheduling, an unofficial transcript may be used, if the transcript is no more than five years old. Any students with transcripts over five years old must complete a self-assessment for English placement and the ALEKS placement tests for Math. Official transcripts can be sent to us via Parchment, emailed directly to us from your high school or via USPS mail. We will determine if you have met the GPA requirements for high school english that allow you to take many of our courses, if not, see option below. We will not use your transcript for placement in a math class, see option below.
  • Take the online self-assessments. There is an assessment for English and a separate assessment for math, called ALEKS. This will also need to be done if you do not meet the above requirements. Admissions will let you know how to access these tests. Students that have completed a Homeschool curriculum or a GED will only have the option to complete this step.

How do I request my high school transcript?

Contact your high school and request for them to submit one. If you do not have an official transcript at the time you speak with an advisor for scheduling, an unofficial transcript may be used, if the transcript is no more than five years old. Any students with transcripts over five years old must complete a self-assessment for English placement and the ALEKS placement tests for Math. Official transcripts can be sent to us via Parchment, emailed directly to us from your high school or via USPS mail.

Per college policy, students that have graduated less than 10 years ago need to submit official high school transcripts.

What if I am transferring in credit from another college/university?

You will need to provide proof of the courses you took at the other institution for our advisors, this can come from an unofficial transcript. For record keeping and to transfer in the credit, our Records and Registration department will need an OFFICIAL copy from the other institution, this needs to be electronically sent or mailed via USPS from the institution.

What happens if I don’t qualify for certain courses based on my transcript, SAT/ACT scores, or if I have graduated more than 5 years ago?

You will be able to take the online self-assessment for English courses and the ALEKS test for math placement (if applicable to your program of study). Additionally, if you are a student that is a homeschool graduate or received a GED you will need to take these tests. Admissions will inform you how to complete these.

Do I have to take the online self-assessments?

You can opt out of taking the online self-assessment for english placement. Advisors will give you information on what class you would have to be placed in if this is the case. Unfortunately, if you have a math class that is needed and the ACT/SAT does not qualify you, you will be required to take the ALEKS test.

When will I get to talk with an advisor?

Advisors are divided based alphabetically by student, and they will be in contact with you once you have completed the Orientation requirement.

What if I’ve been to college before, or I’m returning to Glen Oaks?

Students who have attended another college and are transferring to Glen Oaks are required to complete a New Student Orientation. If a student is returning to Glen Oaks after a time period of 3 years or more from when the last course was completed, then they will be required to complete the New Student Orientation video. Students returning to Glen Oaks within 3 years of their last completed course, do NOT need to complete a New Student Orientation. We can verify this information for you. Students that have already received a degree or certificate from any college/university can still benefit from viewing the video. Every college has different guidelines, and processes, we want to be sure you are just as informed about Glen Oaks as a student that is brand new to college.

I did Dual Enrollment or CTE while in high school. Do I need to complete the New Student Orientation videos and parts after?

Yes. New Student Orientation is required for any student attending after they have graduated high school. We want to make sure that you transition successfully and begin working with an Academic Advisor. Students that Dual Enrolled or took CTE will also need to ensure they have an up to date application on file.

Should I complete the FAFSA before completing these steps?

Yes, if you could benefit from help paying for school. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, takes time to process (3-5 weeks), so we recommend completing the FAFSA as soon as you can. Having a processed FAFSA by the time you are ready to register for classes will be a big help.

College Guests do not need to go through New Student Orientation. Please contact David Victor for further instruction if you are a College Guest.

Please check back again soon for future orientation dates and deadlines