New Student Orientation

What to expect at New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is a required step to getting registered for classes which is typically held in person. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be completed in an online format. Watch the videos below and answer the questionnaire that is provided. It is YOUR responsibility to be aware of the college’s guidelines, services, and programs that are detailed in the videos.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to watch these videos?

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 watch the videos?

Anytime! They only need to be watched once…we encourage you to actually listen to the information shared. It will be helpful when you start classes. Do not forget to complete the questionnaire.

How do I take the placement test if the college is closed?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to offer our typical Accuplacer testing. The following are various ways for you to complete this step:

  • 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. We understand this may be difficult at this time with school closures. 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?

Academic Advisors are working remotely and are available to connect via email, phone, or text. 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.

Fall 2020 classes begin August 31st, new students must complete admissions steps by August 25, 2020.

Please watch Parts 1 & 2 and complete the 5 question quiz with questionnaire, to receive credit for completing orientation.

LET’S GET SOCIAL

Since we can’t see you, we want to SEE you!

Have some fun on your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts and we’ll feature your posts here.

Participating students will be entered to win a Glen Oaks gift pack.

Multiple winners will be chosen. Check out our upcoming contests, choose to do one or all!

Make sure to include @glenoaks in your post so we can find it!

Social Contests
Be sure to tag us @glenoaks

#imgraduating2020
Seniors! We congratulate you, post a picture representing your high school!
#newviking
We’re excited for our future Vikings…share your excitement and your intended major.
#furbabies
Spending more time with your fur babies? We want to see!
#ineedcoffee
What kind gets your day started?
#workworkwork
We commend you for heading to work, show us your best selfie on your way in!
#roomies
New housing residents; share your favorite food, if you are a morning/night person & hometown.
#vikingathletes
Have you committed? Tell us what team and your hometown.
#areyoustillthere
What are you binging on these days?

Note: Please keep pictures and captions appropriate.

LET’S GET SOCIAL

Since we can’t see you, we want to SEE you!

Have some fun on your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts and we’ll feature your posts here.

Participating students will be entered to win a Glen Oaks gift pack.

Multiple winners will be chosen. Check out our upcoming contests, choose to do one or all!

Make sure to include @glenoaks in your post so we can find it!

Social Contests

#imgraduating2020
Seniors! We congratulate you, post a picture representing your high school!
#newviking
We’re excited for our future Vikings…share your excitement and your intended major.
#furbabies
Spending more time with your fur babies? We want to see!
#ineedcoffee
What kind gets your day started?
#workworkwork
We commend you for heading to work, show us your best selfie on your way in!
#roomies
New housing residents; share your favorite food, if you are a morning/night person & hometown.
#vikingathletes
Have you committed? Tell us what team and your hometown.
#areyoustillthere
What are you binging on these days?

Note: Please keep pictures and captions appropriate.