Attention New Students:New Student Orientation (NSO) has been rescheduled. New dates and times will be posted soon. Please continue to monitor student email, the website, Facebook and twitter for important information. Also, Student ID cards and parking tags are now available for new students at Public Safety located in the Student Center.
New Student Orientation: Testing, Advising, Orientation, Welcome
The New Student Orientation Process is designed to help prepare new students for their Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) experience.
- Admission is the first action for new students. If you have completed the application for admission and submitted needed documents, you are ready for the next step;
- Advising & Scheduling Classes is next. If you submitted ACT or SAT scores and you had an ACT math sub score of 19 and an ACT English sub score of 18 you are ready for advising; a SAT verbal score of 350 and math score of 440 also indicate readiness for advising. If your scores are lower, we need more information to help you plan your first semester. You will need to take the COMPASS Placement Test:
- The COMPASS tests students in reading, writing and math. Although you will receive scores, the COMPASS is not a "pass or fail" test. Your scores will be available immediately after the test.
- If you need to take the COMPASS placement test, you may report to the testing center Monday- Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- You must show a picture ID in order to be served in the testing center.
The information you need to plan your first semester is found in an online program, Preparation for Scheduling, which covers many of the questions new students have about advising and scheduling. Some students, especially those with family or friends who have recently been BRCC students, may find the presentation sufficient for moving forward to step three. Many students who prefer to learn by hearing and asking questions, are likely to prefer to come to campus. Jot down your questions and bring them with you when you come. Click here to view Preparation for Scheduling!
Face-to-face advising is provided to new students by academic advisors or faculty members. During your face-to-face advising session, you will review degree options, develop your first BRCC semester goals, and schedule the times for your classes.
To better assist students during peak operational times, BRCC also offers group advising. Group Advising is held in the Magnolia Building. Groups are formed as soon as seven or more new students arrive. Please bring your copy of any test scores you have, and something to write on.
- Orientation: This year the title is: Can You Feel It?! Next Stop ... Graduation! During this orientation you can expect separate meetings for new students who have never attended BRCC before and their parents/supporter. Student participants will begin networking with classmates and learn how to become successful college students. You will hear directly from faculty what is expected of you in English, math, and other classes. You will see classroom spaces, and access BlackBoard and your e-mail account. Family and Friends Meeting will occur at the same time and help those close to you understand how to help you as you make the transition to college life. Everyone in your party - student and supporter must complete the registration form below.
- Welcome Fest is the last portion of the orientation process on September 4 on the main campus and September 5 at Frazier. College is fun, too! Student Programs and Resources, SPAR, will throw a welcome party and you are the guests of honor! You will be able to find out about and join clubs and organizations, socialize, eat, and pick up a welcome gift.