The MCC mascot, Roary the lion, stands before the door to building B. A banner says Welcome Students.

New Student Orientation

We are excited to meet and welcome you as a member of the MCC Scots Family!

New Student Orientation (NSO) is:

  • one of the first steps in beginning your academic journey at McHenry County College.
  • an important program designed to support your success at MCC!

All new full-time students are required to complete NSO in order to register as full-time students.

While NSO is optional for new part-time students, we strongly encourage you to take it.

When Will You Attend MCC?

  • Spring 2023
    1. Complete Online New Student Orientation »
    2. Online NSO requires your MCC username and password to be completed. You will receive your login information within 72 hours after you've submitted your application. Guest Access does not require login information but does not complete the Online NSO requirement.
    3. Contact Advising to set up your courses for the Spring semester. You can schedule your appointment online, call (815) 479-7565 or stop by the Advising office in A257.
    4. High School Students: Submit your High School Transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, and AP scores to the MCC Admissions office

      College/University Students: If you're transferring from another college or university, send a copy of your official transcripts to the MCC Admissions office

  • Summer 2023

    Thank you for your interest in getting started at MCC in the Summer 2023 semester! The summer schedule will be viewable on February 13 and general registration will begin on March 13. Summer students that intend to continue into the fall semester must complete the 2-part orientation experience. If you are a summer-only student, visit here for more information. If you have any questions, contact orientation@mchenry.edu.

  • Fall 2023

    To ensure that you are comfortable and prepared before the semester begins, please join us for our 2-part orientation experience.

    Part I: Online Orientation

    Part I of our experience provides an in-depth overview of the College’s services, resources, support systems, and other opportunities. This should take approximately 30 minutes to complete; however, you can stop and restart the orientation session at any time.

    Once you complete Part I: Online Orientation, you will be automatically enrolled into the next upcoming Part II: In-Person New Student Orientation. Emails with your Orientation information will be sent out to your MCC student-issued email in early March. Click on the link below to start the 2-part process!

    Start Part I: Online New Student Orientation »

    • Part I: Online NSO requires your MCC username and password to be completed. You will receive your login information within 72 hours after you've submitted your application. Guest Access does not require login information but does not complete the Online NSO requirement. Contact orientation@mchenry.edu if you’ve completed the Online Guest Orientation.

    Part II: In-Person New Student Orientation and Course Registration

    After completing Part I, students will automatically be enrolled in Part II: In-Person Orientation. Orientation information will be sent out to your MCC student-issued email in early March.

    At our in-person Orientation students will:

    • Register for classes with Academic Advisors and MCC Staff
    • Get an MCC Student ID
    • Meet MCC Faculty
    • Learn about services, resources, and support programs
    • Enjoy some food, games, and, of course, winning prizes and other giveaways!

    If you are unable to attend your assigned in-person Orientation date or have any other questions, please contact orientation@mchenry.edu