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Orientation Frequently Asked Questions-Agenda

Registration Plus Agenda
Event lasts Four hours
Topics & Presentations

  • (*OPTIONAL BEFORE SESSION) TSI Placement Testing
  • Welcome & Orientation Leader introductions
  • Collin College and Registration Overview
  • Concurrent & Individual & Academic Advising and Registration

For more questions about new student orientation, please email orientation@collin.edu.
*Evening and Saturday events will have an abbreviated session

Orientation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 
Currently, finishing the Online Orientation is how to complete the Mandatory Orientation Hold.

Is Orientation mandatory?
All First Time in College (FTIC) students at Collin College are required to complete the Mandatory Online Orientation prior to registering for classes.
All new students (non-FTIC) and FTIC students who have completed Online Orientation can participate in an optional Registration Plus session after they have completed the mandatory online orientation.

How much does the Registration Plus session cost?
It is FREE! Students sign-up to attend a Registration Plus session, after completing the Online Orientation, through our Eventbrite website.

How long is Online Orientation and Registration Plus session?
Students completing the Online Orientation are able to complete this on their own schedule, but are required to complete the entire session to receive credit. It takes about 30-45 minutes. The Online Orientation can be done as your schedule permits, but must be fully completed to have the hold removed or to sign up for a Registration Plus session.
Each Registration Plus session lasts four hours. Students are required to have the Mandatory Orientation hold removed prior to signing up for a Registration Plus session and are expected to attend the entire session. 

Where will Registration Plus sessions be held?
Registration Plus sessions will be held on-campus in the conference centers on four campuses (Frisco Campus, McKinney Campus, Plano Campus, & Wylie Campus). Celina Campus Room TBA.  Farmersville Campus Room 111. Go to Directions for the specific directions for each campus. 

What if I am unable to attend a Registration Plus session?”
Collin College offers an Online Orientation to have students Mandatory Orientation Hold removed in CougarWeb (our student platform: Cougarweb.collin.edu). After students complete the Online Orientation and the remaining registration holds are removed, they can register for courses online.  Registration Plus sessions are additional opportunities to help students get advised and registered for courses in one day, but are not required. You can find sign-up information on the New Student Orientation Registration website: https://www.collin.edu/gettingstarted/explore/orientation_registration.html 

Can I attend a Registration Plus session at a different campus than where I am planning on taking classes?
Yes, you can attend a Registration Plus session on any of the campuses, when scheduled. The information is the same.

What topics will be covered during the Registration Plus session?
We will have presentations such as a Collin College and Registration overview, Academic Advising, and Course Registration sessions.

Will I be meeting with an academic advisor and registering for classes during Registration Plus?
Yes.  At each Registration Plus session, all students who have registration holds completed will be able to register for courses with an Academic Advisor.  FTIC students will be required to have completed the Mandatory Online Orientation prior to signing up for a Registration Plus session.

Are the Admissions, Financial Aid, or Academic Advising offices open during a Registration Plus session?
All of the offices are available before or after Registration Plus (except for weekend events and some evening sessions). Registration Plus is not a come-and-go event.

Can I drop off my meningitis vaccination records or transcripts at the Registration Plus session?
You can drop off these documents to the Admissions Office before or after the Registration Plus session when their offices are open.  You can also submit your vaccination records through Med+Proctor.

Will I get my student ID at the Registration Plus session?
Student ID Cards are available to students at the Office of Student Engagement after registering for courses and allowing at least 24 hours after enrolling in courses to have their ID Card made. Students who are primarily taking courses online can request their Student ID online through Collin College’s Student Involvement Platform, Cougar Connect (https://collin.campuslabs.com/engage/) . Students will need to log in using their Collin College login information and complete the “Online Student ID Form” that can be found in the forms tab. Once a student has met all of the requirements, the ID will be mailed directly to the student.

Will there be food served at Registration Plus?
Food will not be provided during the sessions.

What do I need to bring to the Registration Plus session?
Bring your event ticket for the Registration Plus session, information to complete any remaining registration holds, and a willingness to learn about all that Collin College has to offer and learn about course registration.

Can my parents/guest attend the Registration Plus session?
Parents & Guests over 18 years old may attend a Registration Plus session, but do not need to register for the event. They will sit separately from the student throughout the event and will be admitted into the session, if space allows. Collin College offers a Parent & Family Online Orientation by clicking Parent & Family Orientation link

Can children attend the Registration Plus session?
It is against Collin College policy for students, parents, or guests to bring children under the age of 18 to new student orientation or to class. The exception is if the child under 18 is registering for courses at Collin College in the next term.

Will I be able to take the Texas Success Initiatives (TSI) Assessment during Registration Plus session?
Before each Registration Plus session (except Saturday sessions) we will have a time for students to complete the TSI assessment before attending the Registration Plus session. The test may last up to 5 hours.  Completing the TSI, or having approved exemptions prior to attending the Registration Plus session. Prior to taking the TSI, students must complete a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA).  
Click here to take the Pre-Assessment Activity.  You can also schedule  to take the TSI test by going to https://www.collin.edu/studentresources/testing/availabletesting/tsi.html. 

Will I meet with faculty members during a Registration Plus session?
Some Faculty will help with course registration during Registration Plus sessions.  There will be an opportunity to connect with faculty during the extended orientation, C.A.T. Camp events.

Will I meet with campus resources or student organizations during a Registration Plus session?
There will not be a campus resource fair during Registration Plus sessions. There will be an opportunity to connect withcampus resources during the extended orientation, C.A.T. Camp events.

Where do I park for the Registration Plus sessions and what will it cost?
Parking at Collin College is FREE. We encourage attendees of our Registration Plus sessions to park as close to the Conference Center as possible (just follow the signs on campus).  Go to Directions for the specific directions for each campus. 
After you register for courses (and waiting 24-hours), you can obtain your Student ID Card and FREE parking permit at the Office of Student Engagement on the Plano, McKinney, Frisco, and Wylie campuses.  Students at the Celina, Allen Technical Center, and Farmersville campuses should visit the Student Enrollment Services one-stop shop to obtain their Student ID Card and FREE parking permit. 

After I have completed orientation and registered for courses, are there any other events that can help prepare me for the semester?
Once you have completed Orientation, take the next step to prepare you for your educational journey at Collin College with C.A.T. Camp (Cougars Achieve Together)
This FREE, interactive session will provide new students with some in-depth resources, tips, and tricks from current students, connections to campus, and help you feel a part of the Collin College Community. This event is for new students at Collin College who have already completed orientation and registered for courses!

When is C.A.T. Camp?  
C.A.T. Camp will occur in late july and August prior to the fall semester.  Registration for all C.A.T. Camp events will begin on June 1.

How much does C.A.T. Camp cost?
It is FREE! Students sign-up to attend a C.A.T. Camp event, after completing the Online Orientation and registering courses, through our Eventbrite website.

Will there be food served at C.A.T. Camp?
Food will be provided during the event.

Can my parents/guests/children attend C.A.T. Camp?
Due to space restrictions, we are unable to accommodate parentsm children, or guests during C.A.T. Camp. Collin College offers a Parent & Family Online Orientation by clicking Parent & Family Orientation link.
It is against Collin College policy for students, parents, or guests to bring children under the age of 18 to new student orientation or to class. The exception is if the child under 18 is registering for courses at Collin College in the next term.

If you have questions that are not addressed through this document, please contact us at orientation@collin.edu or 972-881-5788.

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