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SOAR-Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration

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Upcoming Dates for all New First Time, Transfer, and Returning Students

  • January 14, 2020

Dear New Miles Community College Student,

Welcome to the Pioneer Family! Miles Community College is excited that you will begin your educational career with us! We hope you are equally excited about this new chapter in your life. In preparation to make your transition to college as smooth as possible, we invite you to complete our Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) process this winter.

All new students, including transfer students and students returning after an absence of more than five years, are required to complete an Orientation session before they register for their first semester courses at Miles Community College.

We will host one on-campus SOAR session, which is required for all students who will be taking any classes on campus or who will be living on campus. That session will be held Tuesday, January 14, from 8:30-4:00pm. Spring Semester classes begin Wednesday, January 15.

Students will be able to register in advance of SOAR attendance by completing the “My MCC 101” modules in Canvas, our online learning management system. “My MCC 101” will provide students with important information about the registration and enrollment process, and will collect information about the student’s academic plan that will be shared with an advisor prior to pre-registration. Students will be administratively preregistered for core classes, and will then meet in person with an academic advisor at SOAR on January 14 to finalize registration or make any needed changes.

The SOAR Session will begin at approximately 8:30am and conclude by 4:00pm. Depending on program advisor availability, some students may be done earlier in the day. However, please note that attendance at the full day event is required in order to register for and begin classes, so please plan your time off work, and travel and lodging accommodations accordingly. A light continental breakfast, and lunch for students and registered guests will be provided at no charge.

All admissions checklist items, including high school transcripts and official college transcripts, should be submitted to the admissions office as soon as possible, as registration will not be allowed until those items are received. Students requiring placement testing should plan to complete any testing needs before meeting with an advisor. Please see the enclosed placement guide for more information.

Parents and guests are also encouraged to attend SOAR with you, as there is programming specifically for them. Just be sure to tell us how many guests you’ll be bringing when you complete your SOAR registration online.

If you do not live in Miles City and will be a distance-only student (meaning you are enrolled in one of our distance programs, will take NO on-campus classes and will take only online or ITV classes) you may be eligible to complete SOAR fully online. Please indicate your interest in this by checking the appropriate box on the SOAR online registration form, and we will contact you about your eligibility. Please note that deadlines for submission of admissions checklist items and placement testing still apply.

Again, SOAR is required for all new students. Advance registration is also required, and students will be pre-registered for classes on a first come, first served basis. Please visit our website (registration instructions enclosed) as soon as possible to reserve your spot, and for more information about the SOAR program.

You must be accepted for admission before you can attend SOAR, and all admissions checklist items, including high school transcripts and official college transcripts, should be on file with our admissions office before you attend. Students requiring placement testing should plan to complete any testing needs before arriving on campus for SOAR. Please see “New Student Placement Process” for more information.

2019 Admissions Applications Now Being Accepted New Student Placement Process Travel and Lodging Information

Before arriving on campus for your scheduled SOAR session, you will need to complete “My MCC 101” in Canvas, our online learning management system. You’ll be sent this information a few weeks in advance of your scheduled SOAR date. Completing these pre-orientation modules in advance of attending the face-to-face portion of SOAR means that we can keep SOAR programming as relevant and informative as possible, and make the best use of your time on campus.

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Register for SOAR Now! SOAR sessions will allow new students to become acquainted with the programs and support services available at MCC and will introduce them to their responsibilities as an MCC student. Students will also meet with an advisor, and register for summer and/or fall semester classes.

Parents and guests are also encouraged to attend SOAR with you, as there is programming specifically for them. They will meet college officials, learn about campus services, and understand more about the Miles Community College community.

At SOAR, students will:

  • Meet fellow students and MCC faculty, staff, and administration
  • Learn to use MCC’s Canvas and Banner systems, which provide online access to registration, schedules, grades, bills, & online course content
  • Learn about student organizations and student life, including housing and dining
  • Gain an understanding of degree and graduation requirements at MCC, and prepare to have an active role in the advising process
  • Meet with an academic advisor and register for classes

Students and their guests will:

  • Learn about the many resources available to MCC students
  • Learn about student safety, student privacy, and FERPA
  • Learn about financial aid, billing policies, and debt management
  • Enjoy lunch on us in the MCC Café
  • ...and much, much more!

What if I’ll be completing my degree online?

If you do not live in Miles City and will be a distance-only student (meaning you’ll take NO on-campus classes and will take only online or ITV classes) you may be eligible to complete SOAR online (placement testing must still be completed in person or an approved remote testing site). Please contact Student Services at 406.874.6101 or email Admissions@milescc.edu to request and make arrangements for this option.

Who do I contact with questions about SOAR?

As always, please feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns you may have.

Call 406-874-6101 or email Admissions@milescc.edu

We look forward to seeing you soon!