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SOAR-Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration


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

  • May 28, 2020
  • June 17, 2020
  • July 21, 2020
  • August 12, 2020
  • August 13, 2020
  • September 4, 2020
  • Online option available for 100% Online Student

Our campus continues to assess the national, regional, and local situation and is working closely with public health officials in our campus response to the ongoing health situation around COVID-19.

To reduce total group sizes at SOAR as well as to provide students and guests with alternate SOAR options, we have added virtual completion options to all of our SOAR sessions. Students who will be in on-campus classes for the fall can choose to complete SOAR either virtually (all can be completed from home) or in person – you’ll see virtual as a choice when you click “Register for SOAR Now”. While large portions of the virtual SOAR content is pre-recorded and can be viewed at any time, students registered for the virtual option should plan to be available online between 8:30-4:00 that day as students will have video advising appointments scheduled. Advising times will be set a few days in advance of each session.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on groups sizes and social distancing, our in-person SOAR session may not look how we would like it to normally look. During our SOAR sessions, we like getting to shake your hand when we meet you, visit with you in groups large and small, and have you interact with your peers and campus employees in a variety of settings. We are working to make our in-person SOAR sessions as engaging as possible, while still making sure we can adhere to guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy. To do this, some SOAR content will be delivered virtually, rather than in a face-to-face format. So, all students will have some virtual SOAR material to complete.

If you’re attending SOAR in person, we will have hand sanitizer and disposable face masks available if desired, or you may choose to bring your own. If you are registered for an in person session and would like to change to a virtual session, please email

Welcome to the Pioneer family! We’re so excited to have you begin your studies at MCC this year!

In preparation to make your transition to college as smooth as possible, we invite you to attend one of our Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) sessions this summer.

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

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.

SOAR Sessions 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 classes, so please plan your travel and accommodations accordingly. A light continental breakfast, and lunch for students and registered guests will be provided at no charge.

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.

2020 Admissions Applications Now Being Accepted New Student Placement Process High School GPA Placement Matrix 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.

Additional Information

Admissions Financial Aid Degrees and Programs Course Schedule

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 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

Please note that summer classes begin Monday, June 1st and Fall classes begin Wednesday, September 9th.
Our “Welcome Wagon” move in day for students living on campus will be Thursday, September 3rd.

We look forward to seeing you soon!