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SOAR-Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration

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2018 Dates for all New First Time, Transfer, and Returning Students

  • May 15th
  • June 26th
  • July 12th
  • July 31st
  • August 15th
  • August 31st

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 are required to attend an Orientation session before they register for their first semester courses at Miles Community College. By completing a SOAR session this summer, students and their families can be assured that all required college business is taken care of prior to arriving on campus for fall classes, making the transition to college life much less stressful!

You may choose to attend any of our six SOAR Sessions. SOAR Sessions will begin at approximately 8:30am and conclude by 4:30pm. Please plan your travel and accommodations accordingly, as attendance at the full day event is required in order to register for classes. A light continental breakfast, and lunch for students and guests will be provided.

Because each session is capped at 35, advance registration is required, and students will be registered for SOAR on a first come, first served basis. Click “Register for SOAR Now!” to reserve your spot!

You must be accepted for admission before you can attend SOAR, and both high school and 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.

Fall 2018 Admissions Application Deadline: Thursday, August 30th 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.

Additional Information

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 4th and Fall classes begin Wednesday, September 5th.
Our “Welcome Wagon” move in day for students living on campus will be Thursday, August 30th.

We look forward to seeing you soon!
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