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SOAR-Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration

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2017-2018 Spring Semester Dates for New First-Time Students

  • Dec 4th-5th, 2017
  • Jan 15th-16th, 2018

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.

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 early, students and their families can be assured that all required college business is taken care of prior to arriving on campus for classes, making the transition to college life much less stressful!

2017-2018 Spring Semester Dates for Transfer and Returning Students

  • Dec 5th, 2017
  • Jan 16th, 2018

SOAR Sessions are scheduled for two days—beginning at noon on Day 1 and ending at 4:00 p.m. on Day 2. All new, first-time students will be required to attend both days of the SOAR session. Transfer and returning students (with 12 or more passed credits) will only be required to attend the second day.

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!

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Goals of the Miles Community College SOAR Program:

  • Aid new students in making the transition from their previous environment to Miles Community College
  • Facilitate initial academic advising, placement testing, course selection, and registration
  • Acquaint new students and their families with the mission, programs, and services of Miles Community College
  • Introduce students and their families to the campus services and resources that will support their academic success and educational and personal goals
  • Acquaint and educate students of their academic and behavioral rights and responsibilities within the MCC campus community
  • Emphasize the importance of students being involved on campus and taking responsibility and initiative for their own educational growth and development
  • Enhance students' understandings of strategies for success and begin to understand their own potential and challenges
  • Enable students to begin to feel connected to the MCC community and feel confident and excited about their college choice

Student Learning Outcomes for the Miles Community College SOAR Program:

Students who attend the MCC SOAR Program will:

  • Successfully complete the advising and registration process and have their first semester schedule entered in Self-Service Banner
  • Apply knowledge of program scope and sequence and course requirements in their desired program of study (even if they are undecided) to the advising and registration process
  • Articulate academic policies and procedures critical to their academic success at Miles Community College
  • Be able successfully navigate both Self-Service Banner and the Canvas Learning Management System
  • Describe expectations for student conduct and behavior, both in the classroom and out
  • Be able to name and locate academic, student service, and social resources available to them
  • Identify barriers to and potential for college success and develop strategies for managing some of the transitional issues they may encounter

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 take placement tests, meet with an advisor, and register for first 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. Just be sure to tell us how many guests you’ll be bringing when you complete your SOAR registration online.

SOAR Classroom At SOAR, students will:

  • 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
  • Obtain student ID cards
  • Gain an understanding of degree and graduation requirements at MCC, and prepare to have an active role in the advising process
  • Complete placement testing 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!

ACCUPLACER Placement Testing

SOAR sessions include placement testing for new students. Depending on ACT/SAT scores and transfer credits, students may be exempt from placement testing. There is a $15 charge for the placement test; please be prepared to pay this fee at the time of arrival at your SOAR session.

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.

Questions? Contact or call 406-874-6101.

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