Welcome to WSCC
Since you were unable to attend an on-campus orientation, you will be completing your orientation online. Orientation at Washington State is mandatory because we feel that it is important for all new students to have a clear understanding about college-level expectations and how to be a successful college student.
There are two segments in this orientation. Please make sure that you carefully read the orientation guide document as you will have to complete an orientation assessment to measure your understanding of the material. As a degree-seeking student, you must complete the orientation in order to receive your college id and be able to purchase your books in the bookstore.
How to be Successful in College
Congratulations! This orientation marks your official start to college. While we are pleased to see that you have enrolled in college, our goal is to make sure that you complete college. Washington State Community College is focused on your success. Here are the top 10 things that you need to know to be successful.
#10: Attend class. You can't learn if you aren't in class. Simple, huh?
#9: Become your own advocate. It is important that you ask questions when you have them and seek help when you need it.
#8: Sit in the front of the class. This helps you get to know your instructor and it helps make sure that you stay focused.
#7: Define your goals. All students are different and by understanding your goals you can create a plan to help you achieve those goals.
#6: Take only the classes that you need for your major. By doing so, you can make sure that you stay on track with your degree and you complete your education on-time with less loan-debt!
#5: Meet with your advisor...often. Now that you are an official college student, you will be assigned an academic advisor based on the major you have chosen. It is important that you meet with him/her regularly so you can stay on track. You should meet with your advisor before you register each term and anytime that you want to make changes to your schedule.
#4: Understand how financial aid works. At Washington State, more than 70% of our students receive financial aid. Changes to your schedule can impact your eligibility for financial aid so be sure to consult with our financial aid staff before withdrawing from a course.
#3: Get involved. Student life is an important aspect of college. Clubs and organizations help you feel connected to school and you may be less likely to drop out if you feel that connection.
#2: Use college resources, including those that are online. Washington State offers many types of resources to help you succeed. You should make sure that you understand online resources like WebAdvisor so you have immediate access to managing your schedule, viewing your aid, etc. You can log-in to WebAdvisor by going to https://my.wscc.edu.
#1: Never, ever give up. College is not going to be easy but everyone here wants to see you succeed. When times get tough, reach out to your advisor, your instructors, or our staff. And remember :
If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.
If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.