What Happens at Orientation

Your New Student Orientation will get you started on the path to success!

After submitting your application, please review your "New Student Checklist" in your MyHarper Portal.

Enjoy an overview.

Learn how to navigate your student portal, connect with resources and services to support your success.

Plan your path.

You will connect with an advisor who will help you choose an Area of Interest and create your first semester educational plan using Degree Works (accessed in your MyHarper Portal).

Be prepared to discuss the following: 

  • The Area of Interest you plan to pursue.
  • If you are planning to transfer, the colleges/universities you are considering.
  • Ways we can support you as a new student (e.g., study skills/time management, financial planning).

Register for classes.

During Orientation, you will register for classes and make payment arrangements. For most students, the first semester of college includes math, English, and Start Smart coursework. We'll show you how to manage everything through MyHarper Portal.

Watch these videos to learn more about how to get started:

How to Register for Courses

Find Your Educational Plan in Degree Works

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Navigating Your My Harper Portal

Accessing Online Course Content through Blackboard

Learn About the Focus 2 Career Assessment Tool

Books and supplies.

Visit the HarperStore for books, supplies and Harper gear.


We address many important "getting started" details in Orientation. Follow-up appointments and questions are encouraged. Please contact the Center for New Students and Orientation at cnso@harpercollege.edu.

For questions about registration, payment, and financial aid, please contact the One Stop.


Map of  , Room

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Center for New Students and Orientation



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