New Student Orientation

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Orientation provides you with the information, resources and tools you’ll need to be successful at College of Alameda and is mandatory for all new students. Orientation is an important resource for new students and must be completed before you can schedule an assessment test, meet with your counselor and register for classes.

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There are two ways to complete orientation. If English is your first language, you will need to complete the orientation online. If English is not your first language, and you plan on taking ESL courses, we still highly encourage you to take the online orientation (offered in Spanish and Chinese). However, you will also be required to attend the in-person ESL orientation offered by the ESL department during the first week of the semester.  See below for more information.

 

Online Orientation: 

If English is your first language, continue with the steps below to complete your Mandatory Online Orientation and receive your certificate.

Enter the Online Orientation by clicking “Begin Orientation” above, and save your progress by entering your student information. If you have already applied to the college, finding your Student ID # is easy from any computer! Just log into your Passport account and your Student ID # will be located in the upper left corner. If you have never logged into Passport before, click on the “Forgot your Password?” link on the Passport home page and follow the steps to retrieve it.

After you complete your orientation, print out your certificate of completion and bring it with you to your Assessment appointment. Note: completion of orientation is required before taking the placement test.

Assessment is located at the Cougar Village Portables Room CV-124

Note: If you are a new matriculating student at College of Alameda and have completed assessment or completed a math & english course at another non-Peralta college, you may be exempt from assessment. However you must still complete the online orientation . After you complete the orientation, print out your certificate of completion and bring it with you along with your completed exemption form (and supporting documention) to your counseling appointment. You will not be able to make an appointment to see a counselor without all of these components.

 

ESL Orientation:

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Orientation is offered by the ESL Department during the first week of the semester. If applicable, we highly encourage you to complete the online orientation (offered in Spanish and Chinese) prior to your ESL assessment test.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Assessment Department at (510) 748-5267 for more information about the ESL Orientation and Assessment.

 

FAQs

Print out your completion certificate and make an appointment for assessment or if you do not need to take the assessment (for example, exempt or non-matriculating students may not need to Assess), bring your certificate of completion with you to your initial counseling appointment along with your supporting documentation (transcripts, placement scores, or AP scores).

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No. If you are attending college somewhere else and you only plan on taking 1-2 courses during one of our intersessions, you are not considered a matriculating student.

Please fill out the “Release of Enrollment Hold – Exemption from all SSSP Services” form and submit the form via Fax (510) 748-5208 or email <a href=”mailto:COA3SPexemption@peralta.edu”>COA3SPexemption@peralta.edu</a>.

Note: once you turn in this form, your status will be changed from “Matriculating” to “Exempt” and you will not be eligible for priority enrollment in subsequent terms.

Even if you have records from another college campus, if you are going to be attending College of Alameda and you are planning on transferring to a 4-year university from our campus or if you plan on obtaining an AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degree from us, you ARE considered a new matriculating student to our campus and you must complete our mandatory online orientation. However, you may be exempt from taking our English & math assessment if you have completed a math & English course at another college (unofficial transcript must be provided) or if you have taken an assessment at another college that can be used by a counselor to appropriately place you. Please fill out the “Release of Enrollment Hold – Exemption from Assessment” form and bring all supporting documentation with you to your initial counseling appointment.

Yes. If you have not completed the orientation within the last 3 years, you must still complete the orientation. You will still receive college credit for the courses that you took at the community college as a high school student but when you apply to College of Alameda for the Fall semester, you are considered a new matriculating student and you must complete our mandatory online orientation.

Yes. In addition to English, we also offer our online orientation in Spanish and Chinese. If you are still unable to complete the orientation in the other languages offered, please contact the Assessment Department (510) 748-5267 for more information.

The orientation program is built using Flash, but this won’t prevent you from using your tablet to view the presentation. You can visit either Google Play (Android) or the Apple App Store (iOS) and download a cloud-based browser, such as Puffin. This browser is free and will allow you to access any Flash-based web content on your mobile device.

After selecting the accessible version option, you need to turn your screen reader off. There are built in accessibility functions within the orientation program that conflict with screen reader commands. If you do not turn off your screen reader, the built-in accessible features will not work properly.