Are parents supposed to attend orientation?

There are special Smart Start Orientations geared toward all students and parents. At these Smart Starts, parents get a chance to visit with various offices and BHC staff to address questions related to registration, financial aid and other areas. Parents are also welcome to join students on the Mini-Orientations and Self-Guided Orientations.

What is covered in orientation?

The various orientation options provide students with information on success strategies, services available to students, college terminology and vocabulary, and locations of offices and resources on campus. Tours of the Quad-Cities Campus also are a part of all three orientations. During the Smart Start Orientations, students get a chance to meet BHC administrators, staff, faculty and students.

When are orientations?

Smart Start Orientations are offered on specific days in August and January, prior to the fall and spring semesters. Mini-Orientations are offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. Self-Guided Orientations are available anytime the college is open, and Online Orientations are available anytime, via a computer with Internet access.

How soon should I do an orientation?

New and returning students complete an orientation after (1) filling out the BHC application, (2) filling out the FAFSA, and (3) completing the ACCUPLACER assessment, but before classes start. Students may complete an orientation before or after visiting with an academic advisor.

How long is orientation?

Options vary in length. Smart Start Orientation typically lasts 2 ½ hours. Mini-Orientations, Self-Guided Orientations and Online Orientation last 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Is there a fee to attend orientation?


Is orientation mandatory?

No, orientation is not mandatory, but it’s strongly encouraged that new and returning students complete one of the orientation options in order to be successful and feel comfortable at Black Hawk College.