2-25: Mandatory New Student Orientation and Advising for First-Year Students Policy

Policy Overview

This policy is established to assist new students in successfully transitioning to college by requiring them to complete activities and programs that increase the likelihood of academic success and degree completion.

Scope and Applicability

This policy applies to all new, full-time, degree-seeking students with 15 or fewer completed, cumulative credits.

Policy Statement

All new, full-time, degree-seeking students with 15 or fewer completed, cumulative credits shall be required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) and meet with an advisor each semester until the student has earned 16 cumulative credits.  These requirements are designed to keep students on track, enhance student success and improve degree completion.


  1. New students Students who are seeking a degree and meet one of the conditions described below beginning May 20, 2014:
  2. Full-time is defined as enrolled in 12 or more credits for the semester.
  3. Degree Seeking means that the student has declared a program of study.

Statement of Accountability and Responsibility

The Vice President of Student Success (VPSS) shall be responsible for implementation, maintenance, oversight, and monitoring of this policy and the related procedures.

Background/Legal Reference

This topic will be/is covered in the Santa Fe Community College Catalog and on the SFCC website.


SFCC Governing Board Approved: 5/20/14


  1. New, full-time, degree-seeking students will be notified about the required New Student Orientation (NSO) and advising in their letter of admission.
  2. These students will have an automatic hold on their account preventing them from registering until they attend NSO and attend an advising session.
  3. After students attend NSO and complete their advising session, the registration hold will be lifted.
  4. Student transcripts will reflect attendance at NSO.
  5. Students are advised and given assistance to register at the conclusion of NSO.
  6. Students will be provided with information about programs and resources that are available to enhance student success (such as Tutoring, Disability Services, and TRIO).
  7. All students will be informed about their role and responsibility in being successful students and in achieving their academic and career goals.
  8. The advising hold will be placed on student accounts each semester until the students have earned 16 cumulative credits.
  9. Continuing students with fewer than 16 completed credits will be able to attend a group advising session or make an appointment to meet with individually with an advisor.
  10. Students who are unable to attend NSO and/or meet with an advisor in person will have alternative options to complete these activities.

Associated Procedures