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First-Year Student Orientation

All new Prairie State College (PSC) students are required to attend an orientation session after completing your PSC Admissions Application.

Why should you attend First-Year Student Orientation? Research shows that students who participate in First-Year Student Orientation programs generally perform better academically than those who do not attend. You will be able to eliminate the “I didn’t know” factor by exploring and discovering important information about PSC, including what you need to do to succeed and the resources that you can use. The First-Year Student Orientation program at PSC will provide you with the following opportunities and information:

Discover: You will find out what you will need to be successful at PSC. You will discover the expectations your instructors will have and why attending class is critical. What career are you interested in? Are you planning to transfer to a four-year college or university? What courses should you take your first semester?

Explore: You will meet new and current students and others in the PSC community. You will hear about the services we offer, where you can get additional help with your courses, and where you can get your ID and parking pass. You will explore our campus and learn where the Library, Enrollment Services and Financial Aid are located. You also will find out about where you can get scholarship help.

Pioneer: As a new student at PSC, you will become a PSC Pioneer! You will find out about the various opportunities and organizations that await you when you become part of the PSC family.

Your First-Year Student Orientation requirement can be fulfilled either by attending a face-to-face presentation. Spring 2016 dates are available.  Reserve a spot in a day or time most convenient to you, or by completing the Online Orientation course. Note: In order to have the requirement met through the online viewing, you will need to have your PSC student ID included in your profile. If you have issues with the Online Orientation, visit Information Technology Resources (ITR) for help.

Questions? Please call the First Year Experience Office at (708) 709-3639 or (708) 709-3622.

$$$$$ Don’t wait to start the financial aid process!  Go to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.gov) and start your 2015-16 application for the spring semester now.  If you have questions, the Prairie State Financial Aid Office web site might be able to help you.  For further information, you can check the Illinois Student Aid Commission (ISAC).

For more about the application process and steps for enrollment, see the New Student Roadmap (PDF).

First-Year Student Orientation Registration Form

All sessions will start in the Conference Center.