Orientation at MCC
New Student Orientation provides an opportunity for students to get acquainted with Mott Community College. Orientation must be completed after the placement assessment, but before registering for classes. Orientation provides our students with valuable information including, but not limited to, Financial Aid, Student Success Services, MyBackpack, Degree Pathways, Career Exploration, Academic Advising and Success Strategies. It also provides our students with an opportunity to learn about campus resources and ask any questions that they may have about their educational experience.
Who Must Attend Orientation?
Students who are seeking a degree or certificate must attend Orientation prior to enrolling for classes.* This also includes, but is not limited to, transfer students, re-admitting students, dual-enrolled students, early admittance students, and/or any other degree or certificate seeking student. Students who admit to MCC as a Guest Student or Non-Candidate for Degree student will be waived from Orientation, but are welcome to attend Orientation.
* - During times of high enrollment or individual circumstances, orientation may be deferred until the term begins.
How to schedule your orientation
Placement Testing must be scheduled before Orientation. If you have any questions contact Counseling & Student Development Office in Prahl College Center PCC2030 at (810) 762-0377.
There are certain enrollment periods throughout the year or due to individual circumstances when orientation may be deferred. With a deferred orientation, you are provided information and resources in advance, to prepare you for your first advising session with an academic advisor. It is important that you review this information prior to your first advising session, so the academic advisor can answer any questions, provide additional guidance, and discuss individual success strategies, academic and non- academic resources and online tools available to you. You will be required to schedule and attend an orientation prior to the next enrollment period. If orientation is not completed, you will be ineligible to register prior and additional restrictions may apply.
The Mott Community College Preview
The Mott Community College Preview is an online preview designed to help you familiarize yourself with the campus, online tools and services available to you as a student. After completing the Mott Community College Preview, you will have an overview of MCC, our enrollment process, online tools, academic support systems, and be provided with information regarding the multiple options to pay for college and learn about campus life outside of the classroom.
Please make sure you have pen and paper to jot down any questions or notes that you want to cover with an academic advisor during your first advising session!
Learning "My Backpack"
"My Backpack" is an online tool for MCC students. My Backpack is used for several purposes which include course planning, communicating with your advisor, course registration, finance information and financial aid. In your "My Backpack", you can track progress towards fulfilling degree requirements, reviewing placement assessment scores and communicate with your advisor for planning courses. Features of "My Backpack" also includes being able to build a course schedule that is tailored to you, registering for courses, ensuring those courses meet your degree requirements and making payment or checking your financial aid status.
During your first advising session with an academic advisor, your advisor will use the "My Backpack" tools to load courses that meet your degree requirements and our Career and Enrollment Center staff will assist you in determining open sections that fit your schedule. To prepare for your advising session, we have included two "My Backpack" tutorials to introduce you to the features of this online tool.
Planning and Registering
Your Academic Advising Syllabus
Financial Aid and Other Ways to Pay
As you begin the enrollment process at MCC, it’s never too early to begin the steps to secure your method of payment or begin your Financial Aid application. There are several ways to pay for classes, so it’s best to start planning this now or completing the free Federal Application for Federal Student Aid.