New Student Orientation

What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation will give you the tools and information you need to be successful at SFCC. Select a topic below to find out more.

After attending New Student Orientation, I will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the campus culture and environment
  • Feel connected to the SFCC community
  • Recognize that the college and I share responsibility for my academic success
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of my educational pathway

After this session, I will:

  • Understand my career categories/ interests and strengths in relation to the Holland's assessment
  • Begin the process of thinking about how to apply my Holland results to the selection of my degree, which includes my academic plan
  • Acknowledge I received information about how changing my degree impacts financing of tuition and my time for completion

After this session, I will:

  • Know how to navigate SFCC's website and where to locate online resources
  • Learn basic academic terminology
  • Demonstrate that I comprehend the importance of 'planning for completion' by developing my own completion plan

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the New Student Orientation?
Students without previous college experience and who have completed a placement or submitted alterative placement documents through the Testing Center may attend.

Why should I attend?
  • You receive a priority registration date.
  • You can meet with an adviser and register for classes.
  • New Student Orientation will familiarize you with resources available to students at SFCC.
How long does it take?
New Student Orientation, academic consulting, and registration requires a minimum of 3 hours.

How do I make an appointment?
  • A staff member will sign you up after taking your placement test or alternative placement testing.
  • If you tested at another location, please contact the Testing Center for an appointment:
    (509) 533-3401
Unsure of which program of study to choose? Browse our programs!

Contact Us

New Student Orientation for High School Graduates

New Student Orientations for seniors graduating in 2017

May 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
May 25, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

To support the transition of our area high school graduates to Spokane Falls Community College, we invite counselors and career specialists to partner with us in our High School New Student Orientation (NSO) events. In May, we invite our high school seniors to engage early in their college experience by attending New Student Orientation and registering for classes. Contact Lori Williams, Student Recruitment Manager, at
(509) 533-3527.

Getting Started - A checklist for students

  • Apply for admissions online
  • Apply for financial aid - Note the new October priority funding deadline
  • Activate ctcLink account
  • Confirm English and Math placement
  • Complete a Career Coach Personality Profile
  • Schedule a New Student Orientation

Why join the SFCC community?

  1. Affordability - save money!
  2. Start Here - Transfer There. We will help you to transfer to the four-year school of your choice.
  3. Location - close to everything (i.e. home, city and the outdoors)
  4. Connections with excellent faculty and small class sizes
  5. Career/Technical degrees and transfer degrees for Arts and Sciences
  6. Campus resources, such as tutoring, peer mentoring, student clubs and activities

For more information about SFCC, please contact Lori Williams, Student Recruitment Manager at (509) 533-3527.


  • Apply Now - Free
  • In two to three business days you will receive notification by email to activate your ctcLink Account to access your Student Center. Check your email, including junk folder, for SFCC information.
  • You will need to activate your account prior to New Student Orientation. Hint: Create a password that you will remember as you will access your Student Center frequently.

Financial Aid

  • Apply as early as October 1!
    Start Here - Go Further - Federal Student Aid
    Federal School Code 009544
  • The FAFSA and all requested documents must be received by the Financial Aid Office no later than the priority funding date shown on the Financial Aid webpage.
  • Check your Student Center in ctcLink regularly for requested documentation and updates.
  • When you are completing your FASFA online, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to download tax information for you and your parents.