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Orientation at Northern Essex Community College

Welcome to NECC!

Your first step as a student is to complete the mandatory NECC Student Orientation. Orientation is the best way to get acquainted with NECC, prepare for the start of classes, and learn how we can support you along the way.

Students have two options to choose from: 1) Watch self-paced orientation videos now (further down the page), or 2) Sign up to participate in a live, remote orientation webinar.

Self-Paced Student Orientation—Complete Now!

To complete this self-paced Student Orientation (below), you must:

  1. Watch all the closed captioned videos in each of the five sections
  2. Complete the required survey
  3. Submit survey and Advising will contact you for an appointment

If you are choosing the self-paced NECC Student Orientation option, let’s begin! (see videos below)

Live Orientation Webinar

There are no upcoming live orientation webinars scheduled. Please complete the self-paced option.

Accommodations or Interpreting Services

Interpreting Hands IconIf you require accommodations or interpreting services for either orientation option, contact the Learning Accommodations Center to make confidential arrangements.

Email: lacenter@necc.mass.edu

Phone: 978-556-3654


Section 1: Welcome to NECC!

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

Welcome to Northern Essex Community College

Welcome Message from President Lane Glenn.

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Welcome to NECC Student Orientation

Find out how to complete orientation and what you can expect to learn.

Section 2: Life of a Student/Policy and Resources

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

Student Rights and Code of Conduct

Learn about your rights and responsibilities as an NECC student.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

Student Success Resources

Explore the many Academic and Student Support Resources available to help you succeed at NECC.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

Academic Centers

Students will connect to an Academic Center based on their academic pathway. Learn what they have to offer students in their programs.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

Get Involved at NECC

There is much more to college than just going to class. Find out how you can get involved in student engagement opportunities at NECC.

Section 3: Paying for College

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

Paying for College

Students have a variety of payment options to help pay for the costs associated with college, including grants, loans, scholarships, and payment plans. Explore each option to develop a plan to pay for college.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

Budgeting for College Students

As a college student, it is important to balance the costs of college and other life expenses. Discover how you can practice budgeting strategies and ways NECC can help you save money.

Section 4: Academic Planning and Advising

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Academic Advising

Learn how Academic Advising can support you in getting on the path to achieving your goals.

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Transfer Opportunities

NECC has many transfer agreements and other arrangements where you can save time and money by taking advantage of possible guaranteed transfer of credits, among other benefits.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

Preparing to Meet with an Advisor

Find out what you can do ahead of time to get the most out of your Advising experience.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

Planning Your Schedule

Students must create a schedule that works for them. Academic Advisors can guide you through the planning process Find out what you can do ahead of time to get the most out of your Advising experience.

Section 5: Complete Required Survey and Next Steps

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Next Steps After Orientation

As an incoming student, there are some more items you may need complete in preparation for the start of classes. Find out what steps are next for you to meet with an Academic Advisor, create your class schedule, and more. This includes completing the required Orientation Completion Survey.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

Get Connected! Using Technology at NECC

Learn how to log into your myNECC portal, student email, Blackboard, DegreeWorks, and how to sign up for NECC alerts.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

Get Connected! Using Navigate

Learn how to access the Navigate app, customize your settings, schedule appointments and familiarize yourself with additional features such as the Major Explorer, Schedule Planner, and more!

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

“We’re All In This Together”

All of us at NECC are so glad you are here! There is a lot of uncertainty right now, however, there is one thing you can be sure of, we are all in this together.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

Estamos Contigo

Si necesita algo durante estos tiempos difíciles, comuníquese. ¡Estamos aquí para ayudar!

Orientation Completion

Thank you for watching all the NECC Student Orientation Videos.

We hope you learned a lot about what NECC has to offer, and how we can support you in this journey with us. You can come back to these videos as often as you would like. Students must complete the required survey. Once submitted, the Orientation Team will process your response and an Academic Advisor will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Orientation Completion Survey
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