Congratulations college graduate!

Get the information you need to be a successful student!

New Student Orientation gives you the resources, help, and advisor interaction you need to get started in your first quarter at Lower Columbia College.

New Student Orientation provides students with strategies for success! Read more below.

  Important Information about New Student Orientation

Students who attend a New Student Orientation are more prepared for their college experience, and more successful in reaching their academic goals.

You will receive important student information, learn about our college's services and resources, meet with an Entry Advisor, review your program, and get help registering for your first quarter of classes.

It is the perfect opportunity to ask questions.

If you are working towards a degree or certificate at Lower Columbia College, you may need to attend an orientation before registering for your first quarter of classes.

Attend if you are a:

  • New student with no previous college experience.
  • New student with previous college experience.
  • Returning student who has not enrolled at LCC for 2+ years.
  • New student planning to work on a fully online degree.

Not required if you are a:

  • Returning student who has enrolled at LCC within the last 2 years.
  • Current student who has already enrolled and is working towards a degree or certificate at LCC.

New Student Orientation sessions occur quarterly starting on the first day of open registration, and continue until the week before classes start.

Orientations take place in classrooms across the campus. Orientations are two hours long and consist of a one-hour presentation outlining information students need most as they get started, followed by an opportunity to meet with an advisor, review your program plan, and ask any questions. You can choose to register for your classes at that time, or you can wait and register yourself later. 

Parking is available in any non-reserved parking spot in a campus parking lot. You do not need a parking pass.

We recommend signing up for your orientation as soon as possible.

Doing so provides you with more class options and gives you plenty of time to prepare for the upcoming quarter.

How to Sign Up

  By Telephone: call the Testing Office at (360) 442-2353

  In Person: Visit the Testing Center located in the Admissions Center, in person, during regular business hours

Note: No fee is required. 


Some students may need to have their placement levels assessed before signing up for New Student Orientation.

Since students have varying circumstances, it is best to find out by calling our office at (360) 442-2353. You may also see our quick start checklist.

If it is determined you need a placement assessment, please see Placement Assessment.

What to Bring on Orientation Day

  • Valid ID (driver's license, passport, school ID).
  • Unofficial copy of your transcript* (if you are transferring credits earned at another institution).

Request an official transcript, and complete a transcript evaluation to transfer your credits towards your degree or certificate.

Please follow instructions at Transcript Evaluation.

Help us improve the New Student Orientation experience by completing our evaluation.

Your feedback is appreciated. We will use it to improve future New Student Orientations. Your information is confidential.

  Take the Evaluation

Contact Advising & Entry Services

Advising and Entry Services is conveniently located in the lobby of the Admissions Center. Make an appointment to discuss your future by visiting the Entry Center in person during regular business hours (M-F: 8 am - 5 pm), email, or call (360) 442-2311. Registration and Financial Aid counters open at 10 am on Fridays.

Entry & Transfer Advising

 Kristy Gutierrez

  (360) 442-2357

 Alejandra Sanchez

  (360) 442-2355

 Ian Triana

  (360) 442-2425

Pre-Nursing Advising

 Donovan Tate

  (360) 442-2351

Director of Advising & Testing

 Byron Ford

  (360) 442-2354

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