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Congratulations on your acceptance to Anne Arundel Community College. Welcome to the Riverhawk family!

Our team is excited to help you begin your journey toward academic success. From day one with New Student Orientation until the end of the year, we are here for you! 

We host fun, social events and skill-based workshops aimed at helping you get adjusted to college. Dedicated to AACC's mission of providing high quality, accessible and innovative solutions for education and services, our team looks forward to setting you up for a strong first year.

New Student Orientation

Online Orientation

We offer online orientation to accommodate busy schedules, transportation difficulties or any other challenges that may limit you from coming to campus. Our detailed online orientation can be accessed at any time, from any mobile device and no registration is required. 

Attend online orientation.

In-Person Orientation

In addition to online orientation, we offer in-person orientation sessions for those who want to have a more structured introduction to our college campus and community.

Our in-person orientation will introduce students and their families to college and student leaders, key resources and policies, and help familiarize them with the AACC campus. We suggest students plan to complete the detailed online orientation in addition to attending an in-person session.

In-person orientation includes:

  • A welcome and introduction from the college and student leaders
  • A presentation on important information, policies and resources that you will want to be familiar with
  • A student experience panel where you will have the opportunity to ask questions to current AACC students
  • A resource market with key offices and resources that will help make your first year at AACC great
  • Light refreshments

This summer we will offer two orientation dates for the general new student population, and one orientation date for ECAP dual enrollment students

General New Student Orientation Dates

  • Wednesday, July 31, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug.13, noon to 3 p.m.

ECAP Dual Enrollment New Student Orientation Date*

  • Thursday, Aug. 22, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

*Dual Enrollment students who attend can look forward to customized information specific to their unique student status. 

All orientation sessions will take place in Health and Life Sciences Building Room 100 on the Arnold campus.

Attend in-person orientation.

Students who RSVP for these sessions should plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start of the program. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about all things orientation? Take a look at a few of our most frequently asked questions for some answers!

How can I prepare for orientation?

Before attending in-person orientation, you'll want to:

  • Make sure you have officially been admitted to AACC.
  • Know your AACC ID Number.
  • Complete the online New Student Orientation.
  • Think of any questions you might have about starting at AACC.

Do I have to register for classes before orientation?

No, you can register for classes at any time by making an appointment with your designated academic advisor.

Find your advisor and book an appointment.

Can I bring guests (parents/guardians, friends or children)?

You can! We understand parents/guardians may have questions so we encourage you to invite them along. Limit to two additional guests. 

How long is orientation?

Orientation typically lasts for three hours. It's designed to be a preview of all the resources you'll use throughout your time at AACC.

What will I be doing at orientation?

At orientation, you will:

  • Connect with other new Riverhawks.
  • Meet our student leaders and ask them any questions you might have.
  • Learn about the resources on campus that will set you up for success.

What's Next? Your First Year!

Orientation is just the first step in this wonderful experience. We understand that the transition to college can be tough and we are here to help! Our First Year Experience (FYE) program offers workshops, different programs and resources to support you. Stay connected and keep an eye out for information from our team about the benefits of FYE at AACC. 

What Else Can I Do?

Are you anxious to get started? There are some things you can do before classes begin.

Get to Know MyAACC

If you haven’t already, get familiar with the student portal, MyAACC. You'll use this portal to register for classes, pay your bill, get your grades, plan your schedule, check your email, access online courses, find out what’s happening on campus, join student organizations and more. Once you’re admitted to the college, you'll get your username via email.

Get help with MyAACC.

Know Your Class Schedule

You can print your latest schedule from MyAACC or access it on your mobile device using the AACC app. Even if you think you already know where you’re supposed to be and when, it’s a good idea to double check. 

Purchase Textbooks

Not sure what textbooks you need for your classes? Visit the AACC Bookstore online.