New Student Orientation

Orientation is designed to provide you with a wealth of information on College of Alameda’s policies, procedures, programs, and support services. Research has shown that students who participate in orientation do far better than those who do not. Students who participate in the orientation process are more successful in achieving their educational objectives, and have a smoother transition into being a college student.

While all COA students can benefit from the information covered in orientation, not all students are required to complete it.

YOU NEED TO COMPLETE ORIENTATION if you are planning on any of the following:

  • Attending COA for 12 units or more
  • Registering for English, English as a Second Language or math courses
  • Transferring to a bachelor degree-granting institution
  • Graduating from COA or obtaining a vocational certificate
  • Undecided about your educational goals

All new students working toward a degree, certificate or transfer, or are undecided about their career goals are expected to participate in orientation unless exempt as noted below:

  • You have completed at least 15 units of coursework at another college and have taken English and math courses (must provide transcript)
  • You hold an Associate Degree or higher
  • You are taking 6 units or less of coursework with no prerequisites, and for personal enrichment only
  • You have completed the matriculation process at another college and you wish to waive your right to participate. Waiver forms are available through the Office of Admissions and Records, and must be signed by appropriate college personnel.

Sign up to attend Fab Friday New Student Welcome, the Friday before classes start!  Call (510) 748-2307 or visit the Assessment or Counseling Offices.

All new students must enroll in Coun 201: Orientation to College (1 unit) (except if you have an A.A./A.S degree or higher).

The Student Success Act requires that new matriculating students complete Assessment, Orientation, and Educational Planning.  

Failure to complete Orientation and enroll in Coun 201 will result in loss of enrollment priority registration.