COVID-19/Coronavirus Update:

Due to COVID19, the College will be holding both Start Smart (individual) and Group Orientations remotely/online. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we will continue to provide information as it develops and changes. Please check back regularly for updates.

Welcome to the online home for New Student Orientation at SMCC. At orientation you will get valuable guidance. You will learn about staff and faculty advising, the student success resources that are available to you, become knowledgeable about academic requirements and expectations, design a schedule that meets your needs, and learn your way around campus.

Signing Up for Orientation

Accepted to start Fall 2020? Then it's time to sign up for Orientation. We offer two types - individual Start Smart Orientations and a Group Orientations. Currently, these are both being offered remotely. Start Smart Orientations will be offered by phone, Zoom, Google Hangouts, or other remote technology. Group Orientations will be held using Zoom.
To sign up for a Start Smart Orientation: Connect with our Welcome Team at, or call us at (207) 741-5626 to schedule your one-to-one Start Smart Orientation! NOTE for Military/Veterans (including dependents): individual Military/Veteran Orientations are also being offered remotely, and will be one-to-one meetings with our Certifying Official and Veteran Advisor, Amy Lainoff. Let our Welcome Team know that you'd like to schedule a Start Smart Orientation with Amy.
To sign up for a Group Orientation: use the tools on this page to sign up for a Group Orientation.

Preparing for Orientation

Here are some tips to prepare for your Orientation session:
  1. Know your test scores and course placement (refer to Understanding Your Scores). You can find your test scores in MySMCC, your student portal. Click on login in the upper right corner of this page, then log-in (if you are unsure how to login, watch the "Logging into MySMCC" tutorial below, or find the log-in instructions in the column on the left). Then click on the silhouette in the upper righter corner, go to “My profiles & settings”, “Academic Information”, then “Test Scores”.
  1. Review the Degree Worksheet for your degree program (located on right side of this page).
  2. Watch the Tutorials.
  3. Browse courses and create a draft schedule (suggestion: watch the tutorials called "Your Degree Worksheet", "Creating a Good Schedule and Managing Your Time" and "Registering for Courses Using My Maine Guide").
  4. Bring a list of questions and know we are ready to answer them!
If you have questions, please contact the Advising Office at (207) 741-5835 or at We are excited to welcome you to the SMCC community!