• Welcome to Mandatory Orientation and Welcome to Coastal Bend College!  

    Where students come first and where your future begins!         

    New Student Orientation is one of the components of Coastal Bend College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP Smart Start). New Student Orientation is mandatory for all First Time in College Students (FTIC) (less than 12 hours successfully completed), transfer students with less than 12 hours successfully completed, and students seeking Level I, Level II, or Associate’s degree. Orientation is essential in supporting students’ overall institutional knowledge, confidence and awareness of resources; it will introduce students not only to their new life in higher education, but will begin the process of alerting them early on to the associated expectations and self-discipline required in becoming and remaining successful students. Information is presented to increase familiarity with registration procedures and develop a working familiarity of the availability of college resources and how to utilize those resources at CBC. Student will also learn about developing time management and study skills, knowledge of student activities and clubs available, importance of deadlines, classroom etiquette, and what to expect on their first day. 

    All students are required to attend orientation. To meet the needs of all our newly admitted students as they make their transition into higher education, we provide three types of orientation programs:  

    Cougar Days  

    Cougar Days is fun filled day of freshmen/transfer orientation with presentations by staff/faculty, games with prizes, free lunch, and tours that will get you prepared for your first day of classes! To register for or view a schedule of upcoming Cougar Days events, please click here.  

    Face-to-face orientation 

    Mandatory orientation face-to-face workshops are offered on each site once the semester begins. For a schedule of face-to-face orientations at each site, please click here 

    Online orientation  

    Online orientation is for students who cannot attend Cougar Days or the orientation workshops, as well as students who take online classes or classes at a different site. For access to the 2 part online orientation, please click here 

    All new students are encouraged to complete an admission form online and report entrance testing results to the Admissions/Registrar’s Office prior to orientation.  

    New to the Admission process? Please click here for a New Student Checklist. 

    We wish you the very best success at Coastal Bend College. 

    Additional Resources (copies available at Cougar Days and Face-to-Face Workshop Orientations or through the Student Services office on your site).