There are two different kinds of Orientations for students at Montgomery College:
- New Student Orientation (NSO) and
- Academic Orientations (e-MAPs, MAPs & IMAPs).
Student Orientation (NSO) is designed to help students acclimate to the college
environment and have a successful start at Montgomery College. Our goal is to
answer your questions, connect you to campus resources, and help you capitalize
on your college experience. Through campus tours, interacting with our
Orientation Leaders and providing you the foundation to a great start, you will
quickly see why Montgomery College was the right choice for you. New
Student Orientation is available in an "In-Person" format and an
interactive "Online" format. New Student Orientation (NSO) is mandatory for all new degree-seeking
students. Students must complete NSO
before you can register for classes.
New Student Orientation (NSO)
New Student Orientation (NSO) programs last about 3 hours.
New Student Orientation (NSO)
interactive, Online New Student Orientation offers students a different option
to learn the information presented during the In-Person Orientation Sessions.
Students newly admitted to
Montgomery College (MC) receive their introduction to academic planning by attending an academic orientation advising group
session (MAP or IMAP) at the campus of their choice or through an online session
(e-MAP) which can be accessed at any time (please see below for description of
these sessions.) Students are required
to complete an academic orientation advising session before registering for
- Online Montgomery Advising Program - e-MAP Sessions
can conveniently be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.montgomerycollege.edu/emap. The e-MAP is available to those students who have already taken the Accuplacer placement exam at MC (English,
Reading, and Math) or
whose SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IFEL or ESL Accuplacer scores place them in ENGL
101 Techniques of Reading and Writing I.
The online session will take approximately one hour to complete. Upon
completing the e-MAP, the student will be able to print a certificate which
they will then bring to their campus counseling and advising department to
receive their assessment scores. Students are referred to make an appointment with
a counselor in order to receive their scores and discuss their next steps in
planning out their first semester at MC.
- Montgomery Advising Program - MAP Sessions
sessions cover the same topics presented in the e-MAP but they are done in-person.
These two hour long group sessions are led
by a counselor and are available at specifically scheduled times which students
must register for in advance. Students who take the Accuplacer exam will
receive instructions on how to schedule an appointment at the time they take
their placement test. Students who have a SAT or ACT score that exempts them
from taking the Accuplacer should contact the Counseling Department at the
campus they plan to attend to register for a MAP session. Students are
encouraged to make an appointment to see a counselor after completing the MAP
session to help them plan for their first semester at the College.
- International Montgomery Advising Program - IMAP Sessions
(International Montgomery Advising Program) are group advising sessions of two
hours in length held at each campus for students who took the ESL Accuplacer
for Non-Native Speakers of English. In these sessions, students will
learn about the academic resources and support services at Montgomery College
and the American English Language Program (AELP). They will also receive
an explanation of their placement test scores and receive academic counseling
based on those scores. Students taking the Accuplacer ESL exam will be given
specific instructions on how to schedule for an IMAP session upon completing
To learn current session dates
or sign-up for an Academic Orientation Advising session, contact:
- Germantown Assessment Center: (240) 567-7739
- Rockville Counseling and
Advising: (240) 567-5088
- Takoma Park/Silver Spring Assessment
Center: (240) 567-1555