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There are two different kinds of Orientations for students at Montgomery College:

  • New Student Orientation (NSO) and
  • Academic Orientations (e-MAPs, MAPs & IMAPs).

New Student Orientation (NSO)

New 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.

  • In-Person New Student Orientation (NSO)

In-person New Student Orientation (NSO) programs last about 3 hours.

  • Online New Student Orientation (NSO)

MC’s interactive, Online New Student Orientation offers students a different option to learn the information presented during the In-Person Orientation Sessions.

Academic Orientation Advising Sessions (e-MAPs, MAPs & IMAPs)

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 classes.

  • Online Montgomery Advising Program - e-MAP Sessions

e-MAP sessions can conveniently be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 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

MAP 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

IMAPs (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 the test.

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


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