New Student Experience

We understand that beginning a new educational journey can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. We’ve designed a "New Student Experience" that is an intentional and comprehensive approach to assist students with their transition to Cecil College and college life.

New Student Orientation

Students entering Cecil College for the Spring 2020 semester are encouraged to attend New Student Orientation on Saturday, January 18th at 10:00am in the Milburn Stone Theatre.

In this session you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from and meet our College President, Dr. Mary Way Bolt
  • Learn about the many services, resources, and activities that Cecil College has to offer
  • Meet Cecil College faculty and staff members
  • Ask any questions that you may have about what to expect at Cecil College
  • Take a tour of the campus (optional)

Note: For those who are unable to attend the Saturday session, a condensed session will also be available on Tuesday, January 14th at 6:00 pm in the Technology Center (Building D), room 106.

For more information or to RSVP for New Student Orientation, please contact the Student Life Office at or by calling (410) 287-1989.

Cecil Transit

Need a ride to the New Student Orientation session or just to the campus to attend classes? Cecil Transit bus service offers a route that connects surrounding counties to both our North East and Elkton Station campuses. Discounts for Cecil College students are available.

New Student Experience Courses

To be successful at college you need to be able to work independently as well as collaboratively. You need to manage your time and be proactive when it comes to getting the work done well and on time. College is all about you taking responsibility and charting your own course. There are several skills required for your success. Despite your previous education, many of them will be new to you. Cecil College has developed courses specifically for you as a new student. Both of these courses will help you get started. Read the descriptions and ask an advisor which one is right for you.

College Success Seminar (COL 081, 1 credit)
An entry-level course that presents study skills for courses in all disciplines. Course content from various disciplines, guest lecturers, and orientation assignments combine to provide each student with learning strategies to build student success. Assignments require students to apply academic strategies to other courses.
Introduction to Critical Inquiry (HUM 101, 3 credits)
This class fosters the characteristics of successful academic pursuit: openness, curiosity, creativity, persistence, and metacognition. In the context of a common reader and the students’ own academic and career goals, students will practice critical thought, information assimilation, investigation, discussion, analysis, collaboration, and qualitative and quantitative analysis as they develop the habits of mind and cultural literacy necessary for college and global citizenship.

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Coronavirus Update

Cecil College is actively monitoring the status of COVID-19 locally, regionally, and nationally. We are working with our local health department and county offices to stay up to date on the latest developments regarding the coronavirus. As of now, all classes and events on campus are taking place as scheduled.

The College is utilizing additional precautionary measures to maintain a healthful environment on all of our campuses. Our Facilities department has added additional cleaning protocols to their daily routine to help prevent the spread of germs, including the use of disinfectant wipes on high-traffic surfaces like door handles and light switches.

In addition, the College is routinely posting information regarding the prevention of germ transmission on all on-campus monitors, our student and employee newsletters, and our primary social media channels. We also have signage both on campus and on larger event promotions reminding the community that if someone isn’t feeling well or has recently traveled to any of the global, high-risk areas, the responsible thing to do is to stay home. The College continues to monitor updates from local, state and national public health officials and will update this message as necessary.