New Student Orientation

Students holding signs that say "Welcome to Cecil College."

Welcome to Cecil College! We understand that embarking on a new educational journey can be both exciting and overwhelming. To assist students with their transition to Cecil College, we have created a New Student Orientation, which is an intentional and comprehensive approach to assisting students with their transition to Cecil College and college life.

Orientation Sessions

Students entering Cecil College for the Spring 2023 semester are required to attend a New Student Orientation session. Here's what to expect:

  • Hear from our College President, Dr. Mary Way Bolt
  • Learn about the many support services, academic resources, and campus activities that Cecil College has to offer
  • Meet Cecil College faculty (professors) and staff members
  • Ask any questions that you may have about what to expect at Cecil College
  • Become aware of safety and security measures at Cecil College
  • Participate in a campus tour with a college ambassador (in person)

Dates for Spring 2023 sessions will be announced prior to the start of the semester.

For more information please contact the Student Life Office at or by calling (443) 674-1989.

Parking & Cecil Transit

Parking is free! You are free to park anywhere other than the spaces marked “Reserved.” Be sure to arrive early to campus as spaces tend to fill up quickly!

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.

New Student Orientation 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.