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If you are a student who has graduated from high school or received your GED, you qualify to complete a general orientation session. Transfer students from other colleges with less than 12 credits must also complete a general orientation session.

Below you will find information on how to prepare for orientation, what to expect at orientation, and drop-down menus with the available dates/times we offer orientation. When you are ready, schedule your session by choosing an available date from the menu drop-downs below, and complete the online sign-up survey. 

How to Prepare for Orientation

  • Know Your StarID and Password.
  • Complete the Accuplacer or have qualifying ACT, SAT, or MCA results.
    • Need to schedule an Accuplacer or learn if your alternate scores qualify for placement? Click here.
  • If applicable, send official transcripts of prior college coursework or AP/IB scores to Anoka-Ramsey.
    • To request that your transcript be pulled from another MN State college: Click here and select the "Minnesota State Transcript Retrieval eform" link.
    • Students who do no have other college coursework do not need to complete this step.
  • Activate your Anoka-Ramsey Email.
    • To complete this step, click here and follow the steps.
  • Sign up for Star Alert.
    • Star Alert allows you to receive college closing or emergency communications to your email or phone. It is highly recommended that you connect either your phone or email to this message system.
    • To sign up, click here and follow the steps.

What to Expect at Orientation

We are so excited to meet you! Below is a sample of our schedule so you know what to expect for the day.

  • Check-In (beginning 15 minutes prior to each session)
  • 1st hour: Group Presentation
    • Our admissions staff will talk to the group about general college information, essential college policies and expectations for students, campus resources, and will give a registration tutorial.
  • 2nd hour and a half: Advising & Registration
    • Students will begin registration for their first semester of classes. Academic advisors will check in with students individually to provide them with course recommendations, help them check their Anoka-Ramsey accounts, and show them how they can connect with their assigned advisor through their student email.

We hope that once you leave orientation, you know how to contact your assigned advisor, have a schedule of courses for your next semester, and feel comfortable with your next steps at Anoka-Ramsey.

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