Welcome to New Student Orientation at SFSC!

All new students, as well as students returning to SFSC after an absence of one year or more, are required to participate in our mandatory college orientation program. Orientation is part of a program called Guide to Personal Success (GPS), our college-wide quality initiative designed to help you make a successful transition to the college experience at SFSC.

The GPS New Student Orientation consists of six informational “waypoints” (reference points) to help you navigate your first year at SFSC. 

  • You must complete all six waypoints of the GPS Orientation, which are presented in two parts: 
  • Waypoint 1: An overview of SFSC programs and services that includes information about the college admission process, financial aid options, and college services. Waypoint 1 is completed online. 
  • Waypoints 2 -6: An on-campus 4 ½ hour face-to-face program that features informational workshops, “hands on” computer training for Panther Central and D2L program service presentations, and much more.
  • Waypoint 1 is completed first. After you have completed all Waypoint 1 modules (including the information form and brief quiz at the end of the program) you will be invited to register for the on-campus Waypoint 2-6 program.
  • You will receive an email from SFSC inviting you to complete Waypoint 1. Complete this step as soon as possible after receiving that notice. 
  • When successful completion of Waypoint 1 has been documented, along with submission of your completed SFSC application, payment of your application fee, and receipt of other documents required by the Office of Admissions you will receive your invitation to come to campus for the second part of orientation (Waypoints 2-6). Your invitation will arrive by email. You will be offered several dates to choose from. Orientations are offered during the day and evening hours, and at all SFSC campuses and centers. 

Orientation must be fully completed before  you will be allowed to register for courses.

Some programs have specialized GPS orientation programs to meet their needs.  Some examples are Public Safety Academy (Basic Law Enforcement, Corrections), short-term vocational programs (Phlebotomy, CDL/truck driving), high intensity allied health programs (Paramedic, EMT/EMS) and our bachelor’s degree programs (business, nursing, elementary education).  If you are entering one of these programs, discuss your orientation requirements with your program director or contact the GPS orientation specialist in the Career Development Center.

A fully online orientation option is also available only to students with extraordinary or special circumstance that limit their ability to attend an on-campus Waypoint 2-6 orientation.  Students who feel that they may qualify for such an exception should contact the director of the Career Development Center to discuss their options.

For more information about the GPS New Student Orientation, call the Career Development Center at 784-7412 or email The Career Development Center is at the Highlands Campus, Building B, Room 111.