New students: take our “Getting Started” crash course
Learn everything that you need to know about getting settled into college life. We’ll lead you step-by-step through confirming your enrolment, Orientation, parking passes, Blackboard logins, lockers and more!
Get started below!
- Confirm your offer of acceptance
Ready to confirm your Offer of Acceptance and begin your NC journey? Visit Enrolment and Registration to learn how to confirm your offer.
- Apply for OSAP
Be sure to begin your OSAP application as soon as you’ve confirmed your offer of acceptance. Starting early means that any additional funds that you might receive (like money for textbooks) will be ready for the start of the school year. For a step-by-step guide about how and when OSAP funds are disbursed, visit Fees and Finances.
- Apply for transfer credits
If you have a previous college or university education, you might be able to transfer credits towards your new NC program.
- Apply for residence or begin looking for housing
Depending on when you start school, you may need to apply and pay your first residence installment up to 4 months in advance. Visit www.niagararez.ca for Residence information. If you’ll be subletting or renting, be sure to get your search started early – while there are plenty of housing options around the campuses, they fill up quickly.
- Pay your fees, or pay your OSAP deferral
Be sure to pay your fees or OSAP deferral fee by the due date on the fee statement that you receive in the mail. Payment must be received 2 business days prior to timetable selection. If you do not pay your fees by the due date, your seat will be offered to the next person on the waiting list for your program, and seat availability cannot be guaranteed for returning students.
- Create a Niagara College computer account
Once you have paid your fees you’ll be able to create your NC computer account. This account will allow you to sign into Blackboard, as well as computers in labs on campus. Allow 2-3 business days for your payment to process before creating your account. To create your account, go to here and follow the steps provided. If you’re having difficulties, visit Information Technology Services (ITS) for help.
- Sign in to your Niagara College student email account
Every student receives a Niagara College email account. To log in to your account, go to http://portal.microsoftonline.com. Your email address is your Blackboard username followed by “@ncstudents.niagaracollege.ca”. Visit Information Technology Services (ITS) for more information about how to set your password.
- Create your Co-Curricular Record account
Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an NC program developed to enhance your resume and career or academic portfolios. By registering, you can gain recognition for student engagement, leadership and co-curricular activities pursued outside of the classroom. When you graduate you’ll receive an official NC Record of the activities that you participated in, along with your diploma. Login at getinvolved.niagaracollege.ca using the NC computer account that you created, and follow the prompts for more information, or learn more from the Student Engagement and Leadership office.
- Meet with Disability Services if you require accommodation
The Centre for Students with Disabilities offers many services that can be helpful to students with disabilities. We can help you achieve your academic dreams by providing accommodations, support services, assistive technologies, and learning strategies. If you have a documented disability – either seen or unseen – please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you!
- Register for a parking permit
Parking on campus requires a permit (or daily paid parking). Parking permit registration usually opens a month before your term begins. Visit Parking Services for rates. To register for your permit, log in to Blackboard with your NC computer account, then go to “My Apps” and click on “Parking Permits”. Be sure to register early!
- Check the varsity tryout schedule
Want to join a varsity athletics team? Teams include men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and soccer, as well as tournament golf and curling. Tryouts for some teams begin in early August. Check the “Varsity Schedule” under the Student-Athletes category on the Knights Athletics site for dates and times for tryouts.
- Choose your timetable
Timetable selection is done through MyNC using your NC computer account. Timetable selection usually begins about a month before classes begin, on a staggered schedule. Depending on your program, your timetable selection will begin on a specific date/time. Check MyNC for details.
- Get your student ID card
Your student ID card will grant you access to the libraries, allow you to print in labs, use the bus with your U-Pass, visit the Fitness Centre and more! You may be able to submit your photo in advance (you can choose your own photo!), and be able to pick up your printed card during Orientation. If online photo submission isn’t open, simply stop by an InfoCentre location and have your photo taken and card created on the spot.
- Rent a locker
For the safety and security of the campus, Niagara College uses a locker rental system. Locker rentals allow us to ensure that only students are using the lockers, that lockers remain in good condition and are cleaned between use, and that locks are not left on unused lockers, reducing the number of lockers available for students. Rent your locker now.
- Pick up your parking permit
After registering for your parking permit online (step 9), you can then pick up your permit in person. Permits can begin being picked up 1 week before the semester starts. We highly suggest picking up your permit and buying your textbooks (step 16) before Orientation. There will be long lines for at the Parking Office at the Bookstore on the first day of classes. Permits can be picked up at the…
- Welland Campus – Room L22
- Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus – Security Office
- Niagara Falls Campus – Please pick up your pass from the NOTL Security Office.
Note: You must have pre-registered online (step 9) and have photo ID with you.
- Health and dental plan opt-outs
Students automatically receive medical and dental coverage benefits through the Student Administrative Council, paid as part of your tuition fees, which enhance your OHIP coverage. If you are covered under another plan (and can provide proof of coverage), you can opt out of the SAC plan and receive a refund of the health fee you paid as part of your tuition. Visit Student Administrative Council site for details.
- Buy your textbooks
Textbooks can be purchased online, or at our on campus Bookstores. To purchase your books online, visit the Welland Online Store, or the Niagara-on-the-Lake Online Store. If you aren’t sure what books you need, simply bring a printed copy of your timetable to the Bookstore at your campus, and Bookstore staff will help you find what you need! IMPORTANT: Don’t remove the shrink wrap or alter your textbooks in any way until classes have started and your teachers have confirmed that you have the right books. If the textbook isn’t needed and is still shrink-wrapped, you can return it for a refund.
- Attend Orientation
Orientation events are one of the most important parts of the year for a new student! Events vary by year, but usually include concerts, food, movie nights and more. Visit the Orientation page for details. Be sure to attend your Program Information Session for a chance to meet your teachers and fellow student!
- Print out your timetable
It’s almost time to start classes… Make sure to print out your timetable from MyNC, and know what class you should be attending, and when. Usually the first day of classes consists of reviewing the Course Information Sheet, so you understand exactly what you’ll be learning.
- Go to your first day of classes
Check the Dates Calendar to see when classes start. Are you nervous? Don’t be! Everyone at NC is very friendly – if you aren’t sure where to go on your first day, stop into any office and ask for help. Staff, faculty and other NC students will be happy to point you in the right direction.
- Pick up your bus pass
As a student of NC, you receive a universal bus pass (U-Pass) which grants you unlimited ridership on ALL Welland, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines transit system regular routes. The fee for this pass is paid for through your tuition. Visit the Student Administrative Council office at your campus to pick up your bus pass.
- Become Familiar with Important Dates
Check the Dates Calendar to become familiar with important dates, including holidays/closures, the last day to withdraw with a refund, and the last day to change classes.
- Visit the Fitness Centre, sign up for a fitness class, or join an intramural team
Simply show your Student ID card to work out at the Fitness Centres at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses. Did you know that we offer fitness classes (yoga, cardio and so many more) and intramural sports teams on campus – for free? Visit Niagara College Athletics and Recreation for details.
- Check the Get Involved Portal for on campus volunteer opportunities
Remember the Co-Curricular Record that you signed up for? Keep your eye on getinvolved.niagaracollege.ca for events and opportunities that you can participate in. Be sure to follow the directions on the website to make sure your participation gets recorded on your Record. For more information, visit the Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership.
- Need Academic Help?
Your Academic Advisor can connect you to many services and supports to support your success at Niagara College. Advisors meet individually with you to discuss progress term to term. Academic Advisors specialize by school – find your Academic Advisor now. The NC Libraries provide Academic Drop-In Help Sessions for a variety of subjects, visit the Library website to see the schedule.