As an accepted new or transfer student to Erie Community College, you are required to attend a mandatory START (Support through Advisement, Registration and Transition) orientation session. As well as meeting other incoming ECC students, START will provide you the opportunity to meet with the faculty advisors and support staff that will ensure your first year experience is a success. START will help you navigate your initial year at ECC by helping you clearly understand the expectations and requirements involved in collegiate success, discover the campus resources to help make those achievements possible, and the available support services that will help you on your way.
START is the first step to create your plan for success. Students are assigned to a START orientation based on the date of admission to an academic program, and division. Additionally, to be eligible to register for a START orientation, you must be waived from or have completed the Accuplacer placement test. Once you have met all eligibility criteria to attend START and have received your Admissions Acceptance packet, you will receive an invitation letter to START by e-mail at your official ECC e-mail address and/or through US Postal Mail to your home address of record.
START sessions are typically half a day, so plan to spend at least six hours preparing your path for your initial year at ECC, a path that will pave the way for your success and future at ECC! For more information on START and how to register, please contact us at (716) 270-2611 or email us at STARTorientation@ecc.edu.
If you are a returning student to ECC and did not maintain continuous enrollment for two semesters or more, please contact us for more information on your next step to attend START.
START encourages parents, spouses, and other supportive friends and family members of the student to attend a START orientation, as well. A special parent orientation along with workshops have been designed for your participation. Learn how you can support your family member on this important journey!
Students that are in need of special accommodations for a disability, please contact the Student Access Center at the following campuses: City Campus (716) 851-1189, North Campus (716) 851-1495 and South Campus (716) 851-1933.
Orientation is designed to provide students the opportunity to meet other ECC students, their faculty advisors, and the support staff that will play important roles in ensuring your first year experience is a success. START will help you navigate your initial year at ECC by assisting you in understanding the expectations and requirements involved in collegiate success, discover the campus support resources to help make those achievements possible, and the available support services that will help you on your way.
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