Thank you for your interest in new student orientation at NCCC! At orientation, you will get acquainted with your peers and College staff, learn to navigate the campus to find your classrooms and support services, and get a head start on understanding NCCC technology, policies, and faculty expectations. We’ll talk about common first year student issues and connect you with our excellent team of Peer Mentors who can continue to help support you into your first semester with questions that arise along the way. Join us and learn how to summit your first semester of college!

REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/yt2prd4k1HAa5Avq1

How to Summit Your First Semester – CHECKLIST

Questions about this registration form or the new student orientation program may be directed to the Dean of Student Life at kirland@nccc.edu.



  • Friday, August 24 
    • Orientation sessions 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    • Orientation session 2 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 28 – Academic Program Orientation Luncheons by degree 


  • Wednesday, August 22
    • evening Commuter Student Orientation session 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday,  August 23
    • Commuter Student Orientation session 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    • Commuter Student Orientation session 3 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 25
    • Residential Student Orientation session 4 with brunch from 10:00 – noon
  • Tuesday, August 28 – Academic Program Orientation Luncheons by degree 


  • Monday, August 20
    • Orientation session 1 from  2:30 – 4:30 p.m. to follow Registration Day
  • Tuesday, August 21
    • Orientation session 2 from 10:00 a.m. – noon
  • Tuesday, August 28 – Academic Program Orientation Luncheons by degree 


Peer Mentors are returning NCCC students here to help new students who are looking for guidance from a fellow peer before and during their first semester. Our Peer Mentors will assist new students with adjusting to college life, academically and socially, and point new students in the right direction to access College resources. Interactions are student-driven and may include email, texting, phone calls, and meeting in person as needed.

Peer Mentoring art

Courtney and Alex both joined the peer mentor program as a mentor and mentee, respectively, for the 2017-18 school year. Courtney was second year health sciences major and Alex was a first year LPN student, but the first year for both on the Saranac Lake campus. Both had prior college experience and we’re both more on the nontraditional side of the student population; they were place together because of their similar majors and status as residents on campus. Later on in the summer, coincidentally they were placed together as suitemates as well! It wasn’t an instant friendship when they met, Alex was quiet and shy, and Courtney was more outgoing and social. But over time they grew closer, they became friends, took class together, went on numerous adventures, and quickly became inseparable after that.

They have volunteered last September at the Lake Placid Ironman, participated in a leadership conference at Paul Smith’s, spent multiple weekends together at each other’s houses, and are planning on volunteering at this year’s Relay For Life in Lake Placid, as well as going through the LPN Program together this year. 

Now Courtney and Alex work together here on campus as well as live together in the residence halls, and Alex has become a peer mentor for the 2018-19 school year as well. You rarely see them apart and they have formed a friendship that will last a lifetime.

“The Peer Mentor Program has been beneficial because it gave me the opportunity to ask questions and to get involved around campus like I’ve never imagined I would be. Thanks to the Peer Mentor Program I have formed amazing relationships and in the end found my best friend!” – Alex Lamberton

“Because of this program I have found one of my best friends in the entire world, one that I now cannot imagine not having in my life. Alex is like the sister I never had, I love her so much, and I am excited to see what the future holds for us!”– Courtney Oakes

So in short… Once upon a time, there was a mentor and a mentee and they never imagined when they were placed together in the beginning that they would become Best Friends in the end!



Click here anytime to begin our Online New Student Orientation: www.nccc.edu/online-orientation