Spring 2016 Orientation Info


Welcome to the first step toward your degree!

We are excited to welcome you as part of Northwest Arkansas Community College's incoming freshman class! We want to help you get started off right. Paying close attention to the information on this page will help ensure a smooth enrollment process for you.


IMPORTANT! All first-time, degree seeking students are required to, A) Submit ACT or COMPASS placement scores, B) complete the Online Orientation then, C) meet with an Academic Advisor before selecting their first-semester classes.  These steps are required.


Orientation Login Information


Before I take Online Orientation, what must I do?

Important! Before you start Orientation and meet with an Advisor, you must complete the below steps. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your academic advising appointment.

  1. Been accepted to Northwest Arkansas Community College. Note: once your application is processed, you will receive an email at the personal email account you provided on the application.
  2. Submitted ACT or COMPASS placement exam scores for initial course placement to the Office of Student Records. Scores should be no more than 5 years old), or take COMPASS exam at the NWACC Testing Center ($10 fee). Important: If your ACT Math score is a 17 or below, you are required to complete the Math portion of the COMPASS exam prior to signing up for a session. Visit our Testing Center website for full details on taking the exam).

Can I meet with an advisor before taking Online Orientation?

No. You cannot meet with an advisor and select your first-semester courses until you complete the the Online Orientation course and pass the Final Examination, and submitted Test Scores (see above). Your Advising Appointment will be cancelled if you have not completed Online Orientation first.

Where do I take Online Orientation?

NWACC's Online Orientation course is a self-enrollable course within NWACC's Blackboard system (the same system that our online courses are accessed from). The orange button below will take you to step-by-step instructions for self-enrolling in the course through your Blackboard Account.

Please note: you will need to have your NWACC Username and Password to access Online Orientation. This information is located on your Acceptance Email.

If you do not have internet access at home, you are welcome to use any of the many public-use computers available at the NWACC computer labs or library to complete OnlineOrientaiton. If you need help with your username and password or encounter technical difficulties, please call the Student Technology Help Desk at 479-619-4376.

Can I come to campus to take the Online Orientation?

Yes you can!  Although the orientation is done all online, you can still come to an NWACC campus to use a computer and internet as needed.  On the main Bentonville campus, the NWACC Library is open every day [see the Library hours here], or you can find out about options at our Washington County and Jones Center by emailing wcc@nwacc.edu

How long will it take? 

Approximately 1hr to 1.5hrs. It includes some short quizzes along the way along with one Final Examination to test your knowledge of the course contents - so make sure you pay close attention. Consider this your first real college exam.

Ready to get Orientated?


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If you need help with your username and password or encounter technical difficulties, please call the Student Technology Help Desk at 479-619-4376.

For other questions related to New Student Orientation, please contact the Office of Admissions and Advising at 479-619-4324 or admissions@nwacc.edu.