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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
Mon - Thur: 7:30am to 8:30pm
Fri: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Sat: 8:30am to 2:30pm

All enrollment steps must be completed prior to signing up for a New Student Orientation session. Please Contact Vista Central with any questions. Students who register for orientation prior to being eligible will not be permitted to stay at the orientation and will have to reschedule for a new date.

Click here to view the enrollment steps for First Time In College Students.  

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About New Student Orientation for First Time In College Students

Support After New Student Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions

Sign Up For New Student Orientation

About New Student Orientation
For First Time In College Students

All First Time In College students must attend a mandatory New Student Orientation that will take place on the NVC Campus. Students will:

  • Prepare for first day of classes 
  • Receive recommendations on which courses to register for 
  • Register for classes 
  • Learn about payment options

Support After New Student Orientation  

Prior to classes beginning: If you still have questions or need assistance registering for additional courses after attending New Student Orientation, please contact the Vista Central: Welcome and Admissions Center. You may also refer to resources on your website or handouts you were given at orientation.

After classes begin: You will be assigned to a Certified Advisor based on your NVC institute. You can view your assigned Certified Advisor's contact information in your ACES account by clicking on your "My Page" tab.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is New Student Orientation Required?
A: Yes. All new first time in college students must attend an on-campus orientation. The purpose of this orientation is to introduce students to the campus, provide them with valuable resources, and teach them to register for classes.

Q: Can I bring guests with me to my orientation?
A: Parents, siblings, or other support individuals are welcome to attend the session with their student. However, due to space limitations, during larger sessions, supporting guests may be asked to sit outside during the registration session to allow enough room for the students.

Q: When will I meet with a Certified Advisor?
A: You will meet with a Certified Advisor during your New Student Orientation Session. Although the session is conducted in a group format, advisors, faculty, and staff will be available to assist you and answer all of your questions as you register. After your New Student Orientation, you will also receive an assigned Academic Advisor that you will be able to meet with individually each semester. More information will be provided at orientation.

Q: What should I bring with me to New Student Orientation?
A: Please bring a photo ID and your confirmation email to your orientation session. It is also recommended that you bring a notepad for jotting down notes, and you may also wish to bring a list of questions you have for an advisor. Be sure to also bring your enthusiasm, pride, and excitement!

Q: Where will my session be held and where can I park?
A: You will receive a confirmation email after signing up for a session that will confirm your time, date, and location of the orientation, as well as parking instructions. You can also click here to view our campus map.

Q: What if I or my guests need special accommodations?
A: If you or your guests have a disability or circumstances that require special accommodations during New Student Orientation, please contact our Access Office at least one week prior to your session by phone at 210-486-4466 or by email at   

Q: I may arrive late or need to leave my session early. Do I have to attend the entire session?
A: Students must attend the entire orientation session to receive credit for attending and to be allowed to register for courses. Students who do not arrive on time or leave early may be asked to reschedule their session.

Sign Up For New Student Orientation

Where do I go to look up or cancel my registered New Student Orientation session?

Note: This orientation is only for First Time In College students. If you are a transfer, returning, or transient student, click here to learn more about Transfer and Former Student Orientation.  

Click Here to Sign Up

Where do I go to look up or cancel my registered New Student Orientation session?
Note: If you need to reschedule your orientation date, you MUST first cancel your old session here before signing up for a new date. Otherwise, the system will not allow you to sign up for a new orientation date.

Click Here to Look Up or Cancel Session

High School College Prep Courses

Please Read: Important Information on High School College Prep Courses
If you are currently enrolled or have completed a college prep Math and/or English course at your high school, you must submit an official FINAL high school transcript to Admissions and Records in order to have your placement scores updated. Once you have submitted your FINAL transcript, you must see a walk-in advisor to request updated placement information if needed. Please note it is your responsibility to change your schedule appropriately should your college prep course change your placement status. If you have additional questions about the College Prep course, please contact the Vista Central: Welcome and Admissions Center at 210-486-4125 or

Contact Information

Cypress Campus Center (CCC) 126 

Necola Glaze
Sr. Advisor
Last Names A-G

Phone: 210-486-4904

Elizabeth Murray
Sr. Advisor
Last Names H-Q

Phone: 210-486-4669

Valerie Acosta Vasquez
Sr. Advisor
Last Names R-Z

Phone: 210-486-4732

Please view the Recruitment Team page for additional opportunities to connect with us.


Hours of Operation - Spring 2018
(Please note that our computer lab and walk-in advising services will close 30 minutes prior to the end of the day.) 

 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

8 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

1st Saturday of the Month
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

We Look forward to serving you!