New Student Orientation (NSO) and Group Advising (GA)

What is New Student Orientation and why do I need to complete?

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all First Time in College, Returning, and Transfer students planning to enroll at SPC. By completing your New Student Orientation Canvas course you will become more familiar with the college lingo, college resources, college policies/procedures, learn about payment and financial aid options, and advising.

NSO has moved remotely to a Canvas platform and is accessible via your student ACES portal within 2-3 business days upon successful completion of the Online Registration Form below. The preferred browser for the course is Google Chrome.

All students must have a current/active admissions application on file to register and participate in the Canvas course.

**All AlamoPROMISE students have been pre-registered for the required AlamoPROMISE New Student Orientation Canvas course. A member from our SPC Admissions team will contact you via your ACES email with instructions to access. You can also send an email to to request information about completing their AlamoPROMISE New Student Orientation.

Online NSO registration link for non-Alamo Promise students below:

Online Registration Form

NSO Handout

Click here to Cancel NSO

What is Group Advising and why do I need to complete?

Group Advising provides students with a small group and one-on-one advising assistance for registration. Students are provided information about their certification, degree, and/or transfer advising guide as well as provided guidance on selecting and registering for classes for the upcoming semester.

Students must complete all steps in the Enrollment Process & NSO to schedule a Group Advising session after completion of New Student Orientation. Failure to complete any or all parts or both the enrollment process or Canvas course in ACES will hinder your ability to register.

Steps in the Enrollment Process include:

  • Complying with the bacterial meningitis law
  • Completing the Go FAARR and Test Prep Modules
  • Taking the TSI Placement Exam or providing qualifying exemption scores
  • Complete Refresher courses (if applicable)

Enrollment Checklist

To cancel your Group Advising session, you must have your Banner ID:

Click here to Cancel GA