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Get the edge for success With iSTART

iSTART New Student Orientation

Get ready for the next term by taking part in iSTART in-person new student orientation.

iSTART is an all-in-one orientation that helps first-time college students complete the enrollment and financial aid process so they can get started with classes successfully. If you're pursuing a degree or certificate and you're new to college, sign up for iSTART today.

Requirements for participation

If you are (or will be) -

  • A first-time college student
  • A high school graduate or GED completer
  • Seeking a college degree or technical certificate

And, you have -

You can participate in iSTART new student orientation!

Benefits of attending iSTART

  • Advising & registration - Meet with an academic advisor to review your placement assessment and register for classes
  • Paying for college - Get help completing your financial aid steps and learn about additional resources to pay for college
  • Chemeketa technology - Get set up with Chemeketa's technology you'll need to be successful in your classes
  • Best practices - Learn how to access the various academic support resources to help you succeed
  • Campus and community resources - Learn about available resources to meet your basic needs including financial and health
  • Academic and career goals - Learn about our various degrees, certificates, and transfer opportunities
  • Shared interests - Meet students who share your goals and staff who will help you reach them
  • Campus tour - Allow one of our student leaders to show you important locations and services

Unable to participate in in person? Try our online orientation.

  • 2024 iSTART Dates - Fall Term 2024
    Salem Campus
    • July 1, 11 am to 4 pm, Session full!
    • Special orientation for Arts, Humanities and Communications majors
      July 8-9, 9 am to 3 pm, Session full!
      This is a two-day event.
    • July 11, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Session full!
    • Special orientation for STEM majors
      July 15-16, 9 am to 3 pm, Session full!
      This is a two-day event.
    • July 18, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Register Now
    • July 22, 11 am to 4 pm, Register Now
    • July 25, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Register Now
    • July 29, 11 am to 4 pm, Register Now
    • July 31, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Register Now
    • August 5, 11 am to 4 pm, Register Now
    • August 7, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Register Now
    Yamhill Valley Campus

    More August orientation dates will be posted soon! Keep checking back. If you're already signed up for an orientation and need to reschedule, first cancel your existing registration. Cancel an existing registration by opening the confirmation email for that event, or you can email us.

  • What have students said about iSTART?

    “I found my time here to be very productive and met some new kids that feel the same way about college as I do.”

    “I think this program is an amazing thing for kids who have no clue what they’re doing when it comes to college (like me)”

    “I found this week very resourceful and it has made me less afraid of my transition from high school to college; especially since I am a first generation.”

    “Chemeketa iSTART helped me feel more prepared to start college in the fall Because I feel less stressed now that I am familiar!”

    “I made a lot of connections with staff throughout my orientation. This has helped me feel more comfortable at Chemeketa and has encouraged me to ask for help from them when needed.”

    “I'm usually a more shy person but i feel like it was easy to open up here.”