New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

Orientation is required for all new students. At New Student Orientation, you will be introduced to the Kalamazoo Valley campus and services available to you. Counselors will explain programs of study and will demonstrate how to search and register for classes online. You will have the opportunity to select your first semester of classes. Orientation lasts 2½-hours. Be sure to register for a date that best fits your schedule as you must attend the entire orientation. Please call Student Success Services at 269.488.4048 to register for New Student Orientation.

Before You Attend Orientation

To ensure your success and correct course placement, you must have test scores on file before registering for classes. Kalamazoo Valley accepts a variety of test scores, including the ACT and SAT. If you did not have your test scores sent directly to Kalamazoo Valley when you originally took the ACT, you can have ACT submit your scores by going to (Kalamazoo Valley’s ACT code is 2016.) For the winter 2017 semester, we will also accept new SAT scores from tests taken March 2016 or after. (Kalamazoo Valley’s SAT code is 1378). Students can get their scores by logging in to their account at Scores can also be submitted to Student Success Services, Room 9300, on the Texas Township Campus or Room 109 in Anna Whitten Hall on the Arcadia Commons Campus.

If you feel your test scores don’t reflect your abilities, or your have not taken the ACT or SAT, you may take a placement test in our Testing Centers on a walk-in basis. On the Texas Township Campus, visit Room 2210 or call 269.488.4235. If you are at the Arcadia Commons or Bronson Healthy Living Campuses, visit Room 211 in Anna Whitten Hall. Call 269.373.7836 for more information.

Kalamazoo Valley enforces college level placement in most courses. The required minimum levels for entry into these classes are listed in the table below. If you have not met the minimum in one or more score placement requirements, you must see a counselor to develop a success plan and review your options.

Writing Reading Math
ACT Scores 13 12 13
COMPASS Scores 25 53 Pre-Algebra 19
SAT Scores 17 18 15.5
ACCUPLACER 50 34 Arithmetic 24

General Orientation Dates at the Texas Township Campus

The Day of Orientation

  • Parking is FREE for Orientation. At Texas Township, you can parking in any unreserved parking spot. At Anna Whitten Hall and the Center for New Media, you can park in Ramp 4, located one block north of Anna Whitten Hall at the corner of Eleanor and Rose Streets and we will validate your parking. At the Culinary/Allied Health Building, parking is located just east of the building. It’s the first right after the bridge over the Portage Creek.
  • Directions to our campuses can be found here: Driving Directions
  • Arrive 15-30 minutes early.
  • Bring your Kalamazoo Valley acceptance letter which includes your login and password information as well as any financial aid paperwork you may need to discuss.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
  • Due to the length of orientation, it is strongly encouraged that children not attend.

After Orientation

  • Make an appointment with an advisor or counselor if you still have questions about classes or your program of study. Call Student Success Services at 269.488.4040 to make an appointment or visit
  • Register for your classes, if you didn't do so at New Student Orientation. Visit and click on "My Valley" to register.
  • If you will be receiving financial assistance, check with the Financial Aid Office to ensure that all of the necessary paperwork is completed.
  • Pay for your classes. Payment must be submitted prior to classes starting each semester.
  • Get your student ID (available 10 days before the semester begins) by visiting the Student Service Center located near the Bookstore.
  • Go to class!

If you have any further questions about attending Kalamazoo Valley, please contact the Student Service Center at 269.488.4100.