First-Time Freshmen Encouraged to Sign up for NSO

PCC Director of Recruitment and First-Year Experience John Carrere leads a New Student Orientation session for first-time college students and their parents.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College Enrollment Services personnel are encouraging first-time college students planning to attend Pitt this fall to complete an admissions application as soon as possible to get the enrollment process underway.

PCC Director of Recruitment and First-Year Experience John Carrere says getting off to the right start is the key to success in higher education. He said Pitt helps first-time students establish a solid foundation by having them participate in New Student Orientation (NSO).

“Because the college landscape is everchanging, it’s critical for our students to have a thorough understanding of PCC processes and the support services we make available to help them succeed,” Carrere said. “New Student Orientation covers many of the questions students and their families have about attending Pitt, and it gives us a chance to make sure we’ve addressed their needs early on.”

Carrere says NSO participants learn tips for successfully transitioning to college and are assigned academic advisors to register for classes. He says they can take guided campus tours, speak with representatives from off-campus apartment complexes, and learn about PCC student support services, such as tutoring, counseling and financial aid.

The information provided during orientation is helpful to the parents of new PCC students as well, Carrere says.

“We recognize the importance of having family members take part in this experience,” he said. “Parents play a critical role in a new learner’s ability to make a successful transition to college, so we provide an orientation experience for family members to welcome them with the best information to support their student.”

To sign up for an NSO session, Carrere says students can visit the PCC website or email orientation@my.pittcc.edu.

The 2023 Fall Semester at PCC begins Aug. 17.