New Student Orientation

Female student in KCC apparel

New Student Orientation is a great way to learn about the campus, meet other students, interact with potential instructors, and receive information about how various departments can help you achieve your goals! Please remember, if you are a new student, orientation is mandatory.

Once you have registered for classes, Click here to schedule a date for a New Student Orientation. Upon arrival to the Events Calendar (where the link takes you), please select “New Student Orientation” in the “Event Category” section, then click “Search”. This will show you a list of available New Student Orientation dates and times. Select the desired event and follow the prompts.

The day of your scheduled orientation, please report to room 201 the Davidson Building on the Battle Creek campus, located at 450 North Ave. Click here to view a map of the campus. Previous to your scheduled orientation, you will receive a confirmation email sent to your KCC email address with the above-mentioned information.

After orientation you will:

  • Be more successful. Research shows that students who go through orientation earn a higher GPA than those who do not.
  • Find out about campus resources. Discover what you have access to, where to go, and how to use services.
  • Learn what to expect from the college classroom.
  • Find out about important college publications like the catalog and schedule.

Online Orientation

Degrees, Certificates

Kellogg Community College offers the following associate degrees:

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate in General Studies
  • Associate in Criminal Justice
  • Associate in International Studies
  • Associate in Elementary Education
  • Associate in Applied Science in 42 occupational and transfer curricula.

Additionally, there are approximately 30 certificate programs offered and more than 100 transfer programs.

Quick Facts

We have approximately 12,700 students at five locations:

  • Main Campus, Battle Creek
  • Eastern Academic Center, Albion
  • Fehsenfeld Center, Hastings
  • Grahl Center, Coldwater
  • Regional Manufacturing Technology Center, Battle Creek

There are three semesters per academic year:

  • Fall – Sept. through mid-Dec.
  • Spring – early Jan. through early May
  • Summer – mid-May through mid-Aug.

We have seven athletic teams:

  • Women’s Sports – Cross-Country, Volleyball, Softball and Basketball
  • Men’s Sports – Cross-Country, Baseball and Basketball
  • Our mascot is the Bruin.

Student Success

These are the 6 Steps to Success at KCC:

Step 1

Apply to KCC

Step 2

Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships.

On the Financial Aid page you will find FAFSA forms and help; private, local, and national scholarship information, and transfer financial aid information. Tip: be sure to log-in to your KCC student email account for up-to-date information about the status of your financial aid! All correspondence from the Financial Aid Office will be through your KCC email.

Step 3

Complete the New Student Orientation

Step 4

Take the Assessment Test (COMPASS).

ACT English and Reading scores may be used for placement instead of the Compass writing skills and reading components. The Testing & Assessment Center is located in the Ohm Information Technology Center (OITC) room 108. COMPASS testing is available on the Battle Creek campus Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on a walk-in basis, and Friday by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or for questions, please call 269-965-4136.

Step 5

Meet with an Academic Advisor.

Talk to an advisor face-to-face or online. Advisors can help at any location with:

  • Course selection
  • Career exploration
  • Selective admissions programs including Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Medical Lab Technician, Physical Therapy Assistant, and Radiography
  • Transfer Guides & Educational Plans

Step 6

Register and Pay for Classes

Information System/Technology


Username – Your username will be the letter k and your 7 digit student or college ID number. Example: Robert Grass, ID# 0123456 = k0123456

Password – Your initial password will be your 6 digit birth date (mmddyy), and when you login you should change it immediately. Your password is also called “universal password.” Example: June 7, 1986 = 060786

Bruin Portal/Email

The Bruin Portal is the gateway to web services. It is accessed at the top right of KCC’s website. If you have problems logging in, check the Portal Help information.

KRIS System/Technology

The Kellogg Registration Information System (KRIS) allows you to:

  • Add, drop, and withdraw from classes.
  • View and print your class schedule.
  • Print unofficial transcripts and request official ones.
  • Check your grades – you must check grades online; they are NOT mailed to you.
  • Check your account balance and make payments.
  • Check on your Financial Aid status.

You can access KRIS through the Web Portal.

Help Desk

Located in the Learning Resource Center (library), the IS Help Desk offers support for Macs and PCs:

  • KRIS
  • Web Portal
  • Email
  • Wireless
  • Office
  • Windows
  • Tips & Tricks
  • Hot Topics
  • Online Mini-Movies
  • Download Software
  • Moodle

Alerting System

  • Receive immediate notification
    • Closings, cancellations, power outages, weather/security alerts
  • Alerts sent by text or email to:
    • KCC or personal email account
    • Alert also appears on KCC home page
    • Receive alerts for all campus locations or a specific campus

Subscription is free, but the individual is responsible for fees charged by their service provider for text or email. To sign up, go to the KCC home page, login to portal, and follow the link under KCC Links (KCC Alert Notification Signup).


College Catalog

The KCC Academic Catalog offers:

  • General KCC information
  • Degree and Certificate Requirements
  • Transfer Information/MACRAO Agreement
  • Courses of Instruction

Student Handbook

Discover KCC’s policies and procedures in the Student Handbook.

Student Life


Bruin Bookstore Main campus bookstore stocks:

  • New and used textbooks for all campuses
  • Supplies (pens, disks, notebooks, etc.)
  • Discounted software
  • KCC apparel and gifts

Records and Registration offers similar services as the Web Portal, but in person:

  • Register for classes
  • Enrollment verification
  • Graduation information
  • Request official transcripts
  • Change name, address, phone number
  • Make payments: Tuition, fines, and fees
  • Student IDs

Career & Employment Services The Career & Employment Services office provides a full range of employment services:

  • On-campus work
  • Résumé and cover letter writing
  • Interview assistance
  • Job lead development
  • Online job search support
  • Employment resource center

Support Services offers:

  • Special Populations Program: disability, low-income, non-traditional, single parent/pregnant woman, displaced homemaker, academic need, and/or limited English proficiency.
  • Student Support Services Program
  • Tutoring services

Business Office

What to Expect in the Classroom

  • Lectures
  • Group Work
  • Discussions
  • Technology

Instructor’s Expectations

  • Read the syllabus. The course syllabus is your road-map to the semester; you will obtain one syllabus for each course you are registered for. You should expect to get the syllabus from your instructor during the first week of classes. A syllabus includes:
    • Learning Outcomes – what you are expected to learn from the course.
    • Attendance Policy – each instructor has the right to develop his/her own attendance policy.
    • Grading System
    • Required Course Materials – not just books, you may also be required to read articles, websites, magazines, or other related material.
    • Tentative Course Outline – the instructor has the right to change this outline at any time.
    • Instructor’s office hours and contact information.
  • Complete homework
  • Participate in class

In the classroom, instructors generally expect:

  • Students to understand all assignments, even assignments that aren’t covered in class. Every assignment is a possible exam question; if you don’t understand an assignment and it’s not covered in class, be sure to talk with your instructor to make sure you understand every assignment.
  • Students to think critically and independently. Develop your own opinions and be able to communicate your thoughts in an educated, respectable manner; don’t simply regurgitate thoughts.

Outside the Classroom

  • Use a planner, if you don’t already. Effective time management is crucial in college.
  • Create a support system. Be aware of campus resources. Discuss your education with family and friends.
  • Minimize procrastination
  • Find your ideal study location. KCC offers many quiet study areas.
  • Communicate. Let your instructors know when/if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Academic Resources

Morris Learning Resource Center (LRC)

  • Collections you have access to:
    – Books, Periodicals, Magazines, and Journals
    – Electronic Databases – even from home!
    – Media – DVDs, CDs, and Videos
  • Interlibrary Loan Service
  • Private group study rooms
  • Laptop loan service

The Bridge offers free services, including study aids and a computer lab. Staff will help students develop skills in:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Basics
  • Study Skills