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Are you a new student at Coastal Alabama?

Join us for New Student Orientation and get prepared for the Fall semester. Our summer orientation sessions will give you valuable information and help prepare you to be a student with Coastal Alabama. Some of the beneficial information covered at orientation will include:

  • An introduction to college life
  • Financial Aid information
  • Navigating your student account
  • Overview of our online learning system Canvas
  • Introduction to student activities and clubs
  • Campus Safety
  • Meet with an academic advisor
  • Assistance with course registration

How to sign up for New Student Orientation?

  1. Apply for admissions
  2. Review the New Student Orientation dates and locations below
  3. Click on the link next to your preferred date and complete the online form to reserve your spot
  4. Check your email for a confirmation email

How to prepare for your New Student Orientation Session: 

  1. Make sure you apply for admissions prior to your arrival
  2. If you did not provide a copy of your valid ID during the application process, email a copy to or see admissions the day of your session.
  3. Request copies of all official transcripts be sent to Coastal Alabama (high school/GED and previous colleges, if applicable). Your transcripts should be official and final, meaning they include final grades, GPA, and graduation date.
  4. Send ACT scores to; or schedule an Accuplacer placement test here
  5. Bring your student number and student email information with you to your session. You received this information via an email with the subject line: " Your Name, This is important!"


New Student Orientation Dates

Location Date Time
Atmore July 25, 2023 TBA
Bay Minette June 14, 2023 TBA
Bay Minette June 28, 2023 TBA
Bay Minette July 20, 2023 TBA
Bay Minette July 27, 2023 TBA
Brewton June 27, 2023 TBA
Brewton July 13, 2023 TBA
Gilbertown July 25, 2023 TBA
Gulf Shores June 29, 2023 TBA
Fairhope June 8, 2023 TBA
Fairhope July 18, 2023 TBA
Monroeville June 15, 2023 TBA
Monroeville July 12, 2023 TBA
Thomasville June 20, 2023 TBA
Thomasville July 11, 2023 TBA

How to attend a New Student Orientation Orientation Session online:

Can’t make it to a campus for orientation? We have an online option as well. Here is how you can view the New Student Orientation information online

*New Student Orientation courses will not begin uploading to Canvas until after June 1st*

  1. If you have not already, complete the application for admission. Have your valid ID handy for upload during the application process.
  2. Request all final (includes final grades, GPA, and graduation date) official transcripts be sent to the Admissions office (High school/GED and all previously attended colleges, if applicable)
  3. Check your email address you provided during the application process in 24 to 48 hours. You will be sent an email detailing next steps, and a second email containing your Student number and your student email address.  All correspondence after this will be sent to your student email.
  4. Allow 5 to 7 business days, and a New Student Orientation “course” will be uploaded to your CANVAS account.  Canvas is the online learning system for Coastal Alabama. You will access Canvas using your student email and password. 
  5. Complete the New Student Orientation course, and earn at least an 80% on the course.
  6. Contact to set up an advising appointment to discuss academic and career goals, as well as map out your coursework for fall semester. 
  7. Register for classes via your OneACCS account.

If you have any problems accessing your Coastal Alabama Canvas account, please contact the Helpdesk, or 251-580-4900.