Orientation at HCC provides academic and social experiences designed to help with a successful transition into college life. The program focuses on the reinforcement of successful student behaviors, effective learning strategies, an awareness of student services, and academic and administrative policies and procedures.

All first-time, full-time students are required to enroll in Success Seminar/College Orientation (ED 105) during their first semester at Hutchinson Community College. Outreach and part-time students who plan to work toward a college degree are encouraged to enroll in the course on an elective basis. Success Seminar/College Orientation is a course designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge important to success in college and beyond. Core topics of the course include study skills, goal setting, learning styles, healthy life-styles and institutional policies. Other course topics include time management, critical thinking,  relationships, career planning, library usage, teachers and students as partners, cultural diversity and the value of college. In addition, campus resources are explored. The HCC orientation program is coordinated through the Office of the Vice President of Student Services.