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August 26, 2021

The first couple of weeks of classes can be stressful – these quick tips can help ensure you’re set up for success this semester.

Excited about starting college but unsure how to prepare for the first week of classes? Between monitoring important deadlines, remembering your login information and finding parking, the first few days of a new semester can be challenging.

Here are the top six things every new student at JCCC should do to prepare for the semester:

1) Activate your stumail account

JCCC provides every student with an email account — called "stumail." You’ll get important reminders, notices and enrollment information from the College at this email address. First-time students must activate their stumail account through their acceptance email. 

2) Get to know the many features of MyJCCC

When it comes to staying organized, MyJCCC is your one stop for:

  • Enrolled course information
  • Stumail access
  • Adding/dropping classes
  • Upcoming dates and deadlines
  • Important announcements
  • Additional links

Your schedule of classes is conveniently displayed on MyJCCC, and there is a list of upcoming dates and deadlines. It’s important to make a note of drop dates, holidays, payment schedules, open enrollment times and withdrawal dates to ensure you don’t miss a deadline. Go to to access your account– it’s that simple!

3) Manage your classes through Canvas

Canvas is the online learning management system that JCCC utilizes to support classwork. Professors use Canvas to post assignments, grades, class information and syllabi. Familiarize yourself with each function because this is the platform you will use to submit work, participate in discussion boards and take quizzes.

4) Identify classroom locations and parking lots

Navigating a campus as big as JCCC can feel like an endless maze, especially when you’re running late to class. Find your way around before stepping foot on campus using this online map. Don’t worry, printed versions are also available for easy reference.

Finding a good parking spot is just as crucial as mapping out your classes. JCCC has more than 5,200 free parking spaces in lots and garages surrounding each building. We recommend getting to campus early to secure a spot.

5) Pinpoint campus study spaces and resources

Discover how focused and productive you can be in our designated study spaces on campus. Almost every hallway in every building has places for you to sit and work on homework. In addition, there are larger spaces around campus, like the CoLab and Library study rooms, which are perfect for group projects. 

Did you know you can borrow a Chromebook, Microsoft Surface tablet or Windows laptop to use while on campus? Your student ID card is all you need to check out a device from the Library or the CoLab.

6) Connect online

Social media is a great way to stay updated with campus news, upcoming events and other happenings. Follow JCCC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to join in the conversation and get connected.   

Additional resources to help you succeed

From Technical Support to our Career Development Center, we offer a variety of student resources to assist you at every step of your educational journey. Check out our comprehensive list and explore all JCCC has to offer!