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New Student Orientation and Registration

As a new student at the College, you are required to attend an orientation/registration session. This is an event located at Mercy College of Health Sciences. This session introduces you to critical policies and deadlines as well as available student services and activities. During the session, you will choose your courses with help from faculty advisors and register for your first semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the orientation last?

Orientation and registration is a four-hour event.

What do I need to bring to orientation?

All you need to bring to orientation is your license plate number and health insurance information. An Orientation Guide will be provided as well as writing materials. Also, bring any questions you may have that you would like answered about Mercy College.

Can my parents or family members attend orientation?

We welcome parents and/or family members to attend. There will be a separate "Parent, Spouse, and Family Session" following the "Welcome and Introduction to the College". Parents and/or family members will be able to attend this session while their student attends various Student Success Sessions. Parents and/or family members will then have the option to leave and come back at the end of Orientation to pick-up their student.

Is childcare provided at orientation?

No, please do not bring your children – this is YOUR day to get acclimated!

What are the benefits of attending orientation?

New Student Orientation and Registration allows you to get acclimated to the college before classes start. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and get answers about everything Mercy College has to offer. There are plenty of opportunities to meet other new Mercy College students, which will enable you to form bonds and friendships before the semester starts. You will meet with your faculty advisor and register for your first semester courses.

How do I get my parking permit and ID Badge?

At orientation, you will complete and submit a parking permit and ID badge form during the session to get your parking permit. Your photo will also be taken for your student ID badge.

Your Mercy College Student ID badge will be available for pick-up your first week of classes at the Receptionists Desk in the Sullivan Center.

What do I need my ID badge and parking permit for?

The parking permit allows you to park in the 701 Crocker Street student parking lot on campus or Employee lots of Mercy Medical Center at designated times. Violators will be ticketed and/or towed. (Click here to view Student Handbook for details.) 

The ID badge must be worn visibly on campus or in clinical settings at all times. It is needed for borrowing books from the college library, print services, identification on clinical sites, and building and parking access. A processing fee of $15 is charged for replacement badges.

Quick Info

Location

Mercy College of Health Sciences
Patricia Clare Sullivan Center
928 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

Parking  

Visitor parking is available in front of the Sullivan Center (North Parking Lot).