Frequently Asked Questions
Is New Student Orientation (NSO) Required for All First-Time Entering Freshmen?
Yes! It is proven that students who attend NSO are more likely to be successful and complete their program of study. Your success is important to us! We take great pride in planning an NSO that will prepare you to walk in your first class with confidence and provide you with the best possible opportunity for success!
Why Should I Attend New Student Orientation?
The transition from high school to college can be challenging whether or not you are a recent high school graduate. NSO is an opportunity to interact with representatives from the college of your major, current and new students and to register for your classes. It is also an opportunity to learn new things about the university that you might not have known!
Do I Have to Pay for My Classes at New Student Orientation?
No, you do not have to pay for your classes on your New Student Orietation date. However, payment arrangements must be made prior to the start of the semester. Make sure you have your Financial Aid in order and be aware of payment deadlines. If you have any questions regarding Financial Aid, please call 479-788-7090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Which New Student Orientation Date Should I Attend?
When you register for the NSO, the dates that you are eligible to attend will show on the drop down menu. Student’s that want to attend the Overnight NSO, should call 479-788-7400 to register for that event. You should attend the earliest possible date for the best selection of a class schedule.
Will I Need My Username and Password During New Student Orientation?
Yes! You MUST change your password in the Portalguard Management System prior to your NSO. In addition, you MUST bring your username and password with you to NSO in order to log in and register for your classes.
Where Will New Student Orientation be Held?
Check in will start on the first floor of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center. Check in for the overnight NSO will start at the Lion’s Den. After a short welcome, students will move to various locations on campus during the day.
Do I Have to Attend All of the Activities During New Student Orientation?
Yes, participation in ALL New Student Orientation activities is expected and required in order for you to register on the day of their event. Designated times of New Student Orientation activities cannot be adjusted. With the exception of the overnight NSO, Students should plan to be on campus until 5:00pm.
How much does New Student Orientation cost?
A $30 fee will be attached to your first semester’s bill for the day events. A $70 fee will be attached to your first semester’s bill for the overnight event.
Do I Have to Register for New Student Orientation Ahead of Time?
Registration for the event is required. We prepare for your arrival, so it is critical that you register for the event.
Are Parents Required to Attend?
No, parents are not required to attend. However, parents are invited and welcome to attend. We provide parents and guests with a separate full agenda for the day with plenty of time to ask questions.
Can I Bring My Children?
Although it is ok to bring children, it is not generally a good idea. Children will not be allowed to attend the overnight NSO. This is an opportunity for you to begin the process of becoming a college student. You need to focus on what is being said in each session to increase your opportunity for success!
What If I Need to Change the Date of My New Student Orientation?
Please contact the Advising Center at 479-788-7400 or email us at email@example.com to change your date.
What If I Have Decided to Change My Major?
Taking the correct classes for your major is important to your success. Some majors have introduction classes that should be taken in the first semester. If you have decided to change your major, please contact Admissions at 479-788-7120 or 888-512-LION. If you do not call ahead, majors can be changed during the check-in process.
When and Where Do I Get My Student ID?
You will have your photo taken during the check-in process. You will have the opportunity to pick up your student ID at the end of the day at our Records Office located on the second floor of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.
How Long Will New Student Orientation Last?
You should plan to be on campus until 5:00 p.m.
Where Should I Park?
You may park anywhere on campus that is not reserved. Parking passes can be purchased the Parking Office prior to the start of the semester you are attending.