What is New Student Orientation (NSO)?

Research demonstrates that students who are properly oriented to the college achieve a higher level of academic success than those who are not. NSO is Gateway's program to assist new students in transitioning into the college environment and become familiar with the various services, resources, and opportunities available at Gateway.

Sign Up for NSO

Orientation sessions are open to new students, as well as to parents or spouses of new students, and are geared towards those who wish to have a more hands-on campus orientation.

Sign up for NSO here! (Please check back for dates and times)

The on-campus tour does not replace the online orientation program.

To register you will need:

  • A working email address for automated reminders and to receive your pre-session packet
  • Your Student (Banner) ID number, which can be found on your Admissions letter in the top right-hand corner
  • Your cell phone number to receive text message reminders and any last minute information from the College.

If you require special accommodations, please read below.

How is NSO different from NSAR?

NSO allows students to learn about all aspects of college life, from financial aid and student involvement to academic success and library resources. It also offers students an opportunity to interact with college faculty and staff as well as meet other new and returning students. New Student Advising and Registration (NSAR), on the other hand, is a 2-hour program designed to assist new students in understanding the academic world, and to register for their first semester of courses at the college.

Do I attend all the sessions?

No. NSO is only one day and you only have to sign up for one session and stay for its entirety. We also encourage you to bring your parents with you to your Orientation so they may receive vital information on how to help you be successful in College.

What do I do if I need adjustments/accommodations for a disability?

If you are a student who has a documented disability and may require any accommodations while attending a New Student Orientation session, please submit the information requested during the online registration process and contact the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) Office. Students are encouraged to make requests at least 48 hours in advance of the session.

Become an NSO Leader

For returning students who are interested in serving as a New Student Orientation (NSO) Leader, students should forward a resumé and cover letter outlining his or her interest in the position to the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs.  Recruitment for NSO Leaders begins late Spring each year.


NSO Online

Register for New Student Orientation