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Undergraduate Orientation Programs (NSO)

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Jordan Student Academic Center, Room 1000

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Every college journey begins with the first step of arriving on campus. This Student Affairs unit coordinates New Student Orientation (NSO) programs for all new students. Family members are invited to attend Family Orientation for a nominal fee.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is a required program for all new students enrolling at Gallaudet University for the first time. This includes freshmen, transfer students, and international students. During NSO, new students meet their academic advisors, learn about academic expectations, Gallaudet's history and traditions, campus policies, and participate in social activities. English and mathematics placement tests are offered to determine appropriate course placement. New students involved in NSO will not participate in any activities other than those stated in the official NSO schedule.

International Students

International students for the fall semester participate in a three-day pre-orientation in addition to NSO.

Students with Disabilities

Students with visual, mobility, learning, or other special needs should submit disability documentation as early as possible directly to the Office of Students with Disabilities (OSWD). OSWD staff will help to accommodate students with special needs during NSO and throughout their college years.


Family Orientation Program

The Family Orientation Program is designed to help students and their families learn about Gallaudet together and ease the transition from family to university life. Two Family Orientation Programs are offered, one in July during the Jump Start Program and one in August during the New Student Orientation. During these orientations, families learn about the University's programs and services, especially in relation to their student's life on campus, academic progress, and resources available. Among the most popular events is a panel of current students who share their experiences and perceptions of college life.

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