New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (Required for all new students) January 12-13,  2017


The mission of New Student Orientation is to assist new students with the transition to Gallaudet University.   Through a series of programs and experiences, students will learn to navigate resources with the University.  These resources will provide guidance and support as new students develop a foundation for growth and become members of a global society.  Students will be introduced to programs that will foster a greater understanding of the student’s individual identity as well as the mission of Gallaudet, including, appreciating diversity and the value of contributing to the advancement of all new students during their years at Gallaudet. 

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a required program for all students enrolling the first time. This includes freshmen, transfer, international, and honors students. During NSO, you will participate in welcome week activities; meet academic advisors, faculty, and administrators; and become familiar with campus culture and services. 

Arrival Information

Spring Semester 2017

January 11, 2017
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Residence Hall Move-in Day
Students may move into the residence halls but the meal plan does not begin until NSO arrival day on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  Students may purchase meals on their own at either of the three eateries on campus or go off campus.

January 12, 2017
9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
JSAC Multipurpose Room
Freshmen & Transfer Students Check-In and Registration
All new students must complete the following steps in order (#1-3) during Arrival Day:

1. Student ID Processing
Dept. of Public Safety, Carlin Hall, Ground Floor

2. Residence Hall check-in
Check in your assigned residence hall

3. Business Registration
JSAC Multipurpose room

Late Arrivals
If you arrive after New Student Orientation (NSO) registration closes at 12:00  p.m. on Thursday, January 12,  2017  (or anytime during after hours on Thursday or Friday or during the weekend), please go directly to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), located in the lower level of Carlin Hall, to get your student ID before proceeding to your assigned residence hall. Someone at the front desk of your residence hall will have your room key. You must report to the Office of Admissions, located in the Edward Miner Gallaudet (EMG) Memorial Building, first thing the next weekday morning to begin your NSO registration process.

If you arrive during the day on Thursday or Friday, go directly instead to the Office of Admissions, located in the Edward Miner Gallaudet (EMG) Memorial Building on the first floor, between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to begin your NSO registration process.

All late-arrival international students arriving during the day must check in first with Mona McCubbin, International Student Services Specialist, located in Dawes House, room 104.

Please e-mail or page, if you will be arriving late  for NSO. As a reminder, NSO is required of all new students. Late arrivals are for unforeseeable situations such as plane delays or family emergencies.

For more information or answers to additional questions, contact

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