Welcome New Students!

Congratulations on your admission to Gallaudet University! We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the Bison family! We are here to empower you to reach your fullest potential, in and out of the classroom. Gallaudet is a place that is rich in culture and diversity; we have students from all walks of life, from all over the world. There's much to learn here, in and out of the classroom. We are here to empower you, give you the resources you need to be a successful student, in and out of the classroom.

The New Student Orientation (NSO) is a required program for all students enrolling the first time, including freshmen, transfer, international, and honors students. This program is a transition program that introduces new students to Gallaudet's resources and helps students adjust to life away from home. The NSO is a time when you begin to settle in your dorms, bond with and make new friends, meet academic advisors, faculty and administrators. There's no other university quite like Gallaudet; your experience here will be unique and memorable.

If you have any questions at all about the program, contact us at orientation.programs@gallaudet.edu. We'll be happy to assist.

Mission

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 the resources available at 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.

Arrival Information

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Early arrival

Students have the option of getting settled into their dorms before NSO activities begin the next day. If you are planning to arrive early, here's what you must do:

  1. Please report to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), located in the lower level of Carlin Hall, to get your student ID.
  2. Go to your assigned Residence Hall and check in at the front desk. They will have your room key ready for you and provide you with any information you'll need to get settled. If you have not yet been assigned to a residence hall, please contact residence.life@gallaudet.edu for assistance.

Please be aware that the meal plan does not begin until NSO begins the next morning, Wednesday, August 23. Students may purchase meals on their own at any of the three eateries on campus or go off campus. Where to eat?

Registration for NSO will take place on Wednesday, August 23. See below for details.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

If you arrive on this day, you must:

  1. Go to your assigned Residence Hall and check in at the front desk. They will have your room key ready for you and provide you with any information you'll need to get settled.
  2. Go to the Field House:
    1. DPS will have a station where you can get your student ID
    2. You'll register for the NSO program and receive your packet of information.

NSO Schedule

Late Arrivals

If you arrive after 3 p.m., you must:

  1. Please report to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), located in the lower level of Carlin Hall, to get your student ID.
  2. Go to your assigned Residence Hall and check in at the front desk. They will have your room key ready for you and provide you with any information you'll need to get settled.
  3. First thing next morning, you must report to the Office of Admissions in the Edward Miner Gallaudet building to complete the NSO registration process.

Thursday and Friday

If you arrive during the day on Thursday or Friday, go directly 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.