Welcome New Students!

Congratulations on your admission to Gallaudet University. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the Bison family. New Student Orientation (NSO) is a required program for all students enrolling at Gallaudet for the first time, including first-year and transfer students. NSO is a transition program intended to help students get ready for the start of their academic career at Gallaudet University. During NSO you will have time to settle in to your residence hall, meet your academic advisors, become familiar with Gallaudet University resources, and get to know your classmates. There is no other place like this in the world; your experience here will be unique and memorable.

If you have any questions, contact us at orientation.programs@gallaudet.edu.


The mission of New Student Orientation is to assist new undergraduate students with their transition to Gallaudet University. Through a series of programs and experiences, students will meet their peers, become familiar with Gallaudet University policies, procedures and resources, and participate in a variety of academic and social experiences.

Orientation Dates

Residence hall move-in day: Wednesday January 16, 2019
New Student Orientation: Thursday, January 17–Friday, January 18, 2019

Arrival Information

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

If you are living on campus, we encourage you to move into your residence hall the day before Orientation begins. When you arrive:

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

Students who need to arrive before Wednesday, January 16 must complete the Early Arrival Form. Please note that there is a $34.00 per night charge for early arrivals prior to January 16. (FYI: if you arrive early for JumpStart, Athletics Training Camps, Honors Program Orientation, International Programs Orientation, or Orientation for Students with Disabilities, please review arrival day information for those specific programs).

For New Student Orientation, your meal plan begins with dinner on Wednesday, January 16. Before then, you may purchase meals on your own at any of the three eateries on campus or go off campus to nearby restaurants. Where to eat?

NSO officially begins with “Meet your Peer Mentor/Orientation Leader” on Wednesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Residence Life welcome.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Orientation Check-In and business registration begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 17 in the Field House.  See the NSO Schedule to find out what's happening during NSO.