Arrival & New Student Orientation (NSO)

Congratulations to our newly admitted Georgetown students! We look forward to orienting you this summer to life on the Hilltop. New Student Orientation (NSO) officially begins Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Welcome Session and continues until the first day of classes, Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Whether you are a freshman, transfer or international student, NSO is an exciting experience where you prepare for your four years on-campus, meet current students, staff, and faculty, and establish connections with other new students.

NSO Mobile

NSO: Anchors Aweigh took the mobile app experience to a new level in 2014. Georgetown's second year of a unique mobile app experience for new students used DoubleDutch to power an online schedule, private social media platform, gamification, leaderboard, and more. Take a look at this years NSO mobile experience ... and get ready for NSO 2015!

Georgetown Mobile New Student Orientation (NSO) from Georgetown UIS on Vimeo.

SIGNATURE EVENTS DURING NSO

PLURALISM IN ACTION

Pluralism in Action is a program designed to help incoming students explore issues of race, class, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and national origin that arise when attending a diverse institution. The goal of the program is not only to help you feel comfortable in an environment that includes individuals different from yourself, but also to learn to celebrate those differences.

Pluralism in Action consists of a performance followed by a discussion. The goal of the discussion is to encourage students to see similarities among them- selves while respecting and celebrating differences. You and your fellow students will play a vital role in creating an inclusive community — an important part of Georgetown's past and present.

NSO ACADEMIC CONVOCATION

Designed as your formal initiation into the academic community at Georgetown, the Academic Convocation will introduce you and your family to key elements of Georgetown's history and symbols. You will experience the University's traditions, such as academic regalia and the Alma Mater, and we will share our founding values and commitments, including the Honor Pledge.

In addition to hearing from student and faculty speakers, all newly enrolled students will don robes to signal their formal entry into the community of scholars. These same robes, with the addition of hoods, will later serve as your graduation gowns. Convocation is mandatory for new students. Two guest tickets will be provided per student. Ticketed seating will be in the McDonough Arena and extend to a tent outside where the ceremony will be broadcast. All students and family members are welcome to join the faculty for lunch on the front lawns following Convocation. Look for more specific information in your Welcome Packet when you arrive for NSO.

MARINO WRITERS' WORKSHOP

The Marino Family International Writers' Academic Workshop is your first introduction to the challenges and rewards of the University's intellectual life of the mind.

Over the coming summer, you are required to read a selected novel by an international author.  This year's selection is "Noontide Toll" by Romesh Gunesekera. After reading the book, you will write a short reflection paper in response to it. Then on the Monday of New Student Orientation, you will attend a lecture by Mr. Gunesekera, with plenty of time for you to ask questions about the book and the art of writing. After the lecture, you will meet with your orientation group and other students in a discussion section led by a faculty or staff member.

The due date for the assignment is August 1, 2015 and you will submit it via Georgetown's coursework software, Blackboard. You will receive an email notification when you may submit your assignment. This does not mean, however, that you should wait until July to read the book and write your reflections!

The selected novel and author, as well the assignment information, are available on the Marino Workshop website. If you have any questions, please contact marinoworkshop@georgetown.edu.

NSO SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

Please note: This is not the full NSO schedule and is subject to change.

NSO registration begins on Friday, August 28, 2015 and continues on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in concurrence with housing check-in around campus.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29

Morning

  • Residence Hall Move-In
  • NSO Check-In
  • ID Card Pickup

Afternoon

  • Welcome Session
  • NSO Small Group Meeting

Evening

  • Residence Hall Floor Meeting
  • Pep Rally
  • NSO Evening Event
SUNDAY, AUGUST 30

Morning

  • Religious Services

Afternoon

  • New Student Convocation
  • Goodbye Lunch
  • College Sessions

Evening

  • Hoya RealTalk
  • NSO Evening Event
MONDAY, AUGUST 31

Morning

  • Language Placement Testing
  • Transfer Registration

Afternoon

  • A Capella Lunch
  • Marino Writers' Workshop

Evening

  • Pluralism in Action
  • NSO Evening Event
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Morning

  • First Year Registration

Afternoon

  • Welcome Jack BBQ
  • Open Houses
  • Mass of the Holy Spirit

Evening

  • Destination DC
  • Closing Ceremony