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Arrival & New Students Orientation (NSO)

Arrival & NSO 2013

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 23, 2014 at the Welcome Session and continues until the first day of classes, Wednesday, August 27, 2014. 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.

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' Workshop is your first introduction to the challenges and rewards of the University's intellectual life of the mind.

After reading the book, you are asked to complete an assignment: Your responses are not intended to be exhaustive essays but simply reflections on the few points you found most intriguing or salient. You will not need to answer all the questions provided; they are simply guides to start you thinking.

The due date for the assignment will be determined as soon as possible, which you will submit via Georgetown's coursework software, Blackboard. You will receive an email notification when your mentor is assigned and when you may submit your assignment. This does not mean, however, that you should wait until August to read the book and write your reflections!

For additional information about the Marino Workshop and this year's novel, please visit the website or send us an e-mail.

NSO Schedule Highlights

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

NSO registration begins  on Friday, August 22, 2014 and continues on Saturday, August 23, 2014 in concurrence with housing check-in around campus.

Saturday, August 23
  • Residence Hall Move-In
  • NSO Check-In
  • ID Cards
  • NSO Welcome Session
  • NSO Small Group Meeting
  • Residence Hall Floor Meeting
  • Pep Rally
  • NSO Evening Event
Sunday, August 24
  • Religious Services
  • New Student Convocation
  • Goodbye Lunch
  • College Sessions
  • This is Georgetown
  • NSO Evening Event
Monday, August 25
  • Language Placement Testing
  • Transfer Registration
  • A Capella Lunch
  • Marino Writers' Workshop
  • Pluralism in Action
  • NSO Evening Event
Tuesday, August 26
  • First Year Registration
  • Mass of the Holy Spirit
  • Welcome Jack BBQ
  • Open Houses
  • Destination DC
  • Closing Ceremony


Orientation430 Leavey CenterWashington D.C. 20057Phone: (202) 687.3906Fax: (202)

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