New Student Orientation (NSO) is required for all new students and will take place on Saturday, August 24 to Tuesday, August 27

NSO is designed to officially welcome you to Georgetown University, communicate academic and community expectations, and prepare you to successfully navigate your transition to the Hilltop. Students should expect to spend full days Saturday through Tuesday on campus and in NSO programming, as you will be receiving mandatory information and making connections critical to your success on campus.

NSO Schedule Overview

Below, please see an outline of the schedule of events for New Student Orientation.  Events marked with an asterisk* are mandatory events for new students.  A full schedule, including session descriptions, will be available on the GU NSO mobile app starting August 15.

A PDF of the schedule book can be viewed here. 
The GU NSO mobile app should be your primary source for the schedule to reflect any updates. 

Friday, August 23, 2019
9:00am - 9:00pm          Residence Hall Move-in*
                                     NSO Check-in*
9:00am - 8:00pm          Convocation Robe/Ticket Pick-Up*
9:00am - 9:30pm          I-NSO Activities and Events*
6:00pm - 9:00pm          Dinner for students
9:00pm - 11:00pm      Evening Program

Saturday, August 24, 2019
8:00am - 9:45am          Full Breakfast Buffet
9:00am - 2:00pm          Convocation Robe/Ticket Pick-Up*
10:00am - 11:00am      NSO Welcome Session & First Small Group Meeting*
11:00am - 2:00pm        President’s Move-in Day Picnic
11:00am - 3:00pm        NSO Marketplace at Red Square
11:00am - 3:00pm        Open Houses and Tours
2:45pm - 3:45pm          OA Small Group Meeting*
4:00pm - 5:00pm          Jesuit Values Panel*
5:00pm - 6:15pm          Dinner*
6:30pm - 8:30pm          Residence Hall/Floor Meetings*
9:00pm - 11:00pm        Evening Program 

Sunday, August 25, 2019
8:00am - 10:00am        Breakfast at Leo’s
9:00am - 11:00am        Religious Services
11:00am                       Convocation Procession*
12:00pm - 1:00pm        Convocation Ceremony*
1:00pm - 2:30pm          Goodbye Lunch*
3:00pm-9:00pm            Rotating Mandatory Educational Sessions & Dinner*
10:00pm - 12:00am      Evening Program 

Monday, August 26, 2019
7:30am - 9:00am        Breakfast at Leo’s
9:00am - 11:00am      Academic Deans' Assemblies* 
11:00am - 1:00pm      Lunch at Leo’s
11:30am - 3:30pm     Testing (Language; English Writing; Math)*
3:00pm - 7:00pm       Marino Workshop Activites*
7:00pm - 8:30pm       Dinner at Leo’s
9:00pm - 11:00pm     Evening Program 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 
7:30am - 9:30am       Breakfast at Leo’s
11:15am - 12:15pm   Mass of the Holy Spirit
12:00pm - 3:00pm     Welcome Back Jack BBQ
12:00pm - 3:00pm     Open Houses and Tours
3:00pm - 5:30pm       Destination DC*
5:00pm - 6:15pm       Dinner at Leo’s
6:30pm - 7:30pm       Closing Ceremony*


Signature Events During NSO

New Student Orientation will feature various events to help orient you to life on the Hilltop, academically and socially. Programming topics include discussions of diversity and inclusion, developing healthy habits, and becoming familiar with all of the amazing resources on campus. Here are some signature events that occur during NSO:

Welcome Ceremony
NSO will kick-off with a Welcome Ceremony in which new students will hear from student speakers, meet their Orientation Advisor and group, and get pumped up for NSO!

New Student 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.

Convocation is mandatory for new students. A maximum of 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. Recommended dress is business casual.

Doors open at 10:45am and all guests should be seated by 11:15am. Procession begins at 11:30am. No one will be admitted (even for a saved seat) during the procession. All students and family members are welcome to join the faculty for lunch in various locations across campus following Convocation. 

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the academic convocation choir or orchestra ensembles. Benefits include an introduction to the music program at Georgetown, the ability to meet current students, and the opportunity to move into your dorm early before the rush of returning students. 

The Marino Family International Writers' Academic Workshop
Over the coming summer, you are required to read a selected novel by an international author. This year's selection will be announced later this Spring. After reading the book, you will write a short reflection paper in response to it. During NSO, you will attend a lecture by the author, with plenty of time for you to ask questions about the book and the writing process. 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 will be announced soon, and you will submit it via Georgetown's coursework software, Blackboard. You will receive an email notification when you may submit your assignment. We know the summer prior to move-in is hectic, so we recommend allowing plenty of time to read and write your reflection paper.

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

Accommodations During NSO

Students who might require an accommodation because of a physical or sensory disability should be in contact with the Academic Resource Center ( to discuss their needs. In this way, appropriate arrangements can be made in advance of NSO events.