New Student Orientation

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*Required for all incoming freshmen*

Attention, new freshmen and transfer students: This fall's New Student Orientation will take place beginning Thursday, August 20th and run through Sunday, August 23rd. NSO is a comprehensive and welcoming program and gets you off to a good start before fall classes begin.

On behalf of the student orientation leaders and Niagara administration who make up the New Student Orientation (NSO) team, WELCOME to campus as the newest members of the Niagara University student body. This website is the new student hub for important information about this fall's New Student Orientation.

The New Student Orientation program is for ALL new students, including residents and commuters and is a requirement for new students. NSO is a great follow-up for our incoming freshmen from your virtual summer orientation (SUMO) experience and an all-encompassing welcome experience for new transfer students.  

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The goal of NSO is to provide you the opportunity to experience what it means to be a Niagara University student. Through NSO, you will develop a deeper understanding of Niagara’s core values, become better acquainted with your surroundings and meet some your classmates both in person and virtually and other members of the Niagara University community. All of this is designed to help you gain some 'Purple Pride.'

New Student Orientation 2020 - COMMUTER STUDENTS

NSO for our new freshmen commuter students begins IN PERSON on Thursday, August 20th at 9:45am.  Commuters will only be physically on campus on Thursday, August 20th and the program will run until approximately 4:00pm. Lunch will be included. Be sure to be wearing a face covering. At check-in you will receive a NU bag that includes two NU-branded masks and a bottle of hand sanitizer for you to use not only during NSO but as you begin your classes. The bag comes with a latch that can hook to just about any backpack. 

In order to properly space all students, new commuter students have been put into groups based on the first letter of their last name. When referencing the NSO Schedule of events be sure to find your group. The breakdown is as follows:

Commuters w/last names A - C

Commuters w/last names D - G

Commuters w/last names H - L

Commuters w/last names M - O

Commuters w/last names P - Z

In addition to the in-person NSO, commuters will be required to attend a virtual orientation session on Saturday, August 22nd beginning at 11:30am and running through approximately 1:30pm. All commuters will receive more information on both the in-person and virtual orientation sessions via their NU email account. Commuter Students can click here to register for the virtual orientation session.

There will also be virtual entertainment programs as part of NSO on Thursday, August 20th and Friday, August 21st beginning at 9:00pm each evening. All students are heavily encouraged to log in and enjoy! 

Click here to access a detailed schedule of events for NSO 2020

New Student Orientation 2020 - RESIDENT STUDENTS

NSO for our new freshmen and transfer resident students begins IN-PERSON on Friday, August 21st. A combination of important informational sessions in person along with virtual and in person social programs will be offered through Sunday, August 23rd. Check out the NSO 2020 schedule of events for more details. Resident students have been put into groups based on what residence hall and residence hall floor they live on. When reviewing the NSO schedule of events make sure you know what group you are in. The breakdown of groups is as follows:

Group 1 - O'Shea Hall, 5th floor residents

Group 2 - O'Shea Hall, 6th floor residents

Group 3 - O'Shea Hall, 7th floor residents

Group 4 - O'Shea Hall, 2nd & 8th floor residents

Group 5 - University Apartments, Clet Hall, Lynch Hall, and O’Donoughue Hall residents

Group 6 - Seton Hall, 5th floor residents

Group 7 - Seton Hall, 6th floor residents

Group 8 - Seton Hall, 7th floor residents

Group 9 - Seton Hall, 8th floor residents

Group 10 - Varsity Village residents

While on campus students must always have a face covering. Please bring your own face covering. During NSO you will also be given a bag that includes two branded NU masks and a bottle of hand sanitizer for your use during NSO and as you begin classes. There are sanitizer refill stations located throughout campus where you can freely refill your bottle. The bag comes with a latch that can hook to just about any backpack. 

There will be virtual entertainment programs as part of NSO on Thursday, August 20th and Friday, August 21st beginning at 9:00pm each evening. All students are heavily encouraged to log in and enjoy! 

Click here to access a detailed schedule of events for NSO 2020

Announcements & Instagram Follows

Classes then begin Monday, August 24.

In anticipation of your arrival to campus, you are encouraged to “Like” Niagara University on Facebook and Niagara University on Instagram.

Some great NU Instagram Follows!  these pages to have all the latest information about all that is NU:

New Student Orientation is designed to get you off to a good start in your life inside and outside of the classroom here at Niagara.

Please contact the Office of Campus Activities with any questions you may have by calling 716.286.8510.