NSO Schedule

Mark your calendars for New Student Orientation 2016! 

September 3-5

Check back after Summer Orientation to take a glimpse into the New Student Orientation schedule!

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Friday, August 28

  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m. - New Resident Student Move-In

    Please refer to your assigned move-in time provided to you by the Office of Residence Life. There will be nearly 90 orientation assistants ready to assist you in moving your belongings into the residence halls! Be sure to label all boxes with your name, hall name, and room number - and pack some water!

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Lunch On Your Own

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Academic Advisement Available

    If needed you may visit your academic dean's office to address any of your academic needs before the start of classes.

  • 11 a.m. - Class of 2019 Commuter Student Check-In & Lunch - Gallagher Center Multipurpose Room (MPR)

    Welcome, freshmen commuters! All commuters should plan to attend to pickup your student ID card that will be used for meals during NSO. You will also hear about many other important information. Lunch provided.

  • 12-1 p.m. - Transfer Student Welcome & Lunch - Bisgrove Hall, Rooms 350/351

    All incoming transfer students should attend this session to get your Niagara experience started right! Lunch provided.

  • 1:15 p.m. - New Student Group Photo - O'Shea Hall Quad

    Join in this awesome Niagara new student tradition! Get your FREE NU purple tee! All new students will spell out NU! Keep the shirt on for the New Student Convocation.

  • 2 p.m. - Assemble for New Student Convocation - Various Locations

    ALL new students will meet at one of the below locations to line up for the New Student Convocation. All family members are encouraged to be seated in the upper level of the Gallagher Center at this time.

    Assembly areas (depending on major)

    • Academic Exploration Program: St. Vincent's Hall Front Entrance
    • College of Arts & Science: Castellani Art Museum
    • College of Business Administration: Dunleavy Hall
    • College of Education: Academic Complex Front Entrance
    • College of Hospitality & Tourism Management: Circle between Alumni Chapel & St. Vincent's Hall

    Rain Locations - Meet inside buildings listed.

  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. - 13th Annual New Student Convocation - Gallagher Center, Upper Level

  • 3:30-4 p.m. - Family Goodbyes

    The New Student Convocation concludes the family portion of New Student Convocation. All students will be engaged and involved all weekend with NSO programs and activities! Students should get ready for the Walk to Whirlpool. Keep your new NU T-shirt on!

  • 4:15-7 p.m. - 5th Annual Walk to Whirlpool State Park & BBQ - Meet at St. Vincent's Hall Front Lawn

    Meet at 4:15 p.m. and get ready as we walk as an entire new class of students as well as NU faculty, staff and student orientation leaders to Whirlpool State Park. A Niagara tradition, you will be welcomed along the way by numerous Niagara departments. Once at the park, enjoy a Western New York favorite, a Chiavetta's chicken BBQ dinner! Then walk or catch the shuttle back to campus.

    If you have a disability and anticipate needing transportation to the park, please contact the Office of Campus Activities at 716.286.8510 in advance.

  • 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Maximize Your Buzz - Gallagher Center, Upper Level

    NOT your typical boring alcohol program! "Maximize Your Buzz" treats you like you should be treated, like an adult. Through comedy, multimedia, and practical tips and advice, you will learn how to make smart life choices about alcohol. You will be laughing and learning....educated and entertained!

  • 8:30 p.m. - Resident Floor Meetings & Commuter 101 Meeting - Various Residence Halls & Kiernan Center

    Residents, head back to your hall for your floor meetings with your new community advisors and, commuters, go to the Kiernan Center to hear from upperclassmen on how to be a successful and involved commuter!

  • 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m. - Late Nite Niagara - Kiernan Center & Dwyer Arena

    Enjoy your first night at Niagara! Head over to the Kiernan Center for Moonlight Bingo with more than $400 in sweet prizes and NU swag, and also take advantage of the open gym! Get over to the Dwyer Ice Arena to enjoy your first of many NU Open Skate events! Free ice skate rental available, or bring your own!  

    Of course, it's not Late Nite Niagara without FREE food and refreshments!  

    Have fun and get to bed so you are ready for day two of NSO and the required meetings, info sessions and more fun!

Saturday, August 29

  • 7:30-8:45 a.m. - Breakfast - Clet Dining Hall

  • 9-9:45 a.m. - College Meetings - Various Locations

    Attend your College Meeting to hear important academic information from your dean so that you can start on the right foot with your NU academic career!

    College Meeting Locations

    • Academic Exploration Program: Gallagher Center, Multipurpose Room (MPR)
    • College of Arts & Sciences: Gallagher Center, Upper Level
    • College of Business Administration: Dunleavy Hall, Room 127
    • College of Education: Bisgrove Hall, Rooms 350/351
    • College of Hospitality & Tourism Management: St. Vincent's Hall, Room 407
  • 10- 10:45 a.m. - NU Beginnings Meetings

    Right from your college meeting, you will be dismissed into your specific NU Beginnings course section. Please have your section (ex. NUB-AEPA) with you. You will be meeting with your NUB peer mentor to discuss the class and to meet your new classmates.  

  • 11-11:45 a.m. - SPIN Session - Various Locations

    Your NUB peer mentor will walk you to one of 10 different SPIN sessions. SPIN stands for Students, Professors, Ideas, NIAGARA! Get a taste for what your classes will be like.  

    Your SPIN session will be led by one of our engaging full-time faculty members and will give you a taste of the kind of specialized topics that our faculty teach. Be sure to attend your college meeting and NUB tour as your NUB peer mentor will take you to the correct classroom location for your SPIN session.  

  • 12-1:30 p.m. - Lunch - Clet Dining Hall & Gallagher Center

    Get back with your groups! Groups 1-3 will eat in the Gallagher Center and groups 4-10 will eat in Clet Dining Hall.

  • 1:30-2 p.m. - Orientation Group Meetings - Various Locations

    After lunch, get back with your orientation leaders to get ready for the rest of the day and to talk about getting started at NU on the right path! You will then be with your groups for the afternoon at the various information sessions.

    • Groups 1-3: Meet outside the Gallagher Center
    • Groups 4-10: Meet outside Clet Dining Hall
  • 2:15-4 p.m. - Student Information Sessions - Various Locations

    Stick with your group for two informative sessions on academic expectations and student safety & responsibility.

  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Dinner & Dessertfest - Clet Dining Hall

    Enjoy dinner in Clet and some live music and a great spread of desserts, too!

  • 7-8:30 p.m. - Let's Get It On! - Gallagher Center, Upper Level

    After dinner, head up to the gym for Imagination Theater's award-winning performance that allow you to explore complex issues in a safe environment. Come early for a good seat!

  • 8:30-11 p.m. - Late Nite Niagara Foam Party - O'Shea Hall Quad

Sunday, August 30

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Various Community Service Opportunities - Kiernan Center

    A large part of being a Niagara student is being in touch with our Vincentian values. Giving back to the local community and beyond is a constant for NU students. You will have needed to pre-register for one of these optional opportunities.  

    Look for an email with more details as NSO approaches. Breakfast will be provided.

  • 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Brunch - Clet Dining Hall

  • 1 p.m. - Mohammed Bilal - Gallagher Center, Upper Level

    Have you ever been misunderstood due to cultural differences? Have you ever longed for everyday, logical, concrete steps for communicating and forming strong, lasting friendships with people from different cultures (i.e. difference genders, ethnicities, abilities, sexualities, etc.)?

    Former MTV "Real World" star and diversity consultant Mohammed Bilal has helped thousands of people move beyond the sheer tolerance of difference. His 12 Steps Toward Accepting Diversity is a fun, interactive presentation sprinkled with scholarship, hip-hop, and self-reflective narratives that equip the participant with easy, valuable, and powerful tools for appreciating the wondrous diversity around us.

  • 2:30-3 p.m. - NU Sports Day Team Meetings - Various Locations

    Get back with your orientation group to prepare for the annual NSO Sports Day! Team colors and meeting locations will be given by your orientation leaders on day one of NSO. Be sure to be wearing and showing off your team color!

  • 3-5:30 p.m. - NU Sports Day Competition - Kiernan Center Outdoor Fields

    Game on! Whether you play or just come out to watch, Sports Day is a fun team event and a great chance to meet each other!

    Compete with your orientation group in a series of fun and friendly events like kickball, tug of war, mud volleyball, and more!  

    Winning team will receive NSO T-shirts! Please be aware that you may get "soaked by the fun" of Sports Day so dress casually and, commuters...bring a change of clothes! 

  • 5:30-7 p.m. - Dinner - Clet Dining Hall

  • 7 p.m. - Mass - Alumni Chapel

    Celebrate the first Sunday Mass of the academic year at Alumni Chapel. All are welcome!

  • 8-9 p.m. - Club Fair - Niagara Field (behind Kiernan Center)

    Get involved! Learn more about many of the different student clubs and organizations. Meet upperclassmen club leaders and sign up for organizations that interest you!

  • 9-10:30 p.m. - Opening Bonfire Celebration - Niagara Field (behind Kiernan Center)

    All NU students come out for this awesome NU tradition! Enjoy the bonfire, food and refreshments, live DJ, and each other as the school year officially is ready to begin!  

    From here, head back over to the turf field for a great view of the opening fireworks!

  • 10:30 p.m. - Opening Fireworks Display - Niagara Field (behind Kiernan Center)

    Celebrate the end of New Student Orientation and the beginning of the school year with this amazing professional fireworks display exclusively for YOU...NU students! Bring a blanket, grab some new friends and enjoy the show right from the Niagara Field! Brought to you by Zambelli Fireworks.