Dean's New Student Orientation (NSO) program is designed to prepare you for a successful introduction to college.

New Student Orientation 

Dean's New Student Orientation (NSO) program is designed to prepare you for a successful introduction to college. NSO is a program that will allow students and their families to sample many aspects of Dean College. Along with fun activities, NSO (and ISO for international students) offers helpful workshops and informative presentations to make the transition to college as easy as possible.

The program will familiarize you and your family with the academic support, technology services, and residence life programs available on campus. You'll also have a chance to meet our faculty and staff, connect with other Dean students, and make lots of new friends!

Important Information for New Students

We are excited to welcome you to campus! Read important information below.

New Student Orientation Dates

For students entering the Spring 2023 semester, below is the date of New Student Orientation (NSO) dates for Spring 2023. For students entering the Fall 2023 semester, below are the dates of Summer NSO.

Please note that ALL students must be fully vaccinated (i.e., received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) in addition to the COVID-19 booster vaccine when eligible, by the start of the spring semester. Students should upload proof of the vaccines to the Student Health Portal as soon as they are fully vaccinated (dependent on the timing of the student’s final dose this may or may not include the booster vaccine). Guests attending NSO will not need to provide proof of vaccination to attend the program. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should not come to campus.

Spring NSO

  • Tuesday, January 17th

Summer NSO 

  • NSO I – Thursday, June 15 - Friday, June 16
  • NSO II – Wednesday, June 21 – Thursday, June 22
  • NSO III – Monday, June 26 – Tuesday, June 27

If you have any questions regarding housing or your class schedule, please call the Office of Residence Life at 508-541-1838 or the Robbins Family Center for Advising & Career Planning at 508-541-1536. Additional information about returning to campus in the spring can be found here as the move-in date gets closer.

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