New Student Orientation 

Dean's New Student Orientation (NSO) program is designed to prepare you for a successful introduction to college, both inside and outside of the classroom. NSO is a program that will allow students and their families and guests 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, and make sure you know the key players who will be a part of your Dean journey.

NSO will familiarize you and your support system with what makes the Dean community so special- academic resources, student activities programming, health and counseling services, the residence life office, and many more available on campus. You'll also have a chance to meet faculty and staff, connect with other Dean students, and make lots of new friends!

Learn more about International Student Orientation (ISO).

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 Fall 2024 semester, you can choose from three day and a half New Student Orientation sessions:

For students entering Spring 2025 semester, stay tuned for more information on your New Student Orientation!

Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for information on the schedule, what to bring, and for families and guests? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Bulldog Beginnings

Bulldog Beginnings, your Welcome Weekend to Dean, will be held in the days leading up to the start of the Fall semester. All new students are required to participate in this interactive program that will help you become more acclimated to Dean College and to be better prepared for the semester. Bulldog Beginnings will be held August 30 to September 1!

If you have any other questions about NSO or Bulldog Beginnings, please contact Emma Mero, Director of Student Engagement and First Year Programs, at

International Student Orientation

Learn more about International Student Orientation (ISO).

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