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!

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 2023 semester, below are the dates of New Student Orientation (NSO) for Summer 2023. Registration will open on March 31, 2023.

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 fall 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.

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


Bulldog Beginnings, your Welcome Weekend to Dean, will be Thursday August 31st – Sunday, September 3rd 2023, 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.

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.

International Student Orientation

Learn more about International Student Orientation (ISO).

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