Campus Activities
Jordan Student Academic Center, Room 1000

Web: New Student Orientation

Every college journey begins with the first step of arriving on campus. Campus Activities coordinates the New Student Orientation (NSO) program for all new students and collaborates with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSWD) and International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS) who is responsible for coordinating the New Students with Disabilities and New International Students pre-orientations respectively. Workshops and activities are offered to assist new students in the transition to college life.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is a required program for all new students enrolling at Gallaudet University for the first time. This includes freshmen, transfer students, and international students. During NSO, new students meet their academic advisors, learn about academic expectations, Gallaudet's history and traditions, campus policies, and participate in social activities. English and mathematics placement tests are offered to determine appropriate course placement. New students involved in NSO will not participate in any activities other than those stated in the official NSO schedule.

New International Students Pre-orientation

New international students for the fall semester participate in a three-day pre-orientation in addition to NSO.

New Students with Disabilities Pre-orientation

New students with disabilities for the fall semester participate in a three-day pre-orientation in addition to NSO. New students with visual, mobility, learning, or other disabilities should apply for OSWD services and submit disability documentation as early as possible to OSWD. OSWD staff will help to ensure that students receive the necessary accommodations during NSO and throughout their academic career at Gallaudet.

Family Orientation Program

During Family Orientation Program, family members learn about the University's programs and services, especially in relation to their student's life on campus, academic progress, and resources available. Among the most popular events is a panel of current students who share their experiences and perceptions of college life. Two Family Orientation Programs are offered, one in July during the Jump Start Program and one in August during New Student Orientation.