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Frequently Asked Questions

Does your student need to register to attend New Student Orientation (NSO)?

Your student must register to attend the program by linking to their Confirmed Student Portal.

When can you arrive on campus?

Your New Student Orientation staff wants to do all we can to assist you with safely arriving on campus. All students should arrive on campus Saturday, August 17, 2019, between 8:00 a.m. and noon unless you are authorized to come early (e.g. participating in a fall sport, being an international student, etc.) If you plan to arrive by car, please enter the main drive on U.S. 40.

Does the College help students get to campus?

The College will provide transportation only for students arriving at the Dayton International Airport for New Student Orientation. Please find below for the shuttle schedules from the airport to campus:

  • Thursday, August 15: at Noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and Midnight
  • Friday, August 16: at Noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and Midnight
  • Saturday, August 17: at 9 a.m. and Noon

A link to register for the shuttles will be provided at a later date.

When can students move into their residence hall?

Students can move in after checking in for NSO. As a part of the check-in process, students will receive their keys. You will have from the time of check-in until the official Welcome to move in. However, there will be optional programming leading up to our official Welcome at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 17.

What can I expect during orientation?

  • At check-in you will receive your keys to your residence hall, nametag and, most importantly, your orientation team assignment.
  • Your orientation team will be led by an orientation leader (OL).
  • OLs have been trained to guide their team through the orientation experience, answer questions and provide peer-to-peer support. OLs lead all team meetings — called “team time” — and assist their team with navigating campus and following the orientation schedule.

Why am I being charged an NSO fee?

There is a $150 fee for orientation. This fee helps cover the cost of things related to the program like meals, printed materials, programs, etc.

Can parents participate? Where can they stay?

We would love for your parents and family members to participate in our NSO program. There are a few events planned exclusively for them and other events that they can attend with you. Their programs are designed to educate them about the resources available to their student and answer questions they might have about topics such as academics, health and safety, and student support services.

Their programming will end on Sunday afternoon.

Though we provide limited programming for family members and parents, we do not provide overnight accommodations for them. There are a number of hotels near campus.

What if I need to arrive before August 17?

If you need to arrive before August 17 you must let Residence Life know that you need to arrive early. They will have you complete an early arrival form. They can be reached at 765-983-1311 or

When will we get the final NSO schedule?

The final schedule will be sent out soon. Although we have mentioned some of this information previously we want to make sure you have a general overview of the first few days:

Students will be allowed to move in from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday. Until 2 p.m. that day there will be optional program, tours, information tables, etc.

The official College welcome for students and families will occur at 2 p.m. There will be separate meetings with academic advisers after for students and families. The evening will have dinner, a reception and an alumni panel for parents.

On Sunday, there will be sessions parents can attend related to the curriculum, resources and facilitating your student's transition. Parents and families will conclude their participation during the early afternoon.

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