New and Returning Student Orientation Programs
New Student Orientation (NSO)
To help you adjust to life at Westminster, there are orientation experiences for first-year and transfer students, as well as events that will help you get to know and be involved in your new community. New Student Orientation is a mandatory program for all new students, with programs offered both fall and spring semester. Students who are entering the fall semester will attend either the New Student Orientation (first-year students) or Transfer Orientation. Students entering in the spring semester will attend Spring Orientation.
Before attending New Student Orientation, all first-year students will attend a New Griffin Registration. At New Griffin Registration, first-year students will register for classes, meet with the Financial Aid office, and set up a payment plan. After completing New Griffin Registration, first-year students will then prepare for New Student Orientation in August, which is a two-day program. New Student Orientation is required for all students and first-year students are expected to attend each program day. First-year students will also be assessed a $300 orientation fee.
Transfer students are required to attend the Transfer Orientation, a one-day program in August. This program is designed specifically for students who have previously attended another institution. Transfer students will be assessed a $25 orientation fee, which covers the cost of their program. All other transfer students will attend the main university’s program, the Transfer Orientation (fall semester) or Spring Orientation (spring semester).
If a student is returning after two or more years, they will need to attend another orientation program upon the semester they return. Since many services and resources change/update within a two-year period, completing an orientation program is valid for two years. If students have question about this, please contact the Director of Student Involvement and Orientation.