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NSO Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is New Student Orientation? New Student Orientation is an opportunity for incoming first-year students to learn more about A-State. During the day, you will meet other students, discover campus activities and services, learn more about the resources available to students, tour campus, and have fun!
  • Am I required to attend Orientation? Yes! New Student Orientation is required for incoming first-year students. Parents and families are invited to attend, but this is not mandatory.
  • Who will I meet at Orientation? Not only will you meet faculty, staff, and administrators, but you will have the opportunity to make connections with other students within your academic college and those who are leaders of student organizations. Parents and guardians will have the opportunity to make connections with other parents, whether this is their first or final Red Wolf joining the pack.
  • What are the benefits of attending Orientation? Attending New Student Orientation provides students with key tools needed to help them succeed as they transition to life on campus in the fall. Red Wolves will leave Orientation feeling well-equipped to begin their first semester at Arkansas State University.
  • What should I bring to Orientation? A detailed list is provided under the "NSO Checklist" section.
  • Will I have my student ID made at Orientation? Yes! The A-State OneCard is the official student ID and also provides access to residence halls, meal plans, campus events, and Express Dollars. Students must provide proper identification such as a drivers license, state ID or passport to obtain the OneCard.
  • Do I have to attend the entire program? Yes, you should attend all scheduled activities associated with the New Student Orientation program. New Student Orientation is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., so please make plans to participate in the entire session by arranging your work schedule and travel plans accordingly.
  • Should my parents or guardian attend with me? Parents and guardians are welcome to attend, although it is not mandatory.
  • What activities can I expect at Orientation? New Student Orientation provides multiple informational sessions for all attendees. These include, but are not limited to, the following: student & staff panel, academic college session, parent session, student small groups, special interest sessions, campus department browsing session, and a residence hall open house.
  • Will there be a break for lunch? We invite all guests to dine with us in the Acansa Dining Hall during the designated break. Other on-campus retail locations will be open throughout the day for your convenience.
  • Will I be able to speak with student service offices? Yes, all service offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist students and guests during New Student Orientation. Offices include Access & Accommodations, Admissions, Career Services, Counseling Center, Financial Aid & Scholarships, University Housing, and many more.
  • Is there an extended Orientation option? Camp A-State is a 2.5-day, 2 night program designed to provide incoming first-year students with an experience to help aid in the transition process to A-State. For more information, please visit AState.edu/CampAState.