Welcome to Arkansas State University!

NSO Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is New Student Orientation? New Student Orientation is an opportunity for incoming freshman to learn more about A-State. During the day, you will meet other students, discover campus activities and services, select your Fall 19 course schedule, 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 freshman students. Parents and families are invited to attend, but is this is not mandatory.
  • What should I bring to Orientation? A detailed list is provided under the "NSO Checklist" section.
  • How do I register for classes? Detailed instructions are listed under the “Register for NSO” 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. 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.