New Student Orientation

BSU students and guitar

Congratulations on your decision to attend Bowie State University.

Now that you have been admitted, it is time for you to enroll in New Student Orientation. New Student Orientation (NSO) includes placement testing, academic advising, and Discover BSU: an orientation program for new students.

Here’s what to do next:

  1. Pay the enrollment fee. You can mail it with the gold confirmation card you received or call Student Accounts and pay over the phone: 301-860-3495.
  2. Enroll in one of the New Student Orientation sessions below.

Freshmen Students


Transfer Students

NOTE: If you are part of the Bulldog Academy, your orientation session will be scheduled for you.

One-day session (testing and advising only)
  • June 10
Three-day sessions (testing, advising, and orientation)
  • June 14 – 16
  • June 21 – 23
  • June 28 – 30
  • June 11
  • June 17


Placement Testing

Placement testing is directed by Dr. Vicky Mosley and University Testing Services (UTS). All first-time freshman and transfer students who have not completed their English, reading, and mathematics requirements are required to take placement examinations prior to registering for classes. Performance on the placement examinations determines the courses in which students must enroll.

For more information, see our page on Placement Testing or contact us: 301-860-3295 or

Freshmen Testing

Testing opens at 8:30 a.m. You are required to take three to four tests, and each test takes approximately 40 minutes. Plan to arrive in time to complete all your testing by 10:00 a.m.

Transfer Student Testing

Transfer students usually only require one test: plan to arrive by 9 a.m. If you do not need testing, you may arrive at 10 a.m.

Testing Locations

Students coming for testing may park in Lot D [view campus map]. Students should then go to room 104 in the Center for Learning and Technology.


Academic Advising

Academic Advising is directed by Dr. Yvette C. Galloway and the Academic Advising Center (AAC). The Academic Advising Center team provides centralized and integrated academic advising services in one-on-one and group settings. We advise new freshman and transfer students upon entry and will continue to advise you each semester until you complete 59 credits, unless you are majoring in nursing, computer science, English and social work, when you will see an advisor in your major department.

For more information contact us: 301-860-4072 or


Discover BSU Orientation

Discover BSU is an event facilitated by Ms. Tamisha C. Jackson and the New Student Orientation Leaders.  Discover BSU is one of three orientation separate from placement testing and academic advising, which provides an introduction to campus life. Students will receive a BSU T-Shirt and book bag, meet fellow classmates, student leaders and important campus departments, and participate in evening activities. Meals will be provided.

For more information contact us: (301) 860-4406 or