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New Student Orientation

Registration for New Student Orientation (NSO) will open on December 7, 2018. Admitted students will receive more detailed information via email. Students are required to complete their placement exams before registering for NSO.

Students can choose from several different sessions in January where they can:

  • Meet with an academic advisor and choose classes
  • Talk with new and current students
  • Learn about campus resources
  • Go on a campus tour

Placement Exam

All first-time students and some transfer* students are required to take tests in writing, reading comprehension and math. Students must register for and take their placement exams before attending NSO. You must take the test if you are:

  • A first-year freshman student. You must take the Placement Test before talking with your academic advisor and registering for classes.
  • A transfer* student who did not transfer English composition with a "C" or better. You must take the English Placement Test.
  • A transfer* student whose transfer evaluation does not indicate credits for MATH 116 (or some higher math course). You must take the Math Placement Exam before being permitted to register for classes.
  • An in-state transfer student who has an associate’s degree. You are not required to take a Placement Test.

To register, please visit this link:

Please read the important information on the testing website. If you have any questions or issues with Placement Testing, please call 301-860-3295 or email

*If you are a transfer student, it is important for you to check with the Admissions Office at 301-860-3415 to find out which test you are required to take before you register for classes.

NSO Dates

Freshman Students

Freshmen have two (2) opportunities to attend NSO. The sessions are identical, so please register for ONE DATE ONLY.

  • Monday, 1/7/19, from 7:30am-1:30pm [FULL]
  • Monday, 1/14/19, from 7:30am-1:30pm 12:30-5:15pm [FULL]

    NOTE: Due to a possible weather event, we are on a delayed schedule for this NSO session. The new times appear above.

 Please check back soon for the tentative agenda and list of activities.

Transfer Students

Transfer students have several opportunities to attend NSO. Please register for ONE DATE AND TIME ONLY.

  • Tuesday, 1/8/19 from 7:30 am - 1:30pm [FULL]
  • Tuesday, 1/8/19 from 12:30 pm - 6 pm [FULL]
  • Thursday, 1/10/19 from 2 pm - 7 pm [FULL]
  • Tuesday, 1/15/19 from 7:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, 1/15/19 from 12:30 pm - 6 pm

Please check back soon for the tentative agenda and list of activities.


More detailed information will be sent via email. If you have any questions, please call or email the NSO Coordinator at (301) 860-3423 or