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New Student Orientation

Welcome to Bowie State University (BSU)! Your college career begins when you sign up for New Student Orientation (NSO), a three-part program designed to help you get started at BSU. During NSO, we work to help you get familiar with the campus; test your reading, writing and math skills and help you select your first classes.

In short, this three-part orientation program consists of:

  • University Testing Services, the first part of your orientation experience. Placement testing is mandatory for all new freshman and transfer students without college-level math and English. For additional information on the placement exam, please see the University Testing Services website.

  • Academic Advising Center, the second part of your orientation. This office will direct you to advising and help register for classes. For more information, contact Dr. Yvette C. Galloway: 301-860-4072 or
  • Discover BSU, the third and final part of your orientation experience. After placement testing and registration for classes, students will participate in sessions designed to assist them with a smooth transition to college. For those attending a “one-day session,” you will receive a one-day crash course of campus life including a campus tour, lunch, campus ID card and information on campus resources such as financial aid, student accounts, campus safety, clubs, organizations, etc. For more information, contact Ms. Tamisha Ponder at 301-860-4406 or

Freshman Student Orientation

Transfer Student Orientation