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Discover BSU

Experience Campus Life

Discover BSU, the third and final part of your orientation experience, gives a glimpse of life on campus. After placement testing and registration for classes, students will participate in sessions designed to assist them with a smooth transition to college in the Fall.

Three types of New Student Orientations:

  • One-day Session, Freshman
  • Overnight Session, Freshman
  • One-day Session, Transfer

The one-day sessions will include a tour with lunch and an in-depth explanation of key resources on campus. Students will also receive a BSU swag bag and ID card.

Incoming freshmen attending the overnight session will spend two nights in the residence halls, connect with new friends and discover all of the departments on campus. Activities and entertainment include team-building exercises, an organizational fair, a step show and a stage play. Students will also meet academic deans, advisors and other students in their major. For more information, contact Ms. Tamisha Ponder at 301-860-4406.

Parents & Guardians Orientation

One-Day NSO

It is not mandatory for parents/guardians to attend NSO with the student; however, while students are testing, parents/guardians may receive a campus tour and/or chat with current students about their experiences.

At the student’s completion of class registration, students will then attend Campus Departments 101 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., an information session about campus resources such as financial aid, student accounts, campus safety, clubs, organizations, etc. Parents and/or guardians are welcomed join their student at that time.

Overnight NSO

After check-in and opening ceremony, there will be a Parent Orientation from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. in Ballroom ABC in the Student Center. It is not mandatory for parents/guardians to be present.

This parent orientation will include information from the Office of the Provost, Office of Financial Aid, Office of the Registrar, Office of Student Accounts, Campus Safety and the University Wellness Center. If a parent/guardian is unable to attend—no worries—all students will receive this information while attending orientation.