New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

What is New Student Orientation?

This is your time to see our campus as well as meet some of our faculty and staff. You can think of it as your first day as a Highlander! New Student Orientation or NSO is mandatory for all new incoming students because we are committed to ensuring that you have all the resources you need to have a successful first semester here at Gordon. You must attend an NSO before you can be enrolled in Fall 2018 classes.

male and female student with open book outside on campus

two female students and one male student in a classroom laughing

male and female student sitting at a high top tables studying


What can I expect at New Student Orientation?

Tours, games, interaction with current and other new Gordon students, interaction with faculty and staff, and more! Once you arrive on campus, you will meet your Gordon Orientation Leader (who is also a Gordon student). He/she will be your guide for the day. Along with other new Gordon students, you will participate in a variety of sessions designed to prepare you for campus life and academic success here at Gordon State!

Perhaps the most important part of NSO day is a series of academic advising and information sessions. At the end of the day, we will gather information from you and use it to make your first-year schedule, which you will be able to access on your Banner Web page within 3 business days after your NSO (don’t worry—you will be given a chance to make changes to your schedule before classes begin). Students who do not attend an NSO will not be given a schedule.


When is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientations will be held on the days listed below. It is an all-day event, with check-in beginning at 8:00 and activities ending around 4:15. New Gordon State Highlanders will be provided lunch at Highlander Hall, our excellent dining facility! All other guests must pay for lunch (it’s a very reasonable price, and the food is delicious). Please note that you must arrive on time in order to meet your student orientation leader. Students who arrive after orientation activities begin will not be allowed to participate and must pick another NSO date. It is also imperative that you stay for the entire session to ensure that you will start classes as a prepared Highlander.So please pick an NSO date that allows you to stay for the entire program.

A word to the wise: The earlier you attend New Student Orientation, the better. Our first day of fall classes is August 8!

  • May 29 (This NSO is for students who are interested in enrolling in summer 2018 or fall 2018 classes.)
  • June 15
  • June 22
  • July 13
  • July 20
  • July 27
  • August 7

male and female student in library looking at open book

Arial shot of library and part of the IC building

group of male and female students standing at the top of the stairs of the amphitheater


What do I need to do before coming to New Student Orientation?


What do I need to bring to New Student Orientation?

  • Acceptance Letter (w/ 929 GSC ID number and bannerweb)—you should also have this in an email from Gordon State!
  • Car Tag Number (Take Pic  of it on your phone)
  • You will be doing a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing! The night before the NSO, check the forecast—umbrellas are good to have in rainy weather.


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male student climbing rock wall

IC building and library with garden lights and picnic tables between them at dusk


Where do we meet? Where do I park?

All New Student Orientations will take place on the Barnesville campus. You will check-in and meet your student orientation leader between 8 am- 9 am in the Student Activity and Recreation Center (SARC). The event will start at 9 am sharp!

View our interactive map and directions here:


How do I sign up to come to a New Student Orientation?

Click here to sign up for a New Student Orientation! You must be fully accepted to Gordon State in order to attend an orientation! Need to check your application status before you register for NSO? Check you application status here

Register for NSO


Please note that you MUST register for an NSO in order to participate. Our goal is to create the best possible NSO experience for our incoming students, and to be able to do that, we need to know who will be attending. So, sorry—no walk-ins allowed.


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