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New Student Orientation (NSO)

Come get to know campus! NSO activities range from spiritual and academic, to the informal and out-and-out fun that is a fantastic part of campus life. Many of these events are organized around Y Groups, small groups led by upperclassmen where you can ask questions and get to know other new students.

If you really want to get the best experience you can out of BYU, you have to participate in the amazing events they put on. NSO is the greatest way to start! -Zach | Washington

New Student Orientation
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Your BYU experience starts here! New Student Orientation (NSO) is where we welcome you to a long legacy of Cougar tradition and excellence. NSO is not required, but almost everyone attends because it is informative and fun! Everything is free for you: food, BYU swag, prizes, entertainment, and training by professionals and mentors. Even if you're familiar with BYU campus, you won't want to miss this!

Below are the following orientation dates, based on the semester you will be attending BYU:

Winter 2021:
Your Winter 2021 orientation to BYU will have in 3 parts:

1. Your Peer Mentor
  • Your peer mentor is a great resource for helping you learn about campus resources and receive timely information
  • Above all, they are here to help you fulfill your potential and have the support you need throughout your first year at BYU
  • Have questions?  They are there for you to help find the answers!
Who's My Mentor?

2. Virtual Welcome on Jan 8th 10 am-noon MT
  • Hear from BYU Leaders
  • Zoom Meeting breakout rooms
  • Make friends, play games, and win prizes
Register for the Virtual Welcome

3. Online Orientation Module*
  • Use the link and complete the modules before the first day of classes
  • It will take you approximately 1 1/2 hours to complete
  • You can complete it in smaller sessions--take your time!
  • You can save information for yourself to refer back to later in the year.
Complete the Online Module

*If you are a student that began BYU in Spring, Summer, or Fall, the Orientation Modules you completed has been replaced by this updated version at the new URL.  The slide timers have been temporarily removed so you can go back in and re-save any information you saved in the old version. If you never finished the modules in August, please feel free to complete them at the new URL posted above. We think you will love the new version!
Parent Orientation
Congratulations on your child's acceptance to BYU! We know that you play an important role in your child's first year at college, so we want to share some important BYU resources with you so we can help you help them. We invite you will utilize our page of online parent resources listed below. Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions you may have at

View Online Parent Resources
New Transfer Student Orientation
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You may be thinking, "I'm a transfer student. Will NSO be worth my time?" It depends... what do you want to learn? Come discover the ins and outs of BYU academics and make a plan to succeed. Meet other transfer students and start networking. Take time to plan for your career.

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Register to Be a Y-Group Leader
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Much of NSO is made possible by current BYU students who volunteer their time and effort by helping lead incoming students through our campus tours and other NSO events. This volunteer position, Y-Group Leader, is a great way to give back to campus as well as make friends!

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