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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:

Spring & Summer 2020:
Due to changes resulting from COVID-19, Spring & Summer Orientations are cancelled this year. We invite you to participate in the online New Student Orientation module included below, the Live Virtual Welcome Day this fall on Friday, August 14th, 2020, and to continue interacting with your peer mentor.

Fall 2020:
Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and with the safety of students, parents, and staff in mind, all New Student Orientations will be an online experience this year. Your orientation will include three parts: a Live Virtual Welcome Day on Friday, August 14th, an interactive online orientation module, and continued interaction with your peer mentor.

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Winter 2021:
New Student Orientation will take place virtually on Friday, January 8, 2020. In addition to the live even on January 8, we created an online orientation module to help you be prepared for BYU. We will send you more information about the event and module soon.
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. These resources include both an in-person orientation each summer and fall and a webpage with parent resources just for you. You can explore information from campus organizations to guide you through this first year with your student. Click here for more information.

Due to changes resulting from COVID-19, all Parent and 2020 New Student Orientations will be an online experience this year. We invite you will utilize our page of online parent resources as we will not be able to meet in-person this year. 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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