NSO is the first step of your Dominican University New York journey. The program is designed to help you get off to the right start. You’ll learn about campus programs and service while you meet faculty and classmates, and so much more!

Attendance is required of all first-year students, however, we ask that you still please confirm your attendance by Friday, August 16th.

Confirm Your Attendance!

New Student Orientation Schedule


9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Resident Student Move-in

10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Brunch | Granito Dining Area
Students will receive vouchers upon receiving room keys.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Meet & Mingle | Doering Quad
Enjoy your first afternoon as a Charger on our quad with lawn games & fun foods.
Open to students and families!

5:00 PM
Dinner for Residents | Granito Dining Area

5:30 PM
Residence Life Welcome | Granito Dining Area

6:00 PM
Resident Assistant Module Meetings | Various Locations

7:00 PM
Bingo! | Granito Center Extension

Movie Screening | Fury Lecture Hall

University Offices Open | Various Locations

*Students with incomplete paperwork and requirements can arrive early to hand in immunization records.

*Computers will be available to students who have yet to complete their Vector Solutions online lesson plan.

*schedule is subject to change


8:30 AM
Student ID’s | Location TBD/Holt Room

9:00 AM
Breakfast | Granito Dining Area
(mandatory for both residents and commuters)

9:30 AM
New Charger Check-in | Outside Hennessy Center
ALL new students must check-in

10:00 AM
Welcome Class of 2028! | Hennessy Center, Auxiliary Gym

10:30 AM
Convocation | Hennessy Center, Auxiliary Gym
This ceremony is tradition, officially denoting you as a member of the Dominican University Community.
Livestream will be available for families to tune in!

11:15 AM
Class of 2028 Class Photo | Hennessy Center Gym
Wear your class t-shirt. Please see the check-in table if you did not receive yours.

Meet Your Peer Mentor! | Various Locations
Get to know other new students from your freshman seminar class while learning more about DU!

Lunch | Granito Dining Area

1:45 PM
Meet your Advisor! | Various Locations
This session will provide you with the opportunity to meet your advisor and help you to learn about the Freshman Seminar course.

2:15 PM
Guest Speaker: TBD | Hennessy Center, Auxiliary Gym

Rotating Chargers | Various Locations

Friends in a Flash
3:30 – 4:00 PM
(Group 1)
4:05 – 4:35 PM (Group 2)
4:40 – 5:10 PM (Group 3)

Center for Safety & Change
3:30 – 4:00 PM
(Group 2)
4:05 – 4:35 PM (Group 3)
4:40 – 5:10 PM (Group 1)

DUNY 101
3:30 – 4:00 PM
(Group 3)
4:05 – 4:35 PM
(Group 1)
4:40 – 5:10 PM (Group 2)

5:15 PM
Living a Charger Life | Granito Center Extension & Doering Quad
Dinner and a show featuring Tyler Korso followed by activities, and novelties.

6:15 PM
Optional Tour of Campus | Leave from Granito Center


New Student Checklist

Before Orientation

*in most cases; see Admissions materials for account information

Load your DU email on your smart phone

For Parents and Guardians

We are excited to support your student on this new journey. Orientation is a required and essential first step and we hope you will encourage your student to attend and engage with our staff and their peer group. We’ve organized virtual resources to explore over the summer, and we have planned in-person sessions that will provide crucial information for a positive and successful first year.

We understand that this transition can bring about anxiety and uncertainty. Please know that we have a range of resources available on campus to support both your student and you.

When the time comes for you to separate from your child, rest assured, we will be there to support both of you through the process.

Our dedicated counselors will be present on move-in day and every day after that.  If your student needs support, our counselors are a great starting point. We are here to ensure that you and your student feel welcomed, supported, and ready to thrive in their new environment.