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Welcome to New Student Orientation for Undergraduate Students

The mission of the Office of New Student Orientation is to assist newly-entering students in their transition to the University.  Through a collaborative, empowering, and comprehensive institutional effort, students and parents are able to holistically address academic, financial, and social needs while preparing for enrollment.

Congratulations on your decision to become a part of the NSU Spartan Family! We look forward to meeting and working with you to achieve your educational goals. After being admitted to the University, your next step is to attend one of the New Student Orientation sessions for undergraduate students. The earlier you begin this process of advising, class selection and registration the better. Please see the link below to start your new and exciting journey at Norfolk State University.

Dates & Times

The dates and times for New Student Orientation are located on the Orientation Schedule webpage. 

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COVID-19 Orientation Update 
Norfolk State University is actively monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “COVID-19”). Very rapidly, the virus has been detected in numerous countries including the United States.

At this time, there are confirmed cases in the State of Virginia. The University has moved to an online environment beginning March 16, 2020.

What does this mean for New Student Orientation?
Our office is keeping a close eye on this ever-changing situation. On April 21st, the university determined that the best course of action would be to move our summer orientation process online. This decision was not made lightly, but out of caution and safety for both the NSU community, as well as our new incoming students and their families. Therefore, all Summer 2020 New Student Orientation Sessions will be held virtually.

During this time, we will be making a number of updates to our website, as well as sending out communications regarding what the change to the online orientation will be.  We encourage you to continue checking our site for updates.

While our physical office will remain closed for servicing students for the remainder of the semester, our staff will be readily available via email at and by phone at (757) 823-8673 during business hours (8:00am - 5:00pm).

August 17, 2020 Update
The Office of New Student Orientation has added an additional date. If you missed a previous date or have now committed to NSU, you will need to pay all required deposits and register for orientation. The orientation is scheduled for Friday, August 21, 2020 and registration will close on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 5:00pm.

July 14, 2020 Update
Virtual New Student Orientation access information for the Friday, July 17, 2020 registered participants was sent to your Spartan email account yesterday, July 13, 2020. The information will only be sent to students based upon registration for this new student orientation date. 
Students who have registered for the Transfer session on Saturday, July 18, 2020 can anticipate receiving their orientation access information no later than the evening of Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

July 6, 2020 Update
Virtual New Student Orientation access information for the Friday, July 10, 2020 registered participants will  be sent to your Spartan email account TODAY. The information will only be sent to students based upon registration for this new student orientation date.

June 25, 2020 Update
Virtual New Student Orientation access information for the Friday, June 26, 2020 registered participants has been sent to your Spartan email account. The information was only sent to students based upon registration for this new student orientation date.

June 16, 2020 Update
Are you ready for your New Student Orientation? If not, it's time to get ready. Access information for your Virtual New Student Orientation will be sent to your Spartan email account. The information will be sent to students based upon their registered new student orientation date.

important message for students

All students scheduled to attend New Student Orientation must have already set-up their Norfolk State University MyNSU e-mail account prior to attending their registered session. Course registration will be completed as a part of the orientation. 

Please pay close attention to the New Student Orientation dates to make sure you are attending the correct session. As a reminder, the Summer 2020 New Student Orientation sessions will be held virtually. Therefore, no sessions will be held on campus for Fall 2020 students. You will be participating in academic advising and registration, as needed.  New first-time freshmen will take a math placement test which will be sent via email at timed intervals.  



non-refundable Deposits

All new undergraduate students are assessed a mandatory one-time, non-refundable New Student Enrollment Deposit and Orientation Fee of $200 for their first semester of enrollment. These fees include student attendance to Norfolk State University, programming for new students, AGOGE Week activities, resources, placement exams and university publications.

non-refundable Deposit Payments

Navigate to MyNSU to access the link to set-up your NSU email account. Upon completion, please click the Spartan Self-Service tab within MyNSU to pay the required non-refundable deposits.  Once you have made a payment, you will receive a confirmation email with your NSU New Student Orientation code.   

Payments are also accepted by calling Norfolk State University's Cashier Office.  Please call 757-823-8545 for assistance.   


Please take the time to RSVP and confirm your New Student Orientation date after paying the required non-refundable fees. You will need your confirmation email to complete your registration. If you did not receive your confirmation email, your receipt, which can found in the Spartan Self-Service area of your MyNSU account under your Account Summary, will contain the information. Once there you will find the Deposits tab and you will be able to click on your receipt number to find your access code and registration link.







spartan family plan

The Spartan Family Plan provides an affordable, high-quality education to students with immediate family members enrolled at the University. If awarded, an adjustment to the final balance of a student’s cost of attendance will be made. Award amounts will be determined after an administrative review of the application and students’ records.