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New Student Orientation

Is NSO mandatory?
Yes! We require that all new traditional-age first-year students attend NSO. We’ve designed the program so that you can work on your class schedule, learn more about Marymount, and meet new people. You absolutely need to attend one of these sessions.
What should I bring to NSO?
  • Casual clothes, personal toiletries, alarm clock (pillows, bed linens and towels are provided).
  • A sweater or sweatshirt - air conditioning can be cold.
  • An umbrella or rain jacket, since summer weather can be very unpredictable.
  • Completed medical form with immunization record, if you have not already sent it to the Student Health Center.
Where can my parents or family stay while we're attending NSO?
While students stay on campus during NSO, family members may stay in nearby hotels. See a list of area hotels.
Are meals provided for students and parents during NSO?
During the first day of SOS, students will be provided with a continental breakfast, lunch and dinner during the day and a variety of snacks during later activities. On the second day, students will be provided with breakfast and lunch.
Parents will be provided with a light continental breakfast and lunch on the first day and a light continental breakfast on the second day. Parents may purchase lunch in the Gerard Phelan Dining Hall on campus on the second day.
If I do not have my own transportation, will it be provided by Marymount? If so, where will I be able to be picked up or dropped off?
Marymount University has a shuttle that runs every 20 minutes during the weekdays and every 30 minutes during the weekend. During both the weekend and weekday, the shuttle will run on the hour. There are two shuttle stops: one at Marymount University’s Ballston Center and another at the Ballston/MU Metro stop.
Will I meet my advisor at NSO?
You might meet your advisor, but, more likely, you'll meet an advisor. Our faculty members use the summertime to do research, work on publications, and take time away from campus, so your advisor might not be here for your SOS. Don't worry! You'll have plenty of time to meet him or her in the fall.
Will I take placement tests at NSO?
Prior to your arrival at your Orientation session, you will need to complete an online process called Directed Self-Placement (DSP). For more information, visit the Newly Admitted Students website. You also will receive written information about this process shortly after you have made your deposit to Marymount.
Can I be in my friend's orientation group?
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate any requests to be in specific orientation groups with specific individuals. NSO is a great time to meet new people, and we have discovered that most students don’t meet new people if they are participating with a friend from home. Take the opportunity to meet new people – and know that you’ll also get a chance to meet all of the people with whom your friend connected, too!

New Student Orientation 2014

First-Year Students
August 21 - 22

Transfer Students
August 20

Graduate Students
August 23

International Student Check-in
August 19 - 20


Call (800) 548-7638 ext. 5706

Orientation Office
Marymount University
2807 N. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22207