NSO Frequently Asked Questions

What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a mandatory, overnight orientation program for new NJIT undergraduate students. During the program, you'll meet current and new NJIT students, faculty, and staff to help you learn the skills necessary to be successful here - both academic and social. You'll also meet with your advisor to understand the expectations of NJIT and receive guidance on academic planning. You'll even learn about innovative research and programs, register for courses, and obtain advice on majors, minors, and fields of study!

Do I have to attend New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming freshmen. It's the only way for you to receive the information you need to begin your studies at NJIT, receive academic advisement, and register for classes.

Do I have to stay overnight?

Yes, the program sessions go until late at night, and begin at 8:30 am on Day 2. We request that all students stay overnight. Students will stay in a designated residence hall, and rooms are assigned one gender to a floor. All students will be required to be in the building by 11:30 pm; the NSO staff, the residence hall staff, and Public Safety officers will be on hand to manage any issues.

How long is New Student Orientation?

NSO is a two-part program. The first part, NSO 1.0, is a two-day overnight program occurring in June, July, and August. Check in will begin at 8:30 am on Day 1 at your designated residence hall. The welcome session will begin at 9:00 am, and the first day will continue until 11:30 pm. Day 2 will begin again at 8:00 am and will end by 3:00 pm. NSO 2.0 is part two of orientation, and it takes place on the Thursday and Friday on the week prior to the first day of class. More information about NSO can be found here.

How do I register for New Student Orientation?

Invitations to NSO will begin to be emailed to deposited students who have taken their placement test in late April on a rolling weekly basis. Only students who have paid their deposits (tuitiondeposit.njit.edu) and who have taken their math placement test will be invited to register for New Student Orientation.

What if I have not received information regarding NSO in the mail or by email?

Please contact NSO by email at orientation@njit.edu or by phone at 973-596-5364.

Can I leave early or arrive late to New Student Orientation?

It is the responsibility of the students attending NSO to make arrangements to attend the entire program; excuses such as 'I have work' or 'I have an appointment' will not be accepted and you may have to attend another NSO program.

Will you provide excused absence notices for my high school?

We will provide excused absence notices to all students attending our program at the end of the day. If your high school requires advance notice, you can e-mail our office with your request at orientation@njit.edu.

What if I can't attend on the assigned dates for my college?

To have the best orientation experience possible, you should try your best to attend your college's assigned orientation dates. However, if you cannot attend your college-specific dates, you will be permitted to register for another program. If you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us at orientation@njit.eduYou will not be able to make up NSO 2.0, therefore, please plan accordingly.

What do I bring to New Student Orientation?

  • Pillow and linens or sleeping bag
  • Toiletries, soap, shampoo
  • Casual clothes and comfortable shoes
  • Pen or pencil, paper, and folder for notes and handouts
  • Umbrella (in case of rain)
  • UCID and password
  • Spending money to buy NJIT paraphernalia
  • Health Services packet njit.edu/healthservices/healthpacket/index.php
  • One form of identification with a photo (driver’s license, High School ID)

How do I get to NJIT?

Directions to the Parking Deck can be found on the Visiting NJIT page: njit.edu/about/visit/gettingtonjit.php.

You can also take the Newark Light Rail from Newark Penn Station or any station along the way to the Warren Street/NJIT stop. Schedules for the light rail can be found here.

For bus transportation, please use the trip planner at njtransit.com/.

Where do I park when I attend New Student Orientation?

You can reach our parking deck by driving down Colden Street (from Warren Street) and around the bend. The parking deck will be on your right. Parking is complimentary for NSO. For a campus map, click here.

Can parents attend NSO?

Yes, there is a designated program that parents and guardians can attend during NSO 1.0 for a small fee. Please click here for more information. There is no program for parents and guardians at NSO 2.0 in September.

Do you make accommodations for religious observances?

Yes, the Campus Center meditation room will be available during scheduled times for prayer. Please let a peer leader know if you required specific accommodations for religious observances. For those observing Ramadan, there will also be times, locations, and dinners available to break the fast and to eat before the fast. While we unfortunately cannot provide Halal food, all meals will have vegetarian options. There will also be other rooms available if you require a quiet space.

How can I contact the New Student Orientation staff?

You can contact NSO by phone at 973-596-5364 or by email at orientation@njit.edu. The academic year office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Summer office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Contact Information

New Student Orientation • 260 Fenster Hall • Phone: 973-596-5364 • Email: orientation@njit.edu

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