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New Student Orientation

About the New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) serves as the first step to prepare you for embarking on your exciting new educational journey. Whether you are a first-year student or transferring from another university, NSO provides you with the resources to succeed as a member of our community. The ETBU family and Student Life staff look forward to helping you Be You at ETBU.

East Texas Baptist University recognizes that helping you experience a positive and engaging first year can make a significant impact on your level of academic performance, engagement in the campus community, and progress toward graduation. As part of your NSO experience, you will have an opportunity to visit academic departments, select a major, register for classes, connect with other students, and discover opportunities to get involved at ETBU.

It is imperative that all students new to our campus attend New Student Orientation. Once you have completed your admissions file and are eligible to register for classes, please complete the online registration form to attend NSO on one of the following dates. 

2020 NSO Session Dates

Monday, June 1, 2020  |  Monday, June 15, 2020


NSO Registration is $50 per student, and the cost will be added to your student account.
You must complete your admissions file in order to be eligible to attend NSO. If you have any questions about your file, please contact Admissions at 903.923.2000.


NSO events are designed to give you an introduction to the many great things you can expect to experience as a student here at ETBU. The day will begin with NSO Check-In at 8:30 a.m. at the Rogers Spiritual Life Center, and most of our guests are able to finish their day between 4:00-5:00 pm. You will receive a detailed schedule upon your arrival at Check-In, but in the meantime you can look forward to a day filled with opportunities to learn about your future life on the Hill, including important information about academics, campus life, leadership and involvement opportunities. You'll also get a chance to register for your classes, pick up your new Student ID, and meet many of your future classmates!


Your parents are welcome to participate in the NSO experience. Our goal is to help your parents and family members provide support during your transition from high school to college. Each NSO date offers a parent orientation discussion about being partners in student success. Registration costs include all orientation programming and materials along with a meal on campus for students and parents.


You will receive email messages from Admissions to confirm your NSO session date and to provide essential details about food, parking, and check-in prior to the event.

Engaging and Connecting to the ETBU Community

Student Life is intentional about designing programs and services that will provide you with the resources you need to succeed academically in an environment that fosters a sense of community and belonging. From your first day on campus to graduation, Student Life will encourage and support you to engage in our community of faith and to make the most of your college experience at ETBU.

Tiger Trail to Successful Fall

NSO – Orientation and Registration for Class

TigerMail – Receive access to TigerMail. For help contact the Admission Counselor at 903.923.2000. (typically username: password: first 2 letters of last name and last 4 digits of social)

Financial Statement – Once registered for classes, meal plan and housing will be added to the financial statement along with tuition. For Help Contact the Business Office at 903.923.2055 or email the

Financial Aid Awarded – The Financial Aid Office will send an email outlining Financial Aid, instructions, and a PIN for access to Campus Connect. For help contact the Financial Aid Office at 903.923.2138 or email

Accept Financial Aid – Log on to Campus Connect using PIN and accept Financial Aid. For Help contact the Financial Aid Office 903.923.2138, email 

Make Financial Arrangements – Pay or set up payment plans by July 31. Class schedule may be dropped if arrangements are not made. For help contact the Business Office at 903.923.2055, or visit Pay My Bill.

Register for Tiger CampTiger Camp is August 13-16, 2020 and is for incoming freshmen and transfer students

Purchase Books – Locate textbooks by course and order before the first day of class. 

ETBU 101 – Log on to Canvas from the ETBU website for an ETBU 101 tutorial course designed to walk you through aspects of getting ready for life at ETBU. 

Mini Term Courses – Freshmen and Transfers may consider registering for the August term. Discuss this with your Academic Advisor. Find class schedules by term on the ETBU Schedule of Classes.

First Day of Fall Semester – August 17, 2020