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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 Affairs 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 received your permit to register for classes, please select one of the following dates listed below and complete the online registration form to attend NSO.

2019 NSO Session Dates

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Monday, June 3, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019


NSO Registration is $50 per student, and the cost will be added to your student account.
You must have a permit to register for classes before registering for NSO. If you have any questions about your permit to register, 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 Ornelas 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 Affairs 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 Affairs will encourage and support you to engage in our community of faith and to make the most of your college experience at ETBU.