nso FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

All new students must attend an orientation session.

When is NSO?

The 2018 dates for NSO are June 7-8, June 21-22, June 28-29, July 26-27, and August 2-3.  There is also a NSO on August 20-21 that requires special permission from Amanda Lawson to attend.

How much does NSO cost?

NSO is $150, which includes NSO and Buff Branding.  This includes one free guest and overnight housing for students.  Additional guests are $50 each. The NSO fee is added to the student’s bill at the beginning of the first long semester.

What if those dates don't work for me or there is a special circumstance where I am unable to attend NSO?

All students must attend a NSO.  However, we understand that special circumstance may prevent you from attending one of the NSOs throughout the summer.  To accomodate these students, there is an orientation on August 20-21 that the student may attend.  The student must get permissions to attend this NSO by emailing Amanda at alawson@wtamu.edu.

Is there an online orientation?

Online orientation is only available for transfer students or online only freshmen.  Online only freshmen need to contact Amanda at alawson@wtamu.edu for further information.

Do I have to stay on campus during NSO?

No, you do not have to, but surveys show that students who stayed on campus really enjoyed it, and it is already included in your NSO fee. Students will stay in Founders Hall.  If family members choose to stay on campus, they will need to reserve a room on the NSO Family page.  The price is $40 per room for the entire stay of the NSO (Wednesday evening through Friday morning); no Friday night stays are available.  Students do not need to make a reservation.

When/Where is early check-in?

Early check-in is on Wednesday from 12:00-5:00 pm in Founders Hall. If you are coming in after 5:00 pm, please contact Residential Living, 806-651-3000.

What should I bring?

Check out our list of what to bring during orientation.

When does NSO Start?

Check-in on Thursday morning starts at 8:00 am in JBK legacy Hall. A tentative schedule is available online.

When does NSO end?

Day 1 of Orientation will end about 10:00pm for students and the overall program ends about 5:00 pm on Day 2.  Please be prepared to be on campus for the entirety of orientation.

Do you provide meals?

During orientations, we provide all meals for students and guests at no additional cost.  These include breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner on Day 1, and breakfast and lunch on Day 2.

Where can I find the schedule?

You can find the schedule on our  website. A mobile app will be available soon.

Do parents have to attend?

Parents are not required to attend, and if they choose to come, they will be participating in separate sessions from their students.

Do I have to attend all sessions?

All students are required to attend ALL Sessions; if a student misses any session, they will not be able to register and will have to attend another NSO.

What do I do with my luggage/bags?

You may either bring your luggage with you to check-in or leave it in your vehicle.  If you bring it with you to check-in, we will hold it at the Residence Hall for you until you go to the hall after dinner.

How do I find my Buff ID?

Your Buff ID number is located in your acceptance letter from WT; if not, then contact the Office of Admissions (806-651-2020), and they will be happy to help you.

What documents do you still need from me?

Admissions can tell you if you are missing any documents to complete your admission file.  If you have additional documents like transcripts, shots, test scores, etc., you will need to contact the Office of Admissions (806-651-2020).

What if I need to change my NSO date or number of guests?

If you are wanting to change any information on your Registration Form, you may do so on the change reservation link  or you may contact Amanda Lawson via email at alawson@wtamu.edu.

Can my family members stay on campus?

Yes. If your family member is planning on staying on campus during orientation, they need to complete the NSO Guest Housing form. There is a small fee for family members wishing to stay on campus Please visit our NSO Family page, under Family Lodging Options, for details. 

Testing/TSI Questions?

Any questions over the TSI Exams can be answered by Educational Services/Testing Services (806-651-2341).

Contact Information:

           For any other questions, please contact the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership at 806-651-2313.