NSO Schedule

Mark your calendars for New Student Orientation 2016! 

September 3-5

Check back after Summer Orientation to take a glimpse into the New Student Orientation schedule!

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Saturday, September 3rd

  • Resident Student Move-In l 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. l Various Residence Halls

    Attention all resident students!  Consult your housing packet that you received from Residence Life to see what time slot you were assigned to move into your residence hall.  It is important you move-in during this time slot as there are hundreds of students moving on to campus!  Get ready for help!  Dozens of Orientation Assistants, club sport teams, ROTC cadets and other upperclassmen will be present helping as many students as possible.  Be sure to label your belongings, bring some water, and a smile!

  • Commuter Student Check-In & Luncheon l 11 a.m. l Gallagher Center Multipurpose Room

    For all commuter students! Meet fellow commuters, pickup your NU student ID card, and hear about life on campus as a commuter! This session will also help you get ready and excited for a fun NSO weekend!

  • Transfer student & Student Veteran Check-In & Luncheon l 12 p.m. l Bisgrove Hall, room 350/351

    Welcome to Niagara to all of our new transfer and veterans! During lunch here from key campus departments to help get your NU experience started on the right foot!

  • Class of 2020 Group Photo l 1:15 P.M. l O'Shea Hall Quad

    Get your FREE purple Niagara t-shirt and join this Niagara tradition!  After getting re-acclimated into your student group, a large group picture will be organized and taken of all incoming freshmen students.  It will truly be a “Sea of Purple”! The picture will then be available and posted on NU’s Facebook page.  You will need this shirt for the New Student Convocation so don’t be late!

  • Assemble for New Student Convocation l 2 P.M. l Various Locations

    Students! Go to your college's assembly location to get lined up to participate in the New Student Convocation, another NU tradition! Keep that purple shirt on! Family members you can proceed right to the Upper Level of the Gallagher Center to be seated prior to the start of the New Student Convocation. Assembly locations are:
    Academic Exploration: Outside of main entrance to St. Vincent's Hall
    Arts & Sciences:  Outside of Castellani Art Museum
    Business: Outside of Dunleavy Hall
    Education: Outside main entrance of Academic Complex/Bisgrove Hall
    Hospitality & Tourism: Circle between St. Vincent's Hall & Alumni Hall/Chapel

  • New Student Convocation l 2:30 P.M. l Gallagher Center, upper-level

    A book-end event! Start your NU career at the New Student Convocation! Hear official university welcome messages from various university faculty, staff, and administration including Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., university president.  Four years from now you will be back in the gym attending your own Commencement ceremony!

  • Family Good-Byes l 3:30 P.M. l Outside Gallagher Center

    The New Student Convocation concludes the family portion of New Student Orientation.  The new students will be engaged and welcomed into the Niagara community with a variety of academic and social events throughout the NSO weekend! Your students are in great hands! Students should also get ready for the Walk to Whirlpool.  Keep your purple Niagara t-shirt on!

  • Walk to Whirlpool State Park & Dinner l 4:15 P.M. l Meet in St. Vincent's Hall, front lawn

    Meet in the front lawn of St. Vincent's Hall and have your sneakers on! As a large class we will walk from campus to Whirlpool State Park (approx. 3/4 mile).  Along the way you will be greeted by over a dozen university departments.  Welcome to Niagara!  Once at the park you will enjoy a Chivetta's chicken dinner.  Shuttle bus transportation available back to campus. Shuttles will run from approximately 6:00pm - 7:30pm. 

  • Importance of Appreciating Diversity l 7:30 P.M. l Gallagher Center, upper-level

    Have you ever been misunderstood due to cultural differences? Have you ever longed for everyday, logical, concrete steps for communicating and forming strong, lasting friendships with people from different cultures (i.e. difference genders, ethnicities, abilities, sexualities, etc.)? Former MTV Real World star and diversity consultant, Mohammed
    Bilal, has helped thousands of people move beyond the sheer tolerance of difference. His 12 Steps Towards Accepting Diversity is a fun, interactive presentation sprinkled with scholarship, hip-hop and self-reflective narratives that equip the participant with easy, valuable and powerful tools for appreciating the wondrous diversity around us.

  • Residence Floor & Commuter Student Meetings l 8:30 P.M. l Residents - Various Residence Halls l Commuters - Kiernan Center

    All freshmen and transfer resident students are required to attend floor meetings on their respective floors. All commuter students will get all the need to know information and hear from upperclassmen other tips on how to be a successful commuter. This is a great chance to learn more about the expectations in the year ahead and hear about the many opportunities for involvement at Niagara!

  • Late Nite Niagara l 9:30 a.m - 12 a.m. l Kiernan Center

    Wind down your first full day on campus at Late Nite Niagara!  Moonlight bingo with $400+ in prizes and NU swag, open gym, free food, and more!  

Sunday, September 4th

  • Breakfast With Your College l 9 a.m. l Various Locations

    Start your day with breakfast and important meetings with your academic dean of your college and your Niagara University Beginnings (NUB) peer mentor. Meeting locations are:

    Academic Exploration - Gallagher Center, multipurpose room
    Arts & Sciences - Gallagher Center, upper-level gymnasium
    Business - Dunleavy Hall, room 127
    Education - Bisgrove Hall, rooms 350/351
    Hospitality & Tourism - St. Vincent's Hall, room 407

  • Enough is Enough l 10 a. m. l Gallagher Center, upper-level

    All students will participate in this important session that will provide an interactive overview of the "Enough is Enough" New York State legislation.  Representatives from the YWCA and the NYS police will facilitate.

  • Student Information Sessions l 11 a. m. l Various Locations

    All new students will attend information sessions on Academic Expectations and Student Safety with their orientation groups. 

  • Dinner l 5 p. m. l Clet Dining Commons

  • Mass l 7 p. m.

  • Late Nite Niagara l 8:30 p. m.

Monday, September 5th

  • Brunch l 10:30 a. m. - 12 p. m. l Clet Dining Commons

  • Community Service Projects l 12 p. m. l Various Locations

  • NU Sports Day Team Meetings l 2:45 p. m. l Various Locations

    Get ready to show your NU spirit against other new students! Meet with your groups to prepare for NU Sports Day.
    Wear your team color! You will learn your color and meeting location on day one of NSO.

  • NU Sports Day Competition l 3 p. m. l Outside Kiernan Center

    Game on! Whether you play, or just come to watch, Sports Day is a fun team event and a great chance to meet each other. All student groups will compete in a series of friendly and enjoyable events against each other. Winning team will receive champion NU t-shirts! Please be aware that you can get messy and are advised to dress casually in your
    team color!

  • Dinner l 5:30 p. m. l Clet Dining Commons

  • Student Clubs & Organizations Fair l 8 p. m. l Outside Kiernan Center

    Get involved! Learn more about and sign up for many of the student clubs, organizations and club sports that Niagara has to offer.

  • Opening Celebration l 9 p. m. l Outside Kiernan Center