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Orientation FAQs

 


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What should I bring to NSO?

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All Students should bring their completed medical form with immunization record, if you have not already sent it to the Student Health Center.

Resident Students for the fall semester should be move into their housing space August 22nd (international students) and  August 23rd (domestic students) should not need any additional items for Orientation specifically. 
Here are some good ideas for what items to bring with you when you move-in:
Dorm Room Item List

Students Commuting from an off campus site should bring:
  • A sweater or sweatshirt – air conditioning can be cold.
  • An umbrella or rain jacket, since weather can be very unpredictable.

Where can my parents or family stay while we’re attending NSO?

Answer
Accommodations for family members are not included in orientation fees or family program fees. Marymount has reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston, which is located approximately 2.5 miles from Marymount’s main campus. Information for booking a room can be found here. See a list of additional area hotels.

If I do not have my own transportation, will it be provided by Marymount? If so, where will I be able to be picked up or dropped off?

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Unfortunately, we cannot pick up students at airports or train stations. However, Marymount University has a shuttle from the Ballston/MU Metro station (Orange Line) to Main Campus that runs every 30 minutes during all days of the week. Just hop on the shuttle and take it to campus!

Will I meet my advisor at NSO?

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First year students will have the opportunity to schedule a meeting with their advisor at New Student Orientation. However, some advisors may not be available during this time. Students unable to meet with their assigned advisor will have the opportunity to meet with another open advisor. But don't worry! You will have many opportunities to interact with him or her in the fall!

Transfer students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their advisor during the summer. There is also an opportunity to schedule a meeting with their advisor at New Student Orientation.

Will I take placement tests at NSO?

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All testing is done online before Orientation, so it is important to read and complete all the steps in the Ready... Saint... Go! checklist. Prior to your arrival at Orientation, you will need to complete an online process called Directed Self-Placement (DSP). For more information, visit the DSP page. You also will receive written information about this process after you have made your deposit to Marymount.

Can I be in my friend’s orientation group?

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Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate any requests to be in specific orientation groups with specific individuals. NSO is a great time to meet new people, and we have discovered that most students don’t meet new people if they are participating with a friend from home. Take the opportunity to meet new people – and know that you’ll also get a chance to meet all of the people with whom your friend connected, too!

Is NSO mandatory?

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Yes! We require all students (first-year and transfer) to attend NSO.  Every aspect of NSO is important and we don't want you to miss any information! We’ve designed the program so that you can learn more about Marymount and meet new people.
 

Can members of my family attend NSO?

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Yes! There is a separate parent program that covers important information about your first year at Marymount. The cost of attendance for adults is $20/person and the cost for children (3-12) is $10/person.
Accommodations for family members are not included in orientation fees or family program fees. Marymount has reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston, which is located approximately 2.5 miles from Marymount’s main campus. Information for booking a room can be found here.
 

As an international student do I have to go to International Student Check-In and New Student Orientation?

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Yes! Both offices work together to ensure that information is not duplicated and that you are learning new information at each session. Both programs have equally important information and attendance will greatly benefit you when starting the new school year. International Check-in will take place on Wednesday, August 23 and New Student Orientation will begin on Thursday, August 24.
 

What will my days be like at NSO (for first-year students)?

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During NSO you will have the opportunity to participate in both interactive and informational sessions about the University. There will also be free time to meet other students and explore Marymount. 

What is included in the Parent Orientation?

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The parents' schedule for Orientation will take place on Thursday, August 24 and include informational sessions about the major school and the University.

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