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New Student Orientation (NSO) is a week-long celebration of all things Trinity. It's designed to make you feel right at home as a member of the newest class of Tigers. Families are also welcomed into the Trinity community during the first day and a half of NSO, and several local hotels offer Trinity rates for their stay.

NSO combines information, logistics, and fun to prepare you for a successful first semester at Trinity University. All incoming students participate in both required and optional events that enhance their social and academic development.

What is New Student Orientation?

The program is designed to take care of details like placement exams, advising, and registration, but is also geared around acquainting you with campus life, assisting you with the transition to the academic rigor of Trinity, and of course, building community among your fellow classmates. Come prepared to participate in key Trinity traditions from the start. Throughout NSO, you'll hear us reference the theme: 'Discover, Grow, Become.' We believe that you should actively seek opportunities to learn about yourself, develop, and engage in our vibrant campus life.

Preparing for NSO

New Student Orientation begins with residence hall move-in on Thursday, August 21, 2014 and continues until the first day of classes on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Parents and families are encouraged to attend activities on August 21-22. No prior registration is required and there is no cost to attend.

What Can I Expect?

New Student Orientation (NSO) is high-energy. It's also a lot of fun! NSO is all about preparing you to be successful at Trinity University. You will learn about thriving in a college classroom, the key resources you'll have supporting you, and the ways you can get involved in co-curricular activities to enhance your campus experience. However, what you'll remember most about NSO are the classmates you'll meet and the pride you'll develop in being a Trinity Tiger.

What Should I Bring?

Attire: Dress comfortably and casually (tennis shoes are beneficial). Remember that San Antonio is hot in August! However, our air conditioning is wonderful, so layers can keep you from getting chilly indoors. Bring a dressier outfit (ex. trousers, button-down shirts, skirts or dresses) for Convocation, which is a formal event that welcomes you into our community of scholars. Check out our Pinterest board for the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Supplies: At NSO, you'll be encouraged to take an active part in learning about our campus. Part of that process is being prepared to capture the quality information we'll share with you. Make sure to keep pens and a small notebook in your bag! We also recommend sunscreen, insect repellent spray, and antibacterial hand gel. 

Attitude: Be open-minded. NSO is a great time to branch out and try new things! The more engaged you are in the activities, the more students you'll meet, and the more you'll learn.

Reading TUgether

Reading TUgether is a University-wide common reading program in which the entire campus community, including students, staff, faculty, and alumni, participate. Reading TUgether is comprised of three primary components -- the book, the annotated bibliography assignment, and the keynote lecture -- each serving as complements to the other in order to facilitate a deeper exploration of the book.

This year, the selection is The Circle by Dave Eggers. Eggers is the best-selling author and finalist for the National Book Award. The book depicts the story of one woman’s ambition and idealism. Quickly the story evolves into a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.