New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is an exciting 4-day program designed to provide you with all the tools you need to ensure a successful beginning to your Webster experience. Orientation is mandatory for all new first year and transfer students, so mark your calendars now for this exciting weekend.



Schedule Of Events

August 21st – Aug 24th

- Move-In Day is August 21st

- Major NSO Sessions on August 22nd – Aug 23rd

- Service Opportunity and All-Campus Welcome Back Event Aug 24th

International Student Orientation

Wednesday, Aug. 20

International Student Orientation Events

Please visit the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs website for detailed information regarding early move in, orientation activities and mandatory international student check-in.

International Student Orientation provides new students from abroad with early arrival support and assistance with transitioning to a new environment at Webster University. International Student Orientation is required for all incoming international students, including those who are transferring from another U.S. institution and those who are studying abroad from our international campuses.

The International Student Orientation program will be held on Wednesday, August 20st from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm in the University Center (UC). Check in will be located in Sunnen Lounge in the UC (175 Edgar Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63119). This orientation program will include a continental breakfast and lunch. If you have any food restrictions or if you will be fasting, please notify us so that we can accommodate your needs. Click here to register online.

For important information regarding immigration check-in, please click here.

Complete New Student Orientation

Thursday, Aug. 21st

Orientation Check-In And Resources

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in University Center

Orientation Check-In

Make sure you stop by the Orientation check-in table on the upper level of the University Center to pick up your Orientation materials (for both Students and Parents), including your meal tickets. Students and guests are required to have meal tickets to dine during Orientation. WE ASK THAT YOU BRING YOUR SCHEDULE that was sent to you in July. We will have a limited amount of extras at check-in.

Campus / Local Resource Fair

This is the place to take care of some important business before classes begin.  Stop by the University Center to check-in for Orientation, purchase parking tags, get your Student ID card, learn about on-campus events, connect with the Parent Program and much more. Representatives from across campus and the community will be here to help you get settled.

Coffee Break at the Library

Take a break from moving into the dorms and go to the library for coffee and scones.  This will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Residence Hall Move-In

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (depending on your room assignment)

August 21st, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with arrival times for specific floors. Please plan to arrive within your allotted time slot. From the moment you pull up to the buildings, you will be helped by members of the Webster University community. To help this process go smoothly, you should remember to mark ALL of your items with your name and room number.  For additional move-in instructions, please visit Housing and Residential Life.

Dinner On Your Own

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Webster Groves area

Explore the Webster Groves area on your own for a place to dine! Experience St. Louis pizza at Imo’s, enjoy a hearty meal at CJ Mugg’s, or grab some ice cream from Serendipity! Many other options are also available! While you dine, keep an eye out for the Orientation staff in their bright yellow shirts. If you have your Student ID, many places offer discounts!

Resident Floor Meeting

7:00 p.m. on Residence Hall Floors

Your first MANDATORY floor meeting will give you an opportunity to get to know the people you will be living with during the upcoming year.  These meetings are used for community building and for sharing important information about living on campus.

Commuter Social

7:00 p.m. in Commuter Lounge (Sverdrup)

Are you a Freshman or a Transfer Student who will be living off campus?  Take advantage of this first opportunity to make connections before Orientation starts. Enjoy snacks while you socialize and learn about the commuter resources Webster has to offer.

NSO Kick-Off Event

8:30 p.m – 10:00 p.m. on the Quad (Glow in the Dark Party)

Join the Orientation Leaders to celebrate the beginning of orientation.  There will be free food and prizes for those who attend.

Friday, Aug. 22nd

Continental Breakfast

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. in Grant Gymnasium

Orientation Check-In

7:45 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

University Center Commons

If you did not check-in for Orientation on Thursday, stop by the Orientation check-in table to pick up your Orientation materials and meal tickets, which are required for you to dine during Orientation.  WE ASK THAT YOU BRING YOUR SCHEDULE that was sent to you in July.  We will have a limited amount of extras at check-in.

Coffee Break At The Library

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

If you didn’t get a chance to stop by Thursday, come to the library for a nice coffee break during orientation.

New Student Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. in Loretto Hilton Center

Join us for the opening of Orientation weekend! Join Webster University President, Dr. Elizabeth Stroble, Provost, Dr. Julian Schuster, members of their administrative team, representatives from the Schools and Colleges, and Webster Groves Community members as they officially welcome you to Webster University.

Keys To Success And Expectations

9:25 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. in Loretto Hilton Center

Webster University’s Dean of Students, Dr. Ted Hoef, and the Orientation Leaders get together to give you some good advice on how to thrive at Webster.

Group Meeting #1

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in The Quad

When you arrive, you will be assigned an Orientation group which will meet several times during the weekend. A pair of Orientation Leaders will lead your group, review the Orientation schedule, answer questions about Webster, and serve as your guides throughout the weekend. These are great opportunities to meet other new students and start making connections!

Parent Resource Panel

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in Loretto Hilten Center

Parents, this is your chance to ask all of those questions you’ve been holding inside. We will have a panel of staff representing the following campus resources: Public Safety, Health Services, Housing and Residential Life, Academic Advising, Business Office, Study Abroad, Career Services, the Academic Resource Center, along with others.

Parent Resource Fair

10:40 a.m.. – 11:55 a.m. in Loretto Hilten Center 

Parents, this is your chance to ask all of those questions you’ve been holding inside. We will have a panel of staff representing the following campus resources: Public Safety, Health Services, Housing and Residential Life, Academic Advising, Business Office, Study Abroad, Career Services, the Academic Resource Center, along with others.

First Year Seminar (First Official Class For Freshman)

10:40 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. in East Academic Building

All new freshman students are registered in a First Year Seminar Class for the fall semester. This is the first meeting of your class, and is required for all freshmen. You will be introduced to your professor and the other students in your class!  You will need to know the name of your class and professor, so please bring a copy of your schedule.  Classes will meet in this location only during Orientation weekend.

Transfer Session

10:40 a.m.. – 11:55 a.m. in University Center Sunnen Lounge

While you have already attended classes at another institution, there is much for you to learn to make a smooth transition into the Webster University community.


12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. in Grant Gymnasium

Dean’s Welcome Programs And Session For Undeclared Students

1:20 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.

The five colleges and schools will meet individually to give you the opportunity to meet your academic Dean, learn about your major, and meet other new students in your field of study.  Are you still deciding on your major? The session for undeclared students is just for you! You will meet with staff from Academic Advising and Career Services to guide you as you start the journey to selecting a major.

School of Education

College of Arts & Sciences

Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts

School of Business & Technology

School of Communications

Undeclared Student Session

Study Abroad

2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. in the Community Music School

What tools will students need when working on a global scale?  The Global Citizenship Program aims to provide specific experiences for Webster students so that they can meet the demands of the interconnected globe in the 21st century.  This session will highlight one of the key experiences in that development – studying abroad.  Faculty, Staff, and Students who have studied abroad will be on hand to provide their perspectives on experiencing a new culture.

Classroom Building Tours

2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. meet in University Center Commons

LHCT, SVER, HSPC, EAHL, confused yet?  Have one of our Gorlok Guides show you how to decode your schedule and show you where your classes are so you won’t be lost on Monday morning.

Parent Speaker

2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. in Loretto Hilten Center

More information coming soon!

Connection Leader Mixer

3:45 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. in Grant Gymnasium

Each fall, every new student will be assigned to a Connection Leader, an upperclassman at Webster. This is an opportunity for students to connect with their CL in an informal setting.  Come break the ice and get to know some of your fellow Gorloks.

Parent Reception 

3:45 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. in East Academic Building Edward Jones Commons

While students are out enjoying their group activities, parents can take a breather and enjoy a reception.  You’ll get to mix and mingle with other parents and University administrators.


5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Grant Gymnasium

Campus Issues

6:05 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Loretto Hilton Center

Join us as Orientation Leaders give an on-stage performance about a variety of issues that you may face as a college student. It will make you laugh, cry, and open your eyes to issues you might face during your time here at Webster.

**This session is intended for new students and parents. Campus Issues contains some adult content that may not be appropriate for younger children.**

Orientation Group Meeting #2

7:35 p.m. – 8:35 p.m. in the Quad

Students, we know you have questions you want to ask a fellow college student. At this group meeting, talk about these with your Orientation Leaders.

Campus Issues Parents Only Reflection

7:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. in Loretto Hilton Center

This is the parents’ opportunity to join the Orientation staff for reactions, comments, and questions regarding Campus Issues from a parent’s perspective.


Saturday, Aug. 23rd


7:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. in Grant Gymnasium

Free Time/Get Stuff Done

7:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

This is your opportunity to make any last minute trips to the store for supplies, and to go take care of anything on campus that you need to do. We want you to start the day feeling organized and ready for another fun, exciting day at New Student Orientation!

Orientation Group Meeting #3 GROUP ENERGIZER!

10:00 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. in the Quad

Meet up with all the new students and all the OLs! Your Orientation Leaders have fun activities planned for you, your group members, and the members of all the other groups to bond and make lasting connections with each other.

Coffee Station

10:00 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. in the Quad

Boost your energy with a mid-morning coffee and enjoy mingling with other parents while watching the group energizer. After your coffee has done its job, we encourage you to participate in the group energizer!

ResLife Informational Session

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Loretto Hilton Center

The Department of Housing and Residential Life will present important information for students and families regarding common processes and policies that students will need to know to have a successful year in residential housing. Join the Director of Housing and Residential Life, John Buck, and his staff as they review information on residential policies, meal plans, and important processes that occur throughout the year.

Commuter Student Informational Session

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Student Session  in East Academic Building

These sessions will address common concerns and easy solutions for commuter students and parents. Students will have the opportunity to meet with fellow commuters to campus and learn tips about how they have been successful.  Learn about how Commuter Council advocates for you and what you can do to make the most of your college experience!

Commuter Parent / Family Session  in University Center Sunnen Lounge

Parents will learn about Webster’s commuter resources available to students.  This session addresses common issues related to being the parent of a commuter student.  Join some of our Gorlok Guides for a tour specific to commuting students.  It will highlight many places that students will who commute need to know on campus.

Presidential Family Farewell Lunch

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in Grant Gymnasium

Yes, parents, it’s that time. Enjoy a final meal with your students before they spend the rest of the afternoon in student-only sessions. Parents do have a chance to participate in the Giant ‘W’ Photo but should leave before the rest of the student-only session.

Orientation Group Meeting #4

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. in the Quad

Meet up with your OLs and your group for the last time during NSO weekend! This might be the last meeting, but we hope you will continue to build connections with your new friends throughout the weekend and the rest of your time at Webster!

Giant ‘W’ Photo

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. in The Quad

Come join the Webster University Community as we create a GIANT ‘W’ made of people in the Quad. Bring your family, friends, teachers, and everyone you’ve met at New Student Orientation to be a part of Webster tradition.

Outside The Classroom

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. in the Loretto Hilton Center

Did you know that employers look at much more than your GPA upon graduation?  Webster can provide opportunities for you to gain a competitive edge upon graduation. Come join us for this interactive session and learn about what Webster has to offer outside of the classroom from members of Career Services, Campus Activities, Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs, and WebsterLEADS.

Orientation Closing Ceremony

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. in Loretto Hilton Center

Orientation Weekend is almost over, come to the last session and help us celebrate.  Meet up with the Orientation staff, listen to music, and hear advice from a Webster alumna.

O-Fest And Dinner

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the University Center

You’ve spent two days learning information about Webster, now it’s time to let loose! Join the OL’s for an evening of fun and adventure throughout the University Center.  There will be games and music. It’s a great time to celebrate being new students!


Sunday, Aug. 24th

Gorloks Giving Back

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in University Center

Philanthropy is a voluntary effort to help others through sharing of one’s time and talent. Get a true sense of what it means to help others and join your fellow Gorloks for a couple of hours of service in the Webster Groves area and Webster itself. Afterwards, come back to the Quad for a free lunch for those who have volunteered! Sponsored by the Webster University Alumni Association.

Lunch For Volunteers

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on The Quad

Learning Community (LC) Meeting

1:05 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. in East Academic Building Edward Jones Commons

If you are a part of a Learning Community, you must attend this session. Students will have the opportunity to meet with their fellow LC members as well as the faculty and staff that will be working with them throughout the year.

Career Planning And Development

2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. in University Center-  Sunnen Lounge

How do I find a job on campus?  What is Work-Study?  These questions and more will be answered at this session. If you plan to work on campus, you must attend this session. Other topics include paperwork, paychecks, and the 2014-2015 career development sessions.

Classroom Building Tours

3:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.

University Center- Outside of Sunnen Lounge

LHCT, SVER, HSPC, EAHL, confused yet?  Have one of our Gorlok Guides show you how to decode your schedule and show you where your classes are so you won’t be lost on Monday morning.

Movie Screening

7:00 p.m. in Winifred Moore Auditorium 

Join your Orientation Leaders and the rest of campus for a free, screening of a popular movie. Come and spend the last night before classes relaxing and connecting with new and current students.

Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 10:00am to 10:00pm

University Center
175 Edgar Rd, Webster Groves, MO 63119