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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a two-day, overnight introduction to the Wentworth community. NSO will provide you with the basic knowledge of the campus community and the resources and services Wentworth offers. You will meet with other first year students, as well as current Wentworth student leaders, staff, and faculty. You will also register for classes. In addition to an orientation program designed just for you, your parents and family will also have the opportunity to take part in a one-day Parent & Family Orientation. There is no fee for any Orientation programs.

Students choose from four NSO dates to attend. Once you register for an Orientation session, a confirmation email will be sent to you with details regarding the program. Orientation check-in starts at 8:30am on the first day of each session, and students finish the orientation around 12:30pm on the second day of each session.

Overnight Experience

Overnight accommodations are provided to all first year students who have registered for New Student Orientation (NSO) free of charge. You must register for NSO prior to your arrival. All first year students, regardless of where they plan to live in the fall, will stay overnight in one of our residence halls.

Students are expected to stay on campus during their entire stay for NSO; there will be opportunities to discover Boston during Wentworth Opening Week (WOW) in September. In the evenings during Orientation, there will be a variety of activities taking place and numerous opportunities to hang out with other new students. This time is a great opportunity to get to know your new classmates in a more informal environment.

What to Bring

  • Sleeping bag or sheets
  • Pillow with pillow-case
  • Bath towel
  • Robe or clothes to walk from the shower to your room
  • Shower caddy, tote, or cosmetic organizer
  • Toiletries: soap, shampoo, etc.
  • Clothes for two days
  • Fan for your room, if desired
  • Exercise clothes (for optional group exercise classes)
  • Rain gear (just in case)
  • A pen
  • Notebook
  • Enthusiasm and a great attitude!

Transfer Students

Transfer students are not required to attend New Student Orientation, though they are welcome to attend if interested. Instead, transfer students are invited to attend Transfer Orientation, held in late July each year During Transfer Orientation, students learn more about class registration, co-op, campus resources, and meet other transfer students. Communication via email will arrive over the summer inviting transfer students to register for Transfer Student Orientation. Please email with any questions in the meantime.

International Students

We understand the high cost associated with international travel and therefore do not require our international students to attend New Student Orientation. However, International students are required to attend Wentworth Opening Week and International Student Orientation. International Student Orientation takes place during the two days prior to Wentworth Opening Week.