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About NSO/Soar

Students who attend college orientation programs are generally more prepared academically to start their first semester of college. They have an advantage because they are able to acclimate themselves to their new campus community before classes begin. As part of the Achieving the Dream Initiative, NOVA refined its New Student Orientation (NSO) and introduced additional Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) sessions to help students be prepared for college.

Student Orientation Advising & Registration Sessions (SOAR)

Student Orientation Advising and Registration Sessions are designed for students who are first-time college students and provides assistance with understanding placement test results, choosing and registering for courses, discussing payment deadlines and financial aid, and an introduction to college resources.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation is a three-hour orientation designed for students and parents. At NSO parents and students learn about resources that support student success at NOVA, get information regarding transfer and career resources and about financing their education. They also have an opportunity to meet with faculty advisors, counselors and financial aid specialists and tour our facilities.