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New Student Orientation

Where your Lynchburg journey begins.

Dates: June 10-28, 2024 (you will select two days)
International Students: Aug. 12-15, 2024
Transfer Orientation: Aug. 16, 2024

Your First Step Toward an Undeniably Life-changing College Experience 

Welcome, Hornets! Your University of Lynchburg adventure starts with our in-person, on-campus New Student Orientation. This immersive, overnight experience will help you integrate into our buzzing community. It’s your first step into a world of countless possibilities, connections, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Orientation is more than an introduction; it’s your gateway to lifelong friendships, connections that shape your future, and stories that you’ll tell for years to come. Your Lynchburg adventure is about to unfold, filled with moments that will define, challenge, and ultimately change you.


Registration Fee: $150

(includes on-campus lodging and meals for 1.5 days)

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  • What to Expect

    • Stay a while: Experience what it’s like to live on campus in a traditional residence hall. You’ll share a double room with a roommate and a communal bathroom in the hallway. It’s a great way to get a taste of campus life!
    • What to pack: Don’t forget your bedding or sleeping bag, casual clothes, comfortable shoes for exploring, toiletries, and a reusable water bottle.

Your Questions, Answered

Got queries? From the essentials of New Student Orientation to how you can make the most of this experience, we’ve got the answers. And if you’ve got more questions, our inbox is always open.

Logistics and Requirements

What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation, or NSO, is an essential program designed to welcome new students to the University of Lynchburg. It’s an opportunity to learn about campus life and academic resources and to connect with fellow students, faculty, and staff.

NSO can help you connect with other Hornets, the University, and the surrounding community.

Is Orientation mandatory?

Yes. Attendance is required for all incoming undergraduate students. It’s a crucial first step to starting your journey at Lynchburg.

How much does orientation cost?

There is a $150 registration fee. This fee covers all activities, overnight lodging for students, and meals. 

Is there an orientation fee waiver?

Please contact orientation@lynchburg.edu to request a fee waiver or deferral. 

What happens if I don't complete NSO?

If you don’t complete the necessary enrollment steps by published deadlines, you may be dropped from your schedule of courses and removed from housing assignments.

What if none of the NSO dates work for me?

Reach out to orientation@lynchburg.edu and talk with us about your circumstances. We’ll work with you on alternatives.

Can I opt to stay off campus during orientation?

Yes. Please indicate that on your event registration. 

Note: staying off campus during NSO will not reduce the cost of attendance.

How do I change the in-person NSO date I registered for?

If you need to change your NSO date, please email us at orientation@lynchburg.edu and we will be happy to make adjustments as they are available.

How do I ensure I can register for NSO and receive details about the event?

To be eligible to register for NSO, students must first pay the enrollment deposit. Students who have made their deposits will receive information via their Lynchburg email account regarding NSO.

Accommodations, Amenities, and Participation

What should I pack for the overnight stay?

Please bring bedding or a sleeping bag, casual clothing, comfortable shoes, toiletries, and a reusable water bottle. You’ll be staying in a traditional residence hall double room with shared hallway bathrooms.


Can I rent linen or bedding for my NSO experience?

Yes, for an additional fee. Please select the linen rental option when you register for your event. The cost is $40 and assessed to your Lynchburg account and payable via payment.lynchburg.edu.

Note: The linen rental does not come with a pillow, so you will need to bring your own. 

Can I bring guests?

Yes. Each student may bring up to two guests. However, on-campus lodging is not available for guests. We’ve provided a list of nearby hotels for your convenience.

Is there programming for registered guests?

Yes. There will be concurrent and joint programming for all registered attendees. 

What meals will be provided?

We will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the first day and breakfast on the second day for students and their guests.

How can I apply for accommodations?

If you need academic, dietary, or housing accommodations, please contact the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources, or CADR, as soon as possible. Visit our website for more information and to start the application process.

Information and Support Services

How do I get my student ID?

Before attending your in-person New Student Orientation date, please submit a photo for your ID card. Visit arrival.lynchburg.edu/photo and go through the process step by step. 

If I have more questions, who should I contact?

For further questions, please email us at orientation@lynchburg.edu. Our team is here to help you with any questions you might have.


Where can I find information on the University of Lynchburg and the surrounding area?

For more information about the University and the surrounding community, please visit our official website. We also recommend exploring the City of Lynchburg’s tourism website to get acquainted with the area.

What if I forgot my Lynchburg student login information?

You can change your password at passport.lynchburg.edu, or contact our ITR Help Desk at 434.544.8350 or help@lynchburg.edu.

New Student Orientation is just the beginning at the University of Lynchburg, where every student embarks on a journey of self-discovery, learning, and growth. We can’t wait for you to become a vital part of our vibrant community.

Are you ready to start your adventure?

Register today and take the first step toward your future at the University of Lynchburg.

Questions or need more info? Contact us at orientation@lynchburg.edu. Your Lynchburg journey begins now, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it!

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