New Student Orientation

What is New Student Orientation?

You can think of it as the final piece of the puzzle to becoming a Highlander! New Student Orientation, or NSO, is mandatory for all new incoming students. 

Use the blocks below to complete your final steps to becoming a Highlander! 

What do I need to do before coming to New Student Orientation?

  1. Be admitted to Gordon State. Check your admissions status here. Click here to apply if you have not applied.
  2. Submit final high school and/or college transcripts
  3. Send your Immunization Records and your Verification of Lawful Presence to
  4. Log into your BannerWeb and Gordon email accounts. Click here to find out how!

Get ready for NSO!

Step One: Complete FORGE Online Pre-Orientation!  FORGE Online Pre-Orientation will walk you through important things like signing into your email and BannerWeb accounts, completing your FAFSA, understanding FERPA and Financial Aid Services, exploring Student Life, and more!

Step Two: Complete the Scheduling Survey! First-time students at Gordon do not create a schedule their first semester. Please reach out to the Student Success Center at with questions regarding your schedule.

Step Three: Register for AND attend New Student Orientation (NSO) Students enrolled in the Parapro to Teacher program do NOT need to attend in-person orientation. Dual Enrollment students will complete a separate orientation! Students must attend NSO to receive their schedule! If you do not attend NSO, your schedule may be dropped!

Complete the FAFSA!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) will be used to help you see how much financial aid you are eligible for at Gordon State.

Please complete the FAFSA as soon as possible so the funds will be in your account to help you pay for your classes. You will need Gordon's School Code: 001575.

Apply For Housing!

Living on Campus is the best way to get to know fellow students and to get involved. Apply early so you have the best chance of getting the room you want!