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Summer Session Details

New Student Session Details

New students on campus

Each orientation session is a two day, one night experience where students gain valuable information to ease their transition to the University. There are sessions on academic expectations, campus recreation & wellness, and activities and involvement. Additionally, students have the opportunity to meet with a representative from the college of their major to review their course of study and can make changes to their academic schedule. Each session is limited in size to allow for ample opportunities to connect with other new students and has open time to take care of business while on campus. 

"The night-time game and movie night was fun and the skits were really entertaining and gave me a better understanding of what to expect as a new student." Chelsea

New students who participate in ORIENTATION are better prepared, experience fewer problems, and generally have a very positive feeling about their experiences at NEVADA.

New students at Nevada

Students participating in the ORIENTATION program should leave with:

  • An individualized academic plan for first year success
  • An individualized plan for long term academic and personal success & development
  • An understanding of the great traditions and history of the University of Nevada
  • Prepared to transition to the lifestyle of a healthy, successful University student
  • Prepared to meet the expectations of being a member of the University community
  • Awareness and connection to University resources and programs to ensure success

Check In

Check in is from 8- to 9 A.M. at the Nevada Living Learning Community residence hall building. Please park in the Sierra Garage (entrance located at 1264 N. Sierra St.) for ease of access to the Nevada Living Learning Community. During check-in, students will be able to go to their room and drop of their luggage before sessions begin.

Session times

After check-in, the opening session begins at 9:00 a.m. on day 1 with activities that continue for students until late in the evening. The second day begins in the morning and concludes at approximately 5 p.m. on the second day.


All new students pay a $150 new student fee when paying their tuition and fees at the beginning of the semester. The ORIENTATION Program expenses (meals and lodging) for students are paid for out of this fee, so the upfront costs to you are travel related and spending money.

Overnight Details

Because orientation is a two-day program, all students are expected to spend the night on campus during orientation. There is no cost for this, unless extra nights before or after orientation are needed. Students will share a room in the Nevada Living Learning Community with other orientation participants. Please review the attendee checklist for details on what to bring.

What to Wear

Each session will take place on the 255 acre campus, which offers ample opportunity to explore the University services and landmarks. We encourage you to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, as various sessions may be held in a variety of buildings throughout campus. Please review the Attendee Checklist for additional information.


While attending ORIENTATION you will have your picture taken and receive your WolfCard. Your WolfCard is your campus ID card, meal card, library card, recreation center card, and has many other uses. For a complete listing of the WolfCard uses, including banking options go to the WolfCard site.

Family and Guests

Parents and family are encouraged to attend orientation and can be added when signing up for orientation. All parents, family, and guests participate in separate activities from the students throughout orientation. More information about the family and guest program, please visit the Family and Guest page.

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