New Student Orientation serves as a valuable resource for new Bengals and their family members during the transition to college.
The orientation process includes multiple steps to provide you with information, resources, and opportunities that support both
your academic and social transitions to college. Orientation for first-year students include both in-person and online options.
Orientation for all new students includes the following components, which must be completed in order:
- Complete Pre-Orientation
- Registration for an NSO Session
- Attendance at the NSO Session for which you registered.
Step 1 - Complete Pre-Orientation
Completion of the Safe Colleges module is required before class registration and will help encourage you to consider your role in making ISU a safe place to live, work, and study.
Safe College Links
Once you have logged into Safe Colleges, please complete the “Alcohol and Other Drugs” and “Clarifying Consent” courses.
Step 2 - Register for NSO Session
Step 3 - Attend Orientation
To ensure a strong start into your new journey it is important that you attend your orientation. Attending orientation will also allow you to register for classes.
- In-Person attendees will register the same day for classes.
- Virtual attendees will have a virtual advising session to get registered for classes.
Before your NSO Session
- To better help you connect with campus resources Download the ISU Student App
- To ensure you are registered for the correct English class, every new incoming ISU student must take The Write Class, a 10-20 minute placement course. This needs to be completed before enrolling in an English class.
- Watch the How to Take the Write Class for English Placement video.
- To get an accurate assessment of the math courses you should register for, use the ALEKS placement tool to determine your math readiness.
- Watch the How to take the ALEKS Test for Math Placement video.
- To stay up to date on important campus news and updates, regularly check your ISU email.
Forwarding your ISU email to a personal email address will help keep track of any important emails coming from the university.
Instructions on Forwarding Your ISU Email.
- To help ensure that you have a successful NSO experience, bring these items to your session.
- One form of photo ID (license, Star card, passport).
- A laptop or tablet
- Comfortable shoes
- If you are attending orientation in person, bring copies of your transcripts for your advising session.
After your NSO Session
- Follow our social media accounts (@isustudents, @idahostateu, @isusab, @isu_asisu, your college and/or program)
- Get your Bengal Student Supplies: Bengal ID, parking pass, books, and Bengal Gear
- If you were not able to get your Bengal ID in person, go to the Campus Connection website for ordering Student Bengal IDs, where students may request their Bengal ID online and submit a photo that meets University requirements.
- Check out the ISU Career Center
- Explore traditions
Is Orientation mandatory?
Yes. New Student Orientation is required of all incoming first-year students. NSO is designed to support the academic and social transition of our newest Bengals into the ISU family.
Will I complete class registration at New Student Orientation?
Only in-person attendees will complete their registration with an advisor that day. For those students attending a virtual NSO, you and your advisor will connect for advising and registration after you attend.
What do I do if I need special accommodations?
You can request special accessibility services or meal requirements through our office at (208) 282-2973.
What if I cannot attend the New Student Orientation?
Please contact the office of New Student Programs with any questions at (208) 282-2973.
How do I pay my NSO fee?
There is a non-refundable cost assessed on your student account. This cost is paid directly with a new student's tuition. The fees for parent and guest meals can be paid here.
Can I bring my parents and guests?
Parents and guests are welcome to attend orientation. Parents and family play a very important role in helping you transition as well as be successful in your college career. Parents and guests will be charged for their meals and can pay here.
Where do I get my student ID Card?
Plan to get your Bengal ID card at NSO. Virtual attendees can pick up their ID cards after the event. If you were not able to get your Bengal ID in person go to the Campus Connection website for ordering Student Bengal IDs, where students may request their Bengal ID online and submit a photo that meets our requirements.
It is very important to keep this card for the entire time you attend ISU as it serves as your library card, activity card, and meal card. Replacement cards cost $15.00. For more information about Bengal ID, Click Here.
How do I get to campus?
Pond Student Union Building 215
921 S 8th Ave Stop 8125
Pocatello, ID 83209
- Idaho Falls
Sam Bennion Student Union Building
1784 Science Center Drive
Idaho Falls 83402
ISU Meridian Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center
1311 E. Central Drive
Meridian, ID 83642