Virtual New Student Orientation

Virtual NSO Schedule 2020 - Sessions marked with (M) are mandatory and you are required to attend. Please speak to your OL or O-Team Leader if you are unable to attend a session. Schedule is subject to change. 

Session meeting links (for students) can be found in the NSO Experience Module in Presence, located on your homepage. You will learn how to complete the required modules during your first Orientation Leader or O-team meeting on Monday, August 24th. 

Please visit the Virtual Help Desk if you need assistance. Link and information below. 

Monday, August 24, 2020  

10:00am – 11:00am     Opening Session: Welcome to Redlands! (M) - Hosted by Ralph Kuncl, University President and Dr. Kendrick Brown, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  

Parents and Families are invited to attend! Click here for session link. 

Event Password: NSO20

11:00am - 11:15pm     Break 

11:15am – 12:00pm     Orientation Leader Group Meetings (M) and Johnston O-Team Meetings (M) - Meet with your OL and O-Team to review the NSO Schedule, get an insider's perspective on life at the university, help make connections, and ask questions that arise during NSO and beyond.  

OL and O-Team group meetings will take place in their personal webex meeting room. Not sure of who your OL is? Please check your email for a message from them with their meeting room link. Can’t find the email? Please visit our Virtual Help Desk for more information. 

11:15am – 12:00pm     Parent Session: Holding On and Letting Go (Virtually) - By Dr. Donna Eddleman, University Dean of Student Affairs. A student's success is dependent on the sources of support that surround them, and how that support is used to grow confidence and capacity, particularly in their first year. The University Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Donna Eddleman, will share her perspective, provide some foundational expectations of the partnership we endeavor to cultivate with families and challenge those attending to think about how they will provide support in this new environment.  

Parents and Families are invited to attend! Click here for session link. 

Event Password: NSO20

12:00pm – 12:30pm     Break  

12:30pm – 1:00pm       Academic Workshops Session 1 (M) - Connect directly with the offices and programs that will provide you with resources and information for a successful educational journey. Each program will host a Q&A at the end of the session. You are required to attend and complete two sessions, one per breakout session. If you are interested in attending other sessions, please note all sessions will be available to view and complete 24 hours after the live program.  

Session links are located here and in your NSO Experience module

  • Academic Success & Disability Services 
  • Online Tools and Resources for Courses 
  • Student Financial Services 
  • Office of Career and Professional Development

1:00pm – 1:30pm      Academic Workshops Session 2 (M) - Choose a second workshop to attend. 

Session links are located here and in your NSO Experience module

  • Academic Success & Disability Services 
  • Online Tools and Resources for Courses 
  • Student Financial Services 
  • Office of Career and Professional Development 

1:30pm – 1:45pm     Break  
1:45pm – 2:30pm     OL and O-Team Group Wrap Up Meeting (M) - Check-in with your group and review the upcoming schedule. Enjoy some time to relax and connect with your classmates. Please join your group in your OL’s personal Webex meeting room.  
2:30pm – 3:30pm     Armacost Library 101 - The Armacost Library supports your learning at Redlands through online collections and research help! If you need help finding or using resources for a class assignment, you can instant chat with a librarian, email us, or schedule a research appointment via Webex. Attend this session to meet your librarians, learn about library resources and services, and automatically be entered into a raffle to win a prize! Prizes include Redlands swag, gift cards to Barnes & Noble, squishy stress-less animals, and other surprises!  

Click here for session link.

2:30pm – 3:30pm     Advising Office Hours (Optional – as needed) - Please check in with your Peer Advisor or FYS Instructor if you have questions or concerns about registration.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2020  

10:00am – 11:15am     Finding Balance & Growth Mindset (M) - Hosted by Ken Grcich, Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs. 

Session links are located here and in your NSO Experience module

11:15am – 12:00pm     Student Involvement Panel - Stay connected and get involved! Meet current students and learn how to connect while being away.  

Session links are located here and in your NSO Experience module

12:00pm – 12:30pm     Break  

12:30pm – 1:00pm      Community Workshops (M) - Jump into one of the following sessions to connect with admin, staff, and students. We are here to help answer questions, provide resources, and make connections before the semester begins. You must attend one session and will able to view and complete additional sessions 24 hours after the live event.  

Session links are located here and in your NSO Experience module

  • Study Away Program 
  • Associated Students of U of R (ASUR) - 1st Year Senate 
  • Campus Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Community Service Learning 
  • First Generation Student Programs 

1:00pm – 2:00pm     Closing Session - Free Hugs Project (M) - Ken Nwadike, Jr, Free Hugs Project - Ken’s courageous work as a peace activist is helping to heal and narrow the social, political, and racial divide that currently exists throughout our country. His energy, spirit, passion, and love are changing individual behaviors and group interactions for the better.  

We are experiencing technical difficulties; the recording will be available shortly.

Raffle winners will be announced on the Student Affairs Instagram @uofRstudentaffairs at 2:15pm! 

Please email for more information. 



Looking for assistance during Virtual New Student Orientation? Please visit our Help Desk. Open from 9:00am - 3:00pm on Monday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 25th.


Connections Day Series

View recordings below.

Friday, June 19th | Welcome to Redlands

Recorded sessions will be available at a later date. 

Friday, July 17th  | Academic Overview and Support Services

View presentations here.

Students and Families joined us for ​our second Connections Day to learn about their academic journey. ​We heard from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, met with their ​First-Year Seminar ​professor, peer advisor and ​fellow classmates, and attended break​-out sessions on academic resources and requirements.

Monday, August 3 |Family Session

View presentations here.

  • Remote Learning: The decision, The impact, The goal. Presented by Kevin Dyerly, Vice President for Finance & Chief Financial Officer.
  • Financial Aid, UofR Student Account, payment options, and SFS Resources. Presented by Emily Baker, Director, Student Financial Services. View slides here!
  • Next prepare for the fall semester. Presented by Dr. Donna Eddleman, University Dean of Student Affairs and Dr. Ken Grcich, Associate Dean of Student Affairs. 


Friday, August 7 | Town Hall - Fall Semester 2020

View presentation here.

Following the announcement of moving the Fall 2020 start to remote learning, a live Town Hall was presented on Friday August 7th at 3pm PST providing information that is relevant for the semester. This event was facilitated by Dr. Kendrick Brown, Dr. Donna Eddleman along with additional representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences Deans Office, Residence Life and Housing, Student Financial Services, Bulldog Athletics, and Student Employment.




If you have any questions, please contact Student Involvement and Success at (909)748-8100 or

Are you an International Student? 

International Students will have their own orientation prior to New Student Orientation. More information and additional details will be forthcoming throughout the summer. US citizens living abroad are encouraged to attend as well. 

Are you a Transfer Student?

Transfer students will have their own virtual orientation during the summer, please refer to this webpage for more specific details.

Orientation programs are important and many are mandatory. You should be prepared to fully participate in all scheduled events.

First-Year Seminar Class

One of the most important classes in your first year starts during Orientation: The First-Year Seminar (FYS).  Mandatory for all Freshmen, it allows you the chance to meet other first-year students with similar academic interests and become acclimated slowly, with the help of one professor, to the academic environment. Your FYS professor also serves as your academic advisor and will assist you with class registration during New Student Orientation.  Your FYS also has a Peer Advisor, a knowledgeable upper-class student, who is trained to answer your questions and help your academic planning throughout your first semester.

Fall 2020 Academic Course Registration

Registration for your fall classes (in addition to your FYS and Plus One) this will be done by appointment on Thursday, August 20th. You will be advised by your Peer Advisor and FYS faculty with specific registration details. 

Mandatory Forms

In your deposit confirmation letter, you will receive your "user ID and password." You should visit and log in to verify your status and monitor your progress on clearing the mandatory forms. Remember to frequently check your University email and your my.Redlands account to see which outstanding items (e.g., bill, immunizations, loan documents, etc.) still need to be completed.


The University welcomes parents, guardians, and families of our first-year students! We are pleased that your student decided to join the Bulldog family.

Families are encouraged to attend the keynote sessions of the Connections Day Series. These are designed to introduce you to resources available for your student, provide information about how resources work, and offer an opportunity to ask questions.