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New Student Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

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What to expect at NSO?

New Student Orientation (NSO) facilitates the smooth transition of new students into the Spelman College community by introducing all students to Spelman’s educational mission, history, academic advisement, course registration, and other unique opportunities. NSO also provides an overview of social and recreational activities that develop sisterhood, supportive networks, and school pride.  After completing NSO, students should understand their responsibilities as members of the Spelman academic and social communities.

What are the NSO dates?

Fall 2016 Orientation dates are August 11 - 16, 2016 (Attendance is Mandatory)

Where can I find student information?

New students can find orientation information and updates throughout orientation on their MySpelman portal.  Click on the checklist to get your user name.  Your password is your student ID number, which you were assigned by the Admissions Office.  (It begins with 900 and is referred to as your 900 number).  Using your user name and password, you can sign into your MySpelman portal.  There is also a link to the MySpelman portal at the top of all pages in this website.

Where can I find parent and family information?

Parent and Family New Student Orientation information can be found on the MySpelman portal under the Parent Information link. Additional information can be found in our Parent's Guide and family orientation schedule.  There is a link to the MySpelman portal at the top of all pages in this website.

What is the checklist?

The checklist provides you a list of important information that must be completed by the specified dates.

What time should I arrive for NSO?

Fall orientation students will receive via U.S. mail individual arrival times in July.  The arrival times will be between 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Arrival times will be posted on the student’s checklist.

How do I access the NSO schedule?

Student Schedule (PDF)  |  Parent and Family Schedule (PDF)

Additionally, the NSO schedule for students can be found on the  MySpelman portal.  Students will sign into their MySpelman portal. Username and password information for students are located on their checklist.

When will I register for classes?

You will register during your advising session with your assigned academic adviser who is knowledgeable of the required courses.  Your academic adviser will have access to your placement scores and any college credits you may have and will help you identify courses you should take. You will register for classes identified by you and your advisor during or after your advising session.

What is the math placement exam?

The math placement exam is required of all first-year and transfer students who are not transferring math credits.  Exceptions include Summer Science students (WISTEM) with college math credit; Spelman’s Early College Program students with college math credit; students who score 4 or higher on the AP Calculus Examination; students who score 5, 6, or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Higher Level Examinations; and students earning a score of 50 on the math CLEP exam.

Designated times and locations for the placement test will be posted on the MySpelman portal by August 10.

What is the computer literacy exam?

A computer literacy examination is given each semester for the purpose of exempting students from CIS 100. The examination consists of both written and hands-on components. The examination may be taken only once. Students seeking exemption must take the examination no later than the end of the second year. Exemption from the course does not carry credit hours. The exemption examination for CIS 100 will be given during NSO and early registration for the spring semester.

What is the Language Placement Examination?

All students with one or more years of foreign language study are required to take an online or onsite language placement examination in the language she has previously studied.   A student who wishes to start a new language at Spelman should still take the placement exam in the language she has studied previously. 

Students who receive an exceptional score online or onsite are required to take an onsite oral examination.  Students will receive email notification if an oral examination is required.  The time and location of the oral exam will be provided in the email notification.

Students who wish to take their placement exam in Japanese, Latin, German or Portuguese should refer to the New Student Orientation schedule for testing information.  These exams are administered onsite.

Where do I find the cost for tuition and fees?

The Office of Student Accounts provides information on the cost of tuition, payment plans and fees.

What do I need to know about student housing and residential life?

Residence halls offer an opportunity for students to meet students from diverse backgrounds and cultures and develop a sense of community.   Professional and residential staff work closely with residents to provide innovative, creative, social and cultural programs.

Where do guests stay during New Student Orientation?

Spelman College has reserved rooms at a special rate for New Student Orientation at the preferred hotels listed. Room availability is limited, and space is not guaranteed; so make your reservations early.

Can I connect to Spelman’s NSO via social media?

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How do I get to Spelman College?

For GPS users, the following address will bring you directly to our entrance:
440 Westview Dr. S.W.,  Atlanta 30310 

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