New Student Orientation


Get Ready for Life at BSU

New Student Orientation (NSO) welcomes our newest Bulldogs to campus. During NSO, incoming students receive support as they transition into their new academic and social environment.

Kick off your life at Bowie State with:

  • An overview of campus resources
  • Academic highlights and tips for success
  • A crash course in BSU traditions and history
  • Social events to connect with your new peers

Mark your calendar for this valuable experience that helps you become acclimated and informed as you begin your academic journey as a BSU Bulldog.

Spring Semester NSO
Monday, January 22, 2024
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Follow These 4 Steps

Step 1: Complete the BSU Pre-Orientation

Remember to complete your pre-orientation to learn everything about Bowie State University, including the university's history, academics, resources, culture, and more.

Bowie State Pre-Orientation

Step 2: Register for New Student Orientation

Register for Spring 2024 NSO

Step 3: Download "The Yard: Bowie State University" from your mobile phone's app store

Log in to the The Yard app using your Bulldog Connection username and password.

Step 4: Take Care of Your BSU Business

Visit our Next Steps webpage in order to see what you need to complete before attending NSO (FASFA, housing, payment plans, wellness forms, etc).


All students attending orientation may park in parking lot L or O, located in front of the Student Center.


If you have any questions, please email for assistance. Stay updated by following us on Instagram @experiencebowiestate!

Office of New Student Experiences Staff

Thomasina Boardley
Director of New Student Experiences and Student Engagement

Diamond Lyles
Transition and Retention Specialist

Khadeja Kourouma
Program Management Specialist  

Brian Hill
Social Media Onboarding and Retention Specialist