New Student Orientation


2023 Fall New Student Orientation (NSO)

We are excited as we approach New Student Orientation! Please complete the following steps and make sure you save the date for your NSO.



Wednesday, August 23, 2023 - Friday, August 25, 2023 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., with optional night activities


Friday, August 25, 2023 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.


Online: Tuesday, August 22, 2023 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

In-person: Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 11 am - 2 pm





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 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.

NSO Groups

Check your BSU email to receive your NSO Group and meet your New Student Orientation Leaders on Monday, August 21, 2023.


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  

Roland Reynolds
Program Assistant

Brian Hill
Social Media Onboarding and Retention Specialist