Bear Beginnings New Student Orientation

Confirm or Change Your Orientation Date

What is Bear Beginnings New Student Orientation?

At new student orientation, students are introduced to services and resources on campus that will help create a successful transition into college life and promote student success.  New student orientation is required for all new, first time degree and certificate seeking students. Additionally, at new student orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor and register for your first semester of classes. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 423.323.0229 or

Orientation also allows students to meet with campus representatives from Financial Aid, The Business Office, Veteran and Military Student Success Office, Accessibility Services, and more!  Campus tours will also be available during your new student orientation day!

Is orientation in person or online?

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community is our greatest concern. Orientation for spring 2021 incoming students will be offered in person and online.  Students will be automatically registered for an orientation date and time; however, students may request to participate in online orientation only.  To request to attend virtual orientation only, please request an alternate date by completing the request to Confirm or Change Your Orientation Date form.

When will I find out my assigned orientation date?

Orientation dates for the spring 2021 semester will be mailed to fully admitted students by the end of October.  Orientation dates for summer and fall 2021 incoming students will be mailed to students by the end of March.  Students who are admitted after the initial communication dates will receive orientation appointment information within two weeks of their official acceptance to Northeast State.

What if I need to reschedule for a different day or campus?

Orientation dates and times are set based on the student's address at the time of admission. If the date and time do not work for your schedule or location, please request an alternate date by completing the request to Confirm or Change Your Orientation Date form.

Can I bring someone with me?

Due to social distancing guidelines, guests are not permitted for spring 2021 orientation sessions. For questions or concerns, contact 423.323.0229 or

When will I be able to access my online orientation?

Online orientation is hosted through our learning management system Desire to Learn (D2L).  Students who have elected to attend virtually will receive their D2L login credentials and instructions by the first of December.  Students may access D2L by visiting

What is the orientation day schedule like?

Your orientation appointment will begin at either 9:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Please check your orientation letter to confirm your day and time. Below is a sample schedule. Please know this is subject to change.

Sample Morning Orientation Schedule   Sample Afternoon Orientation ScheduleSample Evening Orientation Schedule