Bear Beginnings New Student Orientation

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New Student Orientation

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 summer and fall 2021 incoming students will be offered in person.  Students who do not feel comfortable attending orientation in person will have the option of attending orientation online via Zoom.  To request to attend virtual orientation only, please select "Online/Zoom" under the Campus selection when registering for orientation.

When can I register for orientation?

Orientation registration 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 registration information within two weeks of their official acceptance to Northeast State.

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

If the date and time you registered for no longer works for your schedule, please request an alternate date by emailing form.

Can I bring someone with me?

Due to CDC guidelines changing, guests are now permitted to attend orientation. Space may still be limited and seats are reserved for new students. For questions or concerns, contact 423.323.0229 or

How do I activate my student email after orientation?

The first step for students after new student orientation is to activate their student email account. For instructions on how to activate your official Northeast State student email, you may view the instructional document

What is the orientation day schedule like?

Your orientation appointment will begin at either 9:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. for day orientations and 6:00 p.m. for evening orientations.  Please check your orientation confirmation 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