August 12-19, 2014

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The Morehouse College family is proud to present its 2014 New Student Orientation (NSO) Program to incoming freshmen and transfer students. NSO is the College’s overall effort to ensure that new students are well prepared for the journey toward academic excellence and personal development at Morehouse College. In addition to helping you successfully make the transition to your new academic environment, the orientation program is the beginning of ongoing retention initiatives that are designed to support your timely graduation from the College. Listed below are several of the activities that will take place during the orientation week:

» 2014 New Student Orientation (NSO) Itinerary « (PDF Download)

Tuesday, August 12th:
Check-In; Overview of NSO for Parents; Welcome Presentation by Upperclassmen

You are to arrive on campus Tuesday, August 12, between the hours 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for Check-In. The NSO Program will begin with your arrival and will end on Tuesday, August 19th.

To ensure that you will be well positioned for a smooth check-in, it is important that you complete the following items before that date:

  1. Health forms – These forms are required prior to your move into a residence hall. By now, you should have been contacted by the Office of Student Health Services to inform you of any missing documents. Your immunization and physical examination records are necessary to ensure your health and the health of others at Morehouse.
  2. FAFSA – Be sure you have completed and submitted all necessary financial aid forms to the Office of Financial Aid. If your acceptance fee is paid, you may view your financial aid award on TigerNet. You can visit TigerNet at If you have any problems accessing TigerNet please contact the Morehouse Technology Group (MTG) Help Desk at (404) 507-8633 or via email at
  3. Financial requirements – Official enrollment occurs after you have satisfied the full cost for the fall semester (see, click on “Enter Admissions Website” and select the tuition and fees tab).  Cost may be met with a selected combination of cash, approved financial aid and/or a Morehouse College Payment Plan.
  4. Housing application – If you have not received a housing assignment, you may receive one after we receive your completed housing application. You can apply for housing by going to TigerNet and selecting the Housing and Residence Life Tab; look for the TigerDEN application link and click to enter the online application.

Once you have checked off each of these four items, you can be assured that you will be able to move immediately into your assigned residence hall.

Upon entering the campus, you will be greeted by members of the Morehouse family who will guide you to your assigned residence hall.

In the afternoon, an overview of the 2014 NSO Program will be presented to parents. In the evening, Morehouse upperclassmen will present a special “Welcome” to the Class of 2018.

Wednesday, August 13th:
Welcoming Ceremonies with Administrators, Faculty, Staff, and Students; Planning and Financing a Four Year Excellent Morehouse Experience; Communication Tools; Campus and Community Safety; Parent Parting Ceremony

In the morning, you and your parents/guardians will be greeted in an Opening Assembly by the President of the College, the Provost, administrators, faculty, and staff. In the afternoon, important information on the following topics will be provided: Planning and Financing a Four Year Excellent Morehouse Experience; Communication Tools; Campus and Community Safety.

A memorable Parents Parting Ceremony will be held on Tuesday evening, for parents/guardians and their sons. The Parents Parting Ceremony is a moving and inspirational ritual that allows parents/guardians and sons to define new roles and parents to depart so that their sons can begin their “transformation.” This ceremony marks the end of the parents’ orientation program.

Thursday, August 14th through Tuesday, August 19th:
Educational, Cultural, Health, and Student Life Workshops; Rites of Passage; Student Bonding; Alumni Interaction 

Throughout the remaining orientation program you and your new brothers will engage in structured educational, cultural and developmental workshops, which are designed to enhance your overall transition into the College. You will participate in interactive learning activities designed to familiarize you with the College’s academic support resources, student life, powerful history and traditions, health services, campus safety, and others. In addition, you will engage in social interactions with neighboring Atlanta University Center freshman students.

An array of highly spirited and safe brotherhood initiation and bonding activities will be provided for you and your new brothers throughout the orientation program. These activities are designed to encourage the “Spirit” of brotherhood and support between you, your classmates, upperclassmen, Alumni, faculty, staff, and administration.

Morehouse College Alumni will play an active role in your orientation by sharing their personal experiences from their student days at Morehouse and by describing what it means to be a “Morehouse Man”. During Spirit Night, upperclassmen will discuss salient features of the history and legacy of Morehouse College and will introduce the new students to traditional Morehouse spirit songs and chants. 

Again, we look forward to your arrival at Morehouse and your participation in this year’s exciting, informative, and meaningful New Student Orientation Program!