New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a special time designed to orient incoming students and their families to Asbury Theological Seminary’s campus and surrounding community and ready hearts and minds for the formational experience of seminary. This is also a unique opportunity to connect with students, staff, and faculty as we seek to celebrate the work God has done in the lives of new students, foster community, and provide key tools and necessary information.

The Office of Student Services strongly recommends that each incoming student attend New Student Orientation at one of Asbury’s geophysical campuses in Kentucky or Florida. Spouses are encouraged to attend, and childcare is provided. Extended Learning (EXL) Students are welcome to attend NSO on campus or tune in via live broadcasting. Broadcast information coming soon.

New Student Orientations are hosted at the start of each fall and spring semester. Listed below is a brief description of each orientation session as well as upcoming NSO dates. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Services at

NSO Session Descriptions (Kentucky Campus)

Welcome and Worship: Join as for the very first time as we welcome you and your fellow incoming class for a time of fellowship and worship.
Asbury 101: A fellow student presenter will be sharing all the information you need to know for oneATS and your student portal as well as simplifying some of the overwhelming technology details.
Spouses Meet & Greet: Spouses, join the Community Formations Team, Asbury’s First Lady, and the Dean of Chapel for a special time of devotional and fellowship.
Chapel: President Timothy Tennent will be delivering an inspiring message to the new student body entitled “Scholars on Fire”.
Business of Being A Student: Learn the “business” of being a seminarian as you watch a set of brief videos filmed by each major department on campus.
The Ethos and You: Join Director of Student Services and Vice President of Community Formations as they team up to explain the Ethos Statement and how it relates to you as a student.
Campus Fair: Visit department booths, learn about our extracurricular programs, and taste Ale-8-One, the only soft drink invented in Kentucky still in existence.
Campus Tour: Join your TAG Leaders for a student-led tour through Asbury’s campus, introducing you to the campus “hotspots” and key buildings and classrooms.
Dinner at Rose Hill: Bring your family and join President and Mrs. Tennent for a picnic-style dinner and an atmosphere of food, fun, and fellowship.
The Transition Talk: A student favorite, tune in as Dr. Marilyn Elliott offers clues, advice, and laughter during a time of transition and change.
The Global Classroom: Journey with us through our international classrooms as we dive into the virtual learning experience of other countries!
Lunch with Faculty and Administration: Enjoy lunch and a time to connect with Asbury’s faculty on a personal level beyond the classroom.

The Business of Being A Student Videos

Interested in watching the videos from the Business of Being A Student session during Kentucky Campus NSO 2015? All videos are available on oneATS (login required) or the YouTube playlist.

Upcoming New Student Orientation Dates

Kentucky Campus

  • Fall 2016:August 31 – September 1 (View Schedule)
  • Spring 2017: February 1-2

Florida Dunnam Campus

  • Fall 2016: August 27