New Student Orientation


New Student Orientation (NSO) is a special time designed to welcome 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 their Kentucky campus. Spouses are encouraged to attend, and childcare is provided. Online students are welcome to attend NSO on campus or tune in via our online webinar formats.

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.

IMPORTANT! If you plan on attending our Kentucky campus New Student Orientation – please register by August 2nd by emailing us with your full name, degree you are seeking, (along with any guests coming with you) and your T-shirt sizes at

Register here for free childcare.

NSO Session Descriptions (Kentucky Campus)

Welcome and Worship: Join us for a special time of worship and fellowship.
A Day in the Life: In this session we will be sharing important information you will need to know for your academic and residential experience success. As well as simplifying some of the details to onboard you into graduate theological education. In a nutshell, resourcing you to thrive in your upcoming semester!
Business of Being A Student: Learn the “business” of being a seminarian as you hear from each major department on campus.
Chapel: Join us for the first Chapel of the new semester as we glorify the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We will conclude with a special time of prayer as you begin your seminary journey at Asbury!
Lunch with Faculty: Enjoy lunch and a time to connect with Asbury’s faculty on a personal level beyond the classroom.
The Ethos and You: Join our Director of Student Services in a time to examine how Asbury lives out our core beliefs and values, not only as students but also in preparation for your future ministry.
Campus Tour: Join your TAG Leaders for a student-led tour through Asbury’s campus, introducing you to the campus “hotspots” and key buildings/classrooms.
The Transition Talk: Change can be challenging, but it does not have to be something you go through alone. During this session, we will take time to focus on the “why” to remember and the “who” you need to make sure your time at ATS is a success.
Dinner with the Formation Team: Enjoy dinner and a time to connect with the Asbury team.

Upcoming New Student Orientation Dates

  • Online NSO – August 21st from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • INSO – August 27th from 8:30am – 2:30pm
  • In-Person NSO – August 28th-29th from 8:30am – 5:30pm