Frequently Asked Questions

What is New Student Orientation (NSO)? 

New Student Orientation (NSO) is an action-packed and informative program designed especially for incoming new students at ENC. NSO is required of all new students. At this program, you can expect to meet many faculty and staff members, advisors, and fellow students who truly care about you and your success at the College. 

When and how long is NSO? 

  • Fall NSO is a 4-day program for residents and commuters begins on Saturday, August 25, 2018. 
  • Spring NSO begins on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

What can I expect at NSO? 

You will have the opportunity to meet with your academic advisor and create your course schedule, interact with faculty and staff from across campus to gain a better understanding of expectations for students on campus. New students will also learn more about opportunities to be involved on campus. Check out the campus calendar and the student activities portal for more information on campus activities.  

Is Orientation Mandatory? 

Yes, it is mandatory. Orientation serves to prepare you for your first semester, without the information it provides you will not be prepared for success. 

Is there a NSO schedule I can view? 

Yes! Here is the link NSO Schedule 

Can I arrive before my check-in date? 

You cannot move on to campus before your check in date unless you are a pre-approved early arriver due to a sport, campus employment, or another reason for which a coach or supervisor has arranged with the director of residential life and housing. 

Can I change my check-in time? 

We do not allow students to change their check-in times as it is imperative to stay on schedule. If an extenuating circumstance arises and you must change your check-in time, email to inquire about alternative times. 

What if I cannot attend NSO due to previous obligations? 

Orientation is mandatory; however, if there is some kind of extenuating circumstance that prevents you from attending please contact or call 617-745-3774. From there, you will be directed how to proceed. 

Do I have to register for NSO? 

Yes. We are excited for your arrival, and we want to have everything ready for you! Once your enrollment deposit is processed, you will receive a mailing with specific details about how to sign up for orientation and register any guests who may be attending with you. The link to the NSO Registration Form is available here. If you have any issues registering or questions about registration please contact 

What should I bring? 

  • Government-issued photo ID 
  • Final transcripts from your high school and/or former college(s) if you have not submitted them already
  • Any forms you need to submit to ENC including immunization forms, health insurance, etc. 
  • Warm casual clothes, including comfortable closed-toe walking shoes. 
  • Residents can view a full list of approved residence hall items HERE. 

Where can I park? 

Upon arrival to check in, you can park temporarily on East Elm Ave. Once you are checked in, you will be directed to the Waterston Avenue parking lot for the day. We will provide a temporary parking permit at check in to display on your dashboard. 

How do I get to campus? 

Directions to ENC are available hereThe campus map may also be helpful. 

How do I know where to go for NSO?

Check in will be on the front lawn of the college. You can enter at the main gate on East Elm Avenue. In the case of inclement weather, check in will take place in the Lahue Physical Education Center. 

Spring New Student Orientation begins in the Admissions office in the Bower-Grimshaw Center which is connected to Gardner Hall. 

When do I receive my room assignment? 

All students are required to complete the Student Life Survey. This survey contains questions that will assist the Residential Life team in making roommate and housing assignments. If you have any questions regarding housing, please contact or call 617-745-3718. 

Can someone mail me a package? 

All students are assigned a campus mailbox, located in the Mann Student Center near the Security and Student Development offices. The mailing address for all students is Full Name, 23 East Elm Ave. Quincy, MA 02170. Please check the mailroom for current hours.  

Can I bring my car to campus? 

Freshman residents are not permitted to bring vehicles on campus. Commuter students and transfer students must register their car with Security. Permits to park on campus are available through Security.  

How many guests may I have with me at NSO? 

Friends and family are welcome to attend with you. 

Is there a charge for Orientation? 

No, we are happy to offer these services for you! 

Can parents and guests stay overnight? 

Guest housing is not available on campus, but here is a list of local accommodations. 

As a parent of a new student, is there any NSO information specifically for me? 

Fall NSO is designed to help both students and their families transition into the ENC community. On Saturday afternoon there are sessions for parents and guardians. Families are also invited to stay for dinner ($5 for guests, free for ENC students), and to attend our worship service that evening where there will be a time to say goodbye to your student. 

Spring NSO is significantly more condensed. Parents are invited to attend any and all sessions on the schedule. 

Are meals provided? 

Lunch is provided for students and guests. Dinner is available and is free for students, $5 for guests. 

What if I (or one of my guests) have dietary restrictions? 

Please indicate any allergies or other dietary restrictions on your NSO registration form. Students should also contact the Director of Food Services, Rick Harmon at, to discuss dining options on campus and accommodations that are available to meet your needs.  

What if I need special accommodations? 

Accessible rooms are available for students with disabilities. Please indicate on your NSO registration form to let us know how we can make your stay as comfortable as possible. ENC is proud to offer numerous support services for students who have a temporary or permanent health impairment, physical limitations, psychiatric disorders or learning disabilities. 

Will I be taking placement exams? 

Please contact the Center for Academic Success to schedule placement testing. You will not be able to create a course schedule until you have completed placement testing if it is required.  

Where can I buy textbooks? 

You can find your list of textbooks through your schedule on the ENC portal at Navigate to the “My Class Schedule” page under Academic Profile in the WebAdvisor for Students drop down. Enter the semester for which you want to see your schedule and click submit; you will then see your schedule. Click on the class name and the textbook information will be listed. If it says “To Be Determined”, feel free to contact the professor directly as they have not yet submitted their textbook information to the Provost’s office. 

How will my AP or previous college/university coursework transfer? 

The Registrar’s Office is the best contact for any questions regarding course credit and academic schedules. They can be reached at 

What if my question is not listed on this page? 

If you are unable to find an answer to the questions you have on this page, please contact us by phone at 617-745-3774 or by email at