What is New Student Orientation (NSO)?
The New Student Orientation (NSO) is a very important step in your preparation for college life at Richland. During your NSO Session you will meet other new students, administrators, faculty and current Richland students, take a tour of the campus, participate in academic advising, and register for your classes.

Do I have to attend an NSO session?
You are required to attend an NSO session if you have not earned college credits prior to enrolling at Richland, or are not a Richland Collegiate High School, dual credit, Emeritus, or Multicultural Center student.

What do I need to do before I attend NSO?
Step 1: Complete Admission Form
Fill out the online application.

Step 2: Submit Official High School Transcript and/or Test Scores
Bring or mail official high school transcript and any test scores to:
Richland College
Admissions & Student Records
12800 Abrams Road
Dallas, TX 75243-2199

Step 3: Assess for College Readiness
Once you’ve been admitted, go to www.richlandcollege.edu/tsi to determine what test(s) you may need to take. You must either take the necessary assessment tests in reading, writing, math and computer literacy or present SAT, ACT, STAAR, or TAKS test scores to the Admissions Office that are high enough to exempt you from testing. Some students may not be required to take any assessment tests. Check here to see if you are exempt.

Step 4: Career Choices
All new-to-college students must complete a Choices career assessment prior to attending an NSO session.

Choices is an easy-to-use, comprehensive career exploration and information system. The Choices databases of occupations, postsecondary schools, and financial aid awards provide many choices for you. Individuals approach career decision-making from different perspectives. You may have a specific career area in mind. Or you may be looking for information about a number of occupations. To complete the Choices career assessment go to Career Services located in El Paso E-090.
For information go to: Making Career Choices.

Step 5: Sign Up

After you complete the college readiness assessment process and show proof of your meningitis vaccination, you may sign up for an NSO session. Go to www.richlandcollege.edu/oar

Is there a cost to attend NSO?
No, NSO is FREE!

What should I bring to NSO?
You will be required to present a photo ID. If you do not bring it with you, you will have to reschedule your NSO session. If you already know what classes you would like to take at Richland, bring your intended list of courses with you.

Can my family members attend?
You may invite one guest, however, we will not be able to accommodate children under the age of 16. There is no special programming for guests.

Do I have to stay the whole time for NSO? What if I come late or leave early?
Yes, you must attend the entire session. If you do not stay the whole time or arrive more than 10 minutes late, you will be required to reschedule your NSO session.

What if I need to cancel my NSO session registration?
To cancel an NSO session go to RLCorientationcancel@dcccd.edu then reschedule

Where do I go for my NSO Session?
The NSO sessions are held in Sabine Hall SH117. View the Richland campus map.