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New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation (NSO)


How to schedule and cancel a New Student Orientation class

How to Sign Up for NSO

To sign up for a New Student Orientation (NSO) class, go to abtech.edu/nso. From there, you can sign up for an online or in-person NSO session. You'll need to enter your personal information, including your student ID number. After entering your information to sign up for the online NSO, you'll be taken to a webpage with information about your next steps:

In-Person NSO Class

The in-person NSO class meets on the Asheville campus in the Bailey Student Services Building, room 021. It takes about two hours. Due to limited seating, we're only able to accommodate new students, and there's no additional seating for guests at this time. 

Online NSO

The online NSO class is on Moodle. After logging in to Moodle, click on "NSO" under "My Courses." To take the class, read through each link on the NSO course page and complete the quiz and survey at the bottom of the page.

SmarterMeasure Online Readiness Assessment

The SmarterMeasure assessment is given during the New Student Orientation to determine students' readiness for online classes. This is now required before class registration for any students completing NSO after August 5, 2014.

Register for Classes after Completing NSO

After completing NSO, your student account will be updated by our Admissions Office to reflect that you've completed NSO. This process is not automatic, and it may take up to four hours to update your file.

After completing the online NSO in Moodle, you'll be taken to a webpage that allows you to review your score and answers. This page will also show you whether or not you successfully completed the quiz or need to retake it.

NSO quiz score example

NSO Class on Madison Campus

A limited number of NSO sessions are offered on the A-B Tech Madison campus. To inquire about the next available session, call (828) 398-7700.

Disability Accommodations 

If you need accommodations to take the in-person NSO class, call our Disability Support Services Office at supportservices@abtech.edu or (828) 398-7581.

Cancel a Scheduled NSO

To cancel an in-person NSO class, go to abtech.edu/nso and click "Cancel your Registration" on the left.


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