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Take your first steps as a Northern Vermont University student at NVU-Johnson’s SOAR.

Welcome, new students and families! We are all very excited to give you a heartfelt, informative, and educational welcome to Northern Vermont University and a solid start to your NVU journey. To assist you in preparing for your spring semester, NVU has developed online learning class called SOAR. Within SOAR, you will have access to several learning modules to orient you to life at Northern Vermont University. These learning modules include information related to Academic Advising, Academic Support Services, Student and Residence Life, Dining Services and Student Financial and Billing Services. All enrolled students are expected to access and explore the SOAR Course.



SOAR kicks off on January 5 with an official welcome from your Orientation Team and an introduction to the SOAR online Course. You will also meet your Peer Orientation leader at the kick-off zoom event. Check your NVU email for further details on this kick-off event.


Spring Orientation

Spring orientation begins with check-in on the morning of Monday, January 16 . All new students are expected to participate in the days events which will include introductions and information sessions from various departments and social opportunities to help connect you to your peers and campus resources.

Monday, January 16

  • 9-11 a.m.  Residential Check-In/Fireplace Lounge; continental breakfast provided
    • Check in: receive orientation folder, receive temporary student I.D., your residential room access or campus apartment key
    • Move into your room: meet your Residence Life Staff (if living on-campus)
    • Take care of business: Student Administrative Services (Business Office, Financial Aid), Public Safety, Academic Advising, Academic Support
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Commuter Student Check-In
  • 12-2 p.m. Lunch for Students and Families (Note: lunch hours during the semester are 11:30-2:00)
    • Location: Stearns Dining Hall
    • Agenda: Students and families enjoy a complementary lunch in the Stearns Dining Hall with their Peer Leaders as they settle into life at Johnson!
  • 2-3 p.m. Welcome Grab Bag and Orientation Team Meet ‘n Greet
    • Location: Stearns TV Lounge
    • Agenda: Stop by the Stearns TV Lounge and make a special craft for your room!
  • 3-5 p.m. Winter Craft with SLAP: Winter Globes
    • Location: Stearns TV Lounge
    • Agenda: Stop by the Stearns TV Lounge and make a special craft for your room!
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner with the Peer Leaders (Note: Dinner hours are 4:30–7:30 p.m.)
    • Location: Stearns Dining Hall
    • Enjoy dinner with your new friends and Peer Leaders!
  • 7-8 p.m. Floor Meeting
    • Location: Your assigned residence hall
    • Agenda: Students meet with their RAs and learn about residence hall rules and expectations
  • 8:30-10 p.m. Fun at Johnson: Harry Potter Trivia with SLAP and/or Flag Football with SHAPE
    • Harry Potter Trivia with SLAP
      • Location: Stearns TV Lounge
      • Agenda: “Yer a Wizard, Harry!” Stop by the Stearns TV Lounge and try your hand at Harry Potter Trivia. Prizes for wizards and muggles alike!
    • Flag Football with SHAPE
      • Location: SHAPE Multi-Gym
      • Agenda: Enjoy your first experience at SHAPE with a rousing game of flag football on the turf!

Tuesday, January 17: Spring Classes Begin!

Check your NVU email for a list of Welcome Week events!

Office Hours on Monday, January 16

Dewey Hall

  • Academic Support Services: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Advising: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Career Development: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Public Safety: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Student Life/Housing: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Stearns Hall

  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Continuous service: 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Late Night Grill: 8-11 p.m.

Martinetti Hall

  • Student Account Services: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Admissions Office: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Willey Library and Learning Center

  • Technology Services: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Library: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

SHAPE/Fitness: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.



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VSCS Portal: If you have logged into the NVU Portal and set up your account, you will use that username and password to access Canvas (our online learning software), your NVU email, web services, and other areas of the campus. If you need help logging in to your account, please visit the NVU Information Technology website for more instructions.