New Student Orientation FAQ


Navy Recuiting Officer:

LT Michael Cox
(850) 561-2053






The following questions are aimed at answering general questions asked by the public. If you have a more specific question please contact Unit between the hours of 0800-1600 M-F.

What is New Student Orientation (NSO)?

New Student Orientation (NSO). NSO is designed to introduce you to military customs, familiarize you with the basics of the Midshipman Battalion organization, and provide you with essential tools that will enhance your success in the NROTC Program and in college. The entire orientation program has been developed by the Navy/Marine Corps Staff. New Student Orientation (NSO) is not mandatory for incoming freshmen but it is highly encouraged. You are also encouraged to bring your parents and friends for the first morning’s Welcome aboard brief and final days Swearing-In Ceremony.

Where will I stay during NSO?
  • Students will provide their own housing, either in FAMU or FSU dorms or in off-campus apartments.
  • The first day of NSO, students will move into their dorms or apartments.
Where can my parents stay/Where can we stay if we come in to town a night early?
  • Tallahassee is full of hotels for early arrivals and late departures. FAMU NROTC does not officially endorse any specific hotel.
Where will I live while attending college?
  • It is your responsibility to make arrangements for housing while attending school. The Unit staff will coordinate with FAMU and FSU for early move-in.Midshipmen must arrange for their school year living quarters (dormitory or apartment) before arriving for NROTC NSO. The NROTC Program does not provide or find permanent living quarters for midshipmen. Students planning to attend FAMU must consider that university policy requires that all “First-Time in College Freshman” live on campus. Students whose parents/family lives within a radius of 35 miles of the campus are exempt from this policy.
What Naval Science Classes do I sign up for during registration?
  • NSC 1101 Naval Science Lab: Thursday 1530 - 1730 (3:30 PM - 5:30 PM) Perry Paige, Bldg 561, Auditorium, Instructor: Marine Officer Instructor
  • NSC 1110 Introduction to Naval Organization: Tuesday & Thursday, 0800-0915, Perry Paige, Bldg 561, room 300, Instructor: LT Ryan Corridan
What do I bring to NSO?

Paper work

  • Photocopy Birth certificate
  • Photocopy of Passport (if you have one)
  • Shot Record
  • Required gear (provided with welcome letter)
For continous updates concerning NSO like this facebook page.