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New Student Orientation

We're so glad that you have chosen to attend the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine, and look forward to meeting you at New Student Orientation (NSO)! We are excited to offer an enhanced NSO experience for incoming medical students that incorporates both online and in-person experiences designed to introduce you to everything you need to know to be successful. NSO is designed to help you make a smooth transition to the College of Medicine at UTHSC. NSO will include informative presentations from students, administrators and faculty members, student panels, and small group discussions. You will get an opportunity to meet other incoming medical students and to interact with our Admissions Ambassadors who, as current students, can share information about the curriculum and student involvement based on their experiences. 

New Student Orientation (NSO) week is scheduled for Monday, August 9 – Friday, August 13, 2021, and attendance is required.

We are following current CDC and local guidelines for New Student Orientation this year, and will ensure that all of our incoming students are able to remain safe.

A complete list of the class will be available after June 19 (you will need your UT NetiD and password to access the list).

NOTE: Students should not make travel arrangements or other appointments that may conflict with NSO week.

Classes are scheduled to begin Monday, August 16, 2021. You are asked to do the following:

Things to confirm

Things to do online before NSO week

  • Complete FAFSA.
  • In order to finalize your acceptance, the institution requires that ALL students be fully admitted to the University. The UT Health Science Center Office of Admissions (Office of Enrollment Management) will contact you regarding your NetiD and default password which may take 2-3 weeks from the time you have received your acceptance packet. Once you receive your NetiD and default password you can log-in to Banner Self-Service to begin the acceptance process. By completing the acceptance process, this will enable you to be awarded financial aid and register for classes prior to matriculation, i.e., batch registration. The College of Medicine Admissions office will e-mail you with this information after June 15. [Netid and password will be required] You will be asked to authorize a $75.00 charge to your credit card. The $75.00 processing fee is non-refundable.
  • View the Bursar's/Cashier's link to include: [1] Student Loans; [2] Payment of Fees and First Year Expenses.
  • Read about and then complete the required Information Security Training.
  • Complete Student Parking Permit.
  • Read about and then complete a Criminal Background Check.
    You will be asked to authorize a $50.00 charge to your credit card. Once completed, you will receive a full copy of the CBC report, via e-mail from Verified Credentials within a few days. If you have already completed a CBC for other medical schools, through AMCAS, the report has not been released to this medical school, as we are not a participant in the AAMC facilitated background check service. The College of Medicine's deadline to submit your CBC is July 30.
  • Read about and then complete the required Student Authorization.
  • Complete the on-line AAMC Matriculating Student Questionnaire. The deadline to complete the questionnaire is July 30.

Things to read before NSO week

Things to submit before NSO week

Things to bring with you to NSO week

  • Bring your checkbook to pay for student parking, unless you included this fee on your fee sheet.
  • Bring copies of your immunization records just in case your copy is not on file.

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Last Published: Aug 23, 2021