About Student Orientation

Welcome to NOBTS! Below you will find information about New Student Orientation:

During Orientation, you will be introduced to NOBTS offices and processes that will help you during your time as a student. You will be escorted by an Orientation “Shepherd” who will be your tour guide for the Orientation Process.  The Shepherds are graduate and undergraduate students from the specific degree programs offered by the Seminary.  Your shepherd will be a great contact for assistance with various questions as you continue your Seminary experience.

During Orientation, you will be acquainted with NOBTS academic and student conduct policies.  You will also accomplish the following:

  • Obtain your student ID card;
  • Register for your vehicle decal;
  • Pose for your Public Relations photo;
  • Become familiar with the Information and Technology Office (ITC) as its representatives orient you to the SelfServe and Blackboard websites to ensure that you are ready to use them on the first day of classes;
  • Receive instructions for the Cooperative Program course;
  • Tour the John T. Christian Library;
  • Visit the LifeWay book store;
  • Register for your first semester classes.

New Student Orientation is an opportunity to meet and discuss any questions you might have with students and faculty from your specific degree program.  You will be able to ask your shepherd and faculty in attendance questions about the degree, what classes you should take, and anything else you might think to ask.

Free lunch is provided on Thursday, during which you will hear from several campus organizations. (Sometimes you are treated to Miss Alice’s Red Beans and Rice; it is a staple of the NOBTS diet on most Thursdays!) 

For Leavell College students, much of the first afternoon will involve the testing required of all new undergraduate students.  The activities listed above will be covered during the Friday of Orientation for undergraduate students. 

Thursday of Orientation will end with the Campus Life Fair in the Hardin Student Center.  Local businesses, campus organizations and offices, local churches, and various ministries will be set up informational tables for you to come by and find out about these organizations. The lagniappe (local word meaning “a little something extra”) of this event is that many of these groups will bring tasty treats in efforts to lure you to their tables. Come hungry!

On the Friday of Orientation, all new students will register for their first semester of classes.  Shepherds as well as employees from the Registrar’s Office will be available for advising on classes and course load. 

We look forward to seeing you at Orientation!  You will need to make a reservation for Orientation by sending an email with your name, student ID number (this is on your acceptance letter), and your degree program to the Student Life Office, studentlife@nobts.edu.   Also, email any other questions you have about orientation to the Student Life email address.  


The mission of New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary is to equip leaders to fulfill the Great
Commission and the Great Commandments through
the local church and its ministries.


Biblical Studies
Christian Education
Church and Community Ministries
Church Music Ministries
Pastoral Ministries
Theological and Historical Studies
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