F.A.Q.

When is NSO 2014 and what will I be doing throughout the weekend?

NSO 2013 will take place August 21st – 24th. Thursday, August 21st is move-in day for new students living in the residence halls, and the following days are filled with NSO sessions and social events for all new students and their families. For a more detailed description of NSO events, please refer to the Schedule section of this website.

How do I register for NSO 2014?

Registration for NSO can be completed online. Click on the Registration section of this website and follow the directions to complete the registration process. Please remember to indicate how many family members will be attending NSO with you and purchase additional meals if needed.

Who should I contact if I have questions about NSO 2014?

If you have questions about NSO 2014, you may contact the NSO staff at 314-246-7666 or by email at welcome@webster.edu.

Is NSO required?

For all first time freshman, yes, NSO is required.  Transfer students are welcome to attend any part of NSO 2014, and they will also receive a transfer student session outline in the complete NSO packet sent in July.  New Student Orientation is full of important information about how to be a successful Webster student. It has also been shown that students who participate in New Student Orientation have higher retention rates, because they are more connected to the university and have a better understanding of what Webster can offer them in terms of programs and services.

Do international students need to attend both International Student Orientation and New Student Orientation?

Yes. International students are expected to attend both New Student Orientation and International Student Orientation. To register for International Student Orientation, please fill out the Online Request Form.

How much does NSO cost?

NSO is completely free for new students. Additional meals need to be purchased for family members coming to NSO with their student. Prices for meals are listed on the Registration page.

What is Webster 2018 and why should I join?

Webster 2018 (http://2017.webster.edu) is Webster’s own social networking site for its incoming freshman class. Joining is a great way to connect with other students and to get to know the people with whom you will be sharing your Webster experience.

Are there NSO events specifically for parents, transfer students, commuter students, etc.?

Yes. Throughout NSO there will be parent sessions that take place concurrently with student sessions. There will also be parallel sessions for residents and commuters, and freshman and transfer students, which address topics specific to each group. Refer to the Schedule page for more specific information about these sessions.

Can (person’s name) be in my NSO group?

Unfortunately, we cannot fulfill requests to place students together in NSO groups. However, there will be time to socialize outside of your small groups, and NSO is a great chance to meet other Webster students and make new friends.

How does the move-in process work?

On Thursday, August 21st new students moving into the residence halls will be scheduled to arrive in blocks throughout the day. When you arrive, Orientation Leaders and volunteers from the Webster University community will help you unload and move your belongings into the residence hall. We have a practiced system to facilitate a smooth move-in, but please have your items labeled with your name, building, and room number to help ease this process. The Department of Housing and Residential Life will be sending you more detailed information, including your scheduled time to arrive, in July.

How do I find my classes?

Classroom tours will be offered during NSO, and all new students will receive campus maps in their NSO packets and Student Handbooks. Orientation Leaders and Connection Leaders will also be available to direct students to the correct locations.

When do I find out who my roommate is?

The Department of Housing and Residential Life will mail packets to new students in July containing information about your housing assignment and your roommate’s name and contact information. For more information, visit the Housing and Residential Life website or contact them at 314-246-4663 or by email at housing@webster.edu.

When and where do I buy my parking permit, and how much does it cost?

Parking permits can be purchased from the Office of Public Safety, located in Garden Park Plaza. Permits may be purchased throughout the summer, during NSO, or at the beginning of the semester. Prices and further information about parking on campus can be found in the parking regulations section of the Public Safety website.

When and where do I buy my books?

Textbooks can be purchased in the Webster University Bookstore, located in the Garden Park Plaza. You may buy your books throughout the summer or during NSO. To find out what books you need, visit the Bookstore website.

How do meal plans work, and are they mandatory?

Students may choose from four different meal plans, depending on their preferences. Meal plans are mandatory for students living in West Hall, East Hall, and Maria Hall, yet any student may choose to purchase one. For descriptions and prices, visit the meal plan information page on the Dining Services website.

When and how can I join student organizations?

Student organizations will be present on campus throughout NSO, but students looking to join organizations should attend the Involvement Fair in September to sign up for clubs in which they are interested. You can also explore information about and sign up for student groups on involved@webster.

How can I get a job on campus?

Students wishing to work on campus should sign up for My Career Connection to see a list of available positions. Further questions about student employment, internships, or how to find a job should be directed to Career Services at 314-968-6982 or careercn@webster.edu.

What are Webster’s safety and security policies, and who do I contact if I have questions about them?

Information about campus safety, security procedures, and available services can be found on the Public Safety website. All policies are also listed in the Student Handbook given to new students during NSO. If you have questions, please contact Public Safety at 314-968-7430.

How do I contact (faculty/staff/department)?

To find contact information for Webster faculty and staff, click on the “Contact Us” tab in the top right corner of the Webster website, and enter the name of the person you wish to contact in the search box under “E-mail & Phone Directory.” To find contact information for an office or department, use the directory found on the Offices & Departments Directory.

Where can I buy things for my room, and what are the nearest grocery stores, malls, etc?
Below is a list of stores near campus with their contact information and distance from Webster University.

Grocery Stores:

Schnucks Grocery (open 24 hours)
(1.1 miles)
8650 Big Bend Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63119
314-961-0555

Shop’n Save Grocery
(2.1 miles)
7057 Chippewa
St. Louis, MO 63119
314-644-7010

Whole Foods
(3.6 miles)
1601 S. Brentwood Blvd
St Louis, Missouri 63144
314-968-7744

Malls:

St. Louis Galleria
(3.8 miles)
2476 Saint Louis Galleria
St. Louis, MO 63117
314-863-5500

West County Mall
(9.9 miles)
159 W County Ctr
Saint Louis, MO 63131
(314) 984-8101

Other Stores:

Target
(3.5 miles)
25 Brentwood Promenade Court
Brentwood, MO 63144
(314) 918-9500

Walmart
(3.1 miles)
1900 Maplewood Commons Drive
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 781-2165

Home Depot
(3.1 miles)
1603 South Hanley Road
Brentwood, MO 63144
(314) 647-6050

Bed Bath & Beyond
(3.5 miles)
53 Brentwood Promenade Court
Brentwood, MO 63144
(314) 961-4900

Best Buy
(3.7 miles)
8300 Eager Road
Saint Louis, MO 63144
(314) 646-1331

Walgreen’s
(2.5 miles)
8571 Watson Road
Webster Groves, MO 63119
(314) 962-5545