New to the NEST

New to the NEST Orientation Fall 2023 | Available May 1 – September 8

An online course designed to provide you with important information on academic life, policies, support services, how to get involved, campus community expectations, and more!

  • Log on to Canvas: Go to and search for the Canvas link to access. Join our Orientation community and complete!
  • You are required to complete this Canvas course by Monday, July 31.
  • The completion of this course is mandatory for all new students*
    • *Students who are matriculated in a fully online undergraduate program are exempt from this requirement.

What’s New to the NEST and Do I Have to Complete It?

New to the Nest is our summer 2023 Canvas course. It will open in May and must be completed by Friday, July 28.

Learn all there is to know about becoming a new Red Hawk! This Orientation Canvas course will introduce you to helpful offices like the Dean of Students and Red Hawk Central.

Log on to Canvas. The course is labeled: “New to the Nest Orientation Fall 2023.”

What Should I Do if I Open Canvas in My NEST Account, and “New to the NEST” Is Not Listed as an Available Course to Take?

If you have recently claimed your NetID, it may take up to 24-48 hours before you are automatically enrolled into the course. Log into your NEST Account and open Canvas after this waiting period.

If you have already claimed your NetID over 48 hours prior to logging into Canvas, please contact the Orientation Programs office to be added into the course.

Contact the Orientation Programs at or call 973-655-4162.