The orientation program at Nebraska Methodist College helps students adjust to college life and helps them know what to expect when they begin classes.

Orientation attendees will:

  • Meet future classmates, faculty and staff
  • Explore student activities and services
  • Introduce family and guests to NMC
  • Get to know the Josie Harper Campus
  • Get their questions answered
  • Meet the NMC Ambassadors

NMC wants to give you every opportunity for success. Orientation is the place to begin!

2014 New Student Orientation Dates

  • December 16, 2013 - ACE students
  • January 17, 2014

    New Student Orientation

    Beginning at a new college, whether from high school or another institution, is significant. You will have many questions about Nebraska Methodist College.  New Student Orientation is designed to answer your questions and help you build a solid foundation before beginning classes. You also have the opportunity to develop relationships with future classmates and seasoned NMC students (Ambassadors) who will help ease your transition into the NMC culture.


    • January 17, 2014
    • 8:00am - 4:00pm
    • Check-in begins at 7:30am
    • As part of Nebraska Methodist College's ongoing efforts to serve others within the Omaha community, we will be taking donations at New Student Orientation this year for the Omaha Food Bank.  If you would like to donate, please bring one or two non-perishable food items with you to orientation.


    Family/Guest Orientation


    • January 17, 2014
    • 11:45am - 4:00pm
    • Check-in begins at 11:15am

    During this portion of orientation family members and guests will learn "must know" information about their student's expected college experience. Programming is separate from your student's orientation, but you will share lunch together.  If interested in attending Family/Guest Orientation, please register below.


    Common Text

    NMC Common Text 2013-14 | Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress2013 - 2014 Common Text Selection

    All certificate and undergraduate students will participate in a discussion with faculty and staff about the common text at orientation. Undergraduate students will continue the discussion in courses. You can buy a copy at the College bookstore or borrow a copy of the book from your public library.

    Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie

    About the Book:

    This deceptively small novel has the power to bring down governments. In Mao's China, the Cultural Revolution rages, and two friends caught in the flames find themselves shuttled off to the remote countryside for reeducation. The stolid narrator occasionally comforts himself by playing the violin, and both he and more outgoing friend Luo find that they have a talent for entertaining others with their re-creations of films they have seen.

    A little light comes their way when they meet the stunning daughter of the tailor in the town nearby, with whom Luo launches an affair. But the real coup is discovering a cache of forbidden Western literature including, of course, Balzac that forces open their world like a thousand flowers blooming. The literature proves their undoing, however, finally losing them the one thing that has sustained them.

    Dai Sijie, who was himself reeducated in early 1970s China before fleeing to France, wonderfully communicates the awesome power of literature of which his novel is proof. Highly recommended.

    — Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal" ©2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.


    Copies of this book are in the NMC Bookstore for purchase, and there are currently copies in the library to be checked out.