Learning Objectives

This 30-minute course will teach you how to prepare for New Student Outreach on your campus so you can be ready to welcome and follow up with the new students that show up on your campus.

  • Understand the significance of NSO on campus and effectively communicate its life-changing impact to others

  • Recognize and apply the four steps involved in NSO (Prepare, Connect, Follow Up, and Debrief), along with their best practices

  • Utilize InterVarsity's top NSO resources to prepare for a successful NSO season strategically 

Play Your Way

Engage with the material in your context!

  • ~30 minutes (self-paced)

    All your progress will be saved so you can resume where you left off.

  • Course Quicksheet (pdf)

    This is a quick summary of the material that you can use as a preview of the course or as a refresher once you’ve taken it.

  • Resource Toolbox

    See a list of the resources referenced in this course, all collected in one spot for your convenience.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1: Preparing for a High-Impact Ministry Season

    • "Do I belong here?"

    • Introduction

    • Before we begin . . .

  • 2

    Chapter 2: Why NSO?

    • Lesson 1: Breaking Down NSO

    • Lesson 2: Jesus’ Witnesses During NSO

  • 3

    Chapter 3: 4 Steps of NSO

    • Lesson 1: Plan

    • Lesson 2: Connect

    • Lesson 3: Follow Up

    • Lesson 4: Debrief

  • 4

    Chapter 4: Putting It All Together

    • Lesson 1: NSO and the Bigger Picture

    • Lesson 2: Your NSO Next Steps

  • 5


    • Closing Remarks

    • Before you go . . .

Resource Toolbox

All resources referenced from this course will be linked below for your convenience to view and download. Please use/adapt these resources to what works for you in your ministry context.


Reaching Out to New Students Quicksheet

(3-page pdf)

Summary of the course in a quick, 3-page format, perfect for a quick review on the go!

Spiritual Practices Handout

(Ministry Library page)

A quick reference to various spiritual practices and how one might engage in them.

NSO Back-To-School Retreat Template 

(Ministry Library page)

A resource to help you lead a retreat to prepare students to welcome new students.



NSO Prayer Meeting Guide 

(Ministry Library page)

This resource will help you lead a group to prepare your hearts and ask Jesus to fill you with love for welcoming students during new student outreach (NSO).

How to Host an Interest Table

(Ministry Library page)

Tabling is a great way to connect with new students in a casual yet personal way. We will help you learn how to make your tabling experience great! 

Leading Life-Changing Debriefs of Your New Student Outreach

(Ministry Library page)

Debriefing your ministry activity, especially in a busy season like New Student Outreach, is critical. Turbo-charge your debriefs with these question ideas and pro-tips.

Following Jesus using the Discipleship Cycle

(Ministry Library page)

Following Jesus is not passive but an intentional, step-after-step process. Use this resource to help you and your ministry go deeper on the discipleship journey.

10 Ways to Make Your Ministry Fun

(Ministry Library page)

When your ministry has fun, new people (Christians, skeptics, and seekers) feel connected and welcome. Here are 10 Tips and Tricks from across the country to level up your fun.  

Best Practices for Follow Up

(Ministry Library page)

A practical guide to the four components of excellent follow-up: 1) Jesus-centered hospitality; 2) Face-to-Face connection; 3) Two more times of connection; 4) Web a community.


Refresh Proxe

(Ministry Library page)

This is the home page for refresh

New Student Outreach Plan Calibrator

(Ministry Library page)

Use this calibrator to plan for New Student Outreach!