University Orientation

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Freshmen entering autumn semester

We know that college is an exciting and challenging time for students and their families, so we've prepared an orientation program focused on helping you make a smooth transition to your life as a Buckeye. Because we want our students to be successful, we require all new students to attend a University Orientation program.

At Ohio State, we also recognize the important role that family members play in the success of our students. Therefore, we invite and encourage your parents or other adult family members to attend orientation with you.

You'll have the following opportunities at orientation:

  • Learn what is expected of you as an Ohio State student both in and out of the classroom
  • Attend a group advising session to learn about your academic area of study
  • Schedule classes for autumn semester
  • Meet other students who will be entering Ohio State in the fall
  • Become more familiar with campus
  • Complete university business, such as getting your BuckID card
  • Complete any necessary placement tests

Orientation is important to your success as an Ohio State student, so we expect you to participate in all orientation activities, including the evening sessions and activities on Day One. Students who miss sessions may be required to return for another orientation session.

While your family members have more flexibility to leave the program as needed, we strongly encourage them to attend all daytime sessions. In the evening, your family members can have dinner with you on campus and stay for optional evening tours, or they can enjoy dinner and the evening in Columbus, while you have dinner on campus with Orientation Leaders and attend the evening activities.

By the conclusion of the orientation program, you will receive your schedule of classes for autumn semester.

Student Orientation Leaders make your University Orientation programs possible and can't wait to welcome you to your new Buckeye family.

This site provides orientation information for domestic students attending the Columbus campus. International students should contact the Office for International Affairs at iss@oia.osu.edu. Regional campus students should contact their regional campus for orientation information.


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