First-Year Student Orientation


Preparing for Bobcat Student Orientation

This page will help you decide if you are eligible to register for orientation, how to register for orientation, and what you can expect to learn at orientation. Additional information about parking and overnight accommodations is described below. Please visit our FAQ page for additional questions or concerns and please call us at 740.593.1951 if you cannot find the information you need.

Fall Orientation Registration Schedule

Please review the Orientation information and registration schedule for first-year students and contact us with any questions. The event schedule is included in the brochure on this page.

BSO summer letter 2014-15


A brochure will be mailed to students after they register for Orientation and will include a copy of the confirmation letter and a parking permit. Additionally, the brochure is included below, and the event schedule can be viewed on pages 8-9.
First-Year Orientation Brochure 2014


The fee breakdown located below explains how participants in our day-and-a-half program are charged based upon factors such as number of guests and whether the student stays on or off campus during orientation. Orientation charges are billed to the student's account and are paid in the same manner as tuition, housing, etc.



Orientation Registration

Who Can Attend Orientation?

First-year undergraduate students who have been admitted to the Athens campus and who have paid their housing deposits, will be eligible to register for orientation. Students eligible to attend orientation must register to attend through their my.ohio portal ( Students must register to attend orientation, as each session has limited availability. This ensures individual advising access to all students.

How to Register for Orientation

Registration is online, as we are unable to make reservations by phone.  Here are the steps to register:

  • Go to your My OHIO account.
  • Click on the tab labeled “My Applications” and look for the box called Bobcat Student Orientation. 
  • From there, access the online reservation system for Bobcat Student Orientation.
  • Choose the date that you would like to attend Orientation.
  • Enter your parent/guest information.
  • Print a copy of the confirmation letter and bring it with you to Orientation.


Shortly after you complete your reservation more specific information will be sent to you including a confirmation letter and a detailed Orientation brochure.  Please be sure to share this information with family who will be attending orientation with you.

During the registration process to attend orientation, students can select to stay in a residence hall on-campus, during their overnight stay.

Students Who Cannot Attend the Dates Available in the Registration System

Students who cannot attend the scheduled orientation, should call the Orientation Programs Office at 750.593.1951.

At Orientation

At orientation, students will learn about academic requirements for their programs, life at Ohio University, as well as meet other new students. Orientation begins at 7:30am and ends around Noon on the second day.

While at orientation, students may park on-campus. Please remember your parking permit when you come to campus! For more information about parking, visit our Parking page.

Students and parents/guests are welcome to stay overnight in the residence halls. If you arrive the day of your orientation session, residence hall check-in begins at 9:00am and remains open until midnight. Students arriving the evening before their orientation sessions may check-in between 6:00pm and midnight. Students and parents/guests must check-out of the residence halls the morning of the second day of orientation, prior to breakfast.