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Register for Bobcat Student Orientation

Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO), required for all new Ohio University students, enables you and your parents to meet with faculty, staff, and orientation leaders to prepare for fall semester. You will learn about the curriculum and your major requirements, register for fall semester classes, obtain your student ID card, and tour the campus with a student orientation leader.

You will learn how to take advantage of the resources and opportunities available to you as you transition into the OHIO community. Placement tests are also offered for students who may need to take chemistry or a modern language.

BSO is for students and parents. Admitted first-year students attend a two-day program during June, and parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend. With separate tracks for students and parents, the entire family can become informed about academic programs, policies, facilities, and services.

Registering for BSO. In March, invitations to register online for a summer BSO session will be mailed and e-mailed only to those students who have confirmed their intent to enroll by submitting a housing contract and deposit or commuter exemption application. You will select your preferred dates of attendance online; note that dates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Appropriate courses are available for all majors for every session of BSO, and course offerings are adjusted throughout the program to meet the needs of students. This allows all students to make an appropriate schedule for their academic goals regardless of when they attend BSO.

Facts about Orientation and Welcome Week
  • Orientation is a requirement of all first-year undergraduate students and is a two-day program.
  • The Orientation reservation site is accessible through your My OHIO portal. Reservations for Orientation cannot be accepted by phone. In your My OHIO portal, click on the "My Applications" tab and look for the Bobcat Student Orientation box. From there, access the online reservation system for BSO. Choose the date you would prefer for your first day of BSO and enter any parent or guest information. Print a copy of the confirmation letter and bring it with you to BSO. 
  • On-campus overnight accommodations will be available. Residence hall rooms are air-conditioned, and linens are provided.
  • Orientation fees are not included in tuition and will be added to your fall semester student financial account.
Important Dates

2015-2016 FAFSA is available  

January 1

Orientation invitations mailed to students  

March

Register to attend Bobcat Student Orientation  

Beginning April 6

Review the 2015-2016 academic calendar  

May

Contact Student Accessibility Services if you need accommodations for a disability  

May

Determine math placement level (Take placement test to improve level, if needed)  

May 1- June 1

Enable your OHIO online services  

Mid May

Review the Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016  

Late May

Review the Student Code of Conduct prior to attending orientation  

Late May

Attend Bobcat Student Orientation  

June

Attend learning community information session at orientation  

June

Registration for remaining spaces in learning communities available during orientation  

June

Request final transcript(s) be sent  

June 26

Enrollment for monthly payment plan available  

July 6

Purchase Bobcat Cash for use at on-campus laundry venues, coffee shops and bookstore  

Mid July

Alcohol and sexual assault education available online  

July 15

View online arrival guide for students  

August

Move-in during times scheduled according to last name  

August 20-21

Fall semester account balance due  

August 21

Complete Health History Form  

August 24

Start fall semester classes  

August 24

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