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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 day-and-a-half 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 one-and-a-half 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

Activate OHIO ID  

Upon Applying to OHIO

Submit the housing contract  

Beginning January 6

Choose a dining plan  

Beginning January 6

Pay $200 housing deposit  

Beginning January 6

Submit the housing exemption form (if applicable)  

Beginning January 6

Orientation invitations mailed to students  

March

Determine math placement level. Take placement test to improve level, if needed.  

March 1 - June 4

Register to attend Bobcat Student Orientation  

April 1 (beginning at 9 a.m.)

Contact Student Accessibility Services if you need accommodations for a disability  

Mid May

Review the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015  

Mid May

Attend Bobcat Student Orientation  

June 4 - 26

Registration for remaining spaces in LCs available during orientation  

June 4 - 26

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