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Incoming Bobcats making first college memories at BSO [PHOTO ESSAY]

This year's Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO) is heading into its third and final week, and the memories being made by the nearly 10,000 new students and their guests attending the event will surely last a lifetime.

BSO kicked off on July 11 and ends Aug. 3. More than 4,000 students were expected to attend the orientation sessions in their first official visit to campus as OHIO Bobcats. Among those students are nearly 3,700 first-year students and more than 300 transfer students. In addition, more than 5,600 parents or guests of incoming OHIO Bobcats registered for BSO.

The goal of BSO is to allow new OHIO students and their guests to meet with faculty, staff and students and to prepare for fall semester through academic integration and socialization. 

"Our new Bobcats seem prepared and excited to join the OHIO community," said Jenny Klein, assistant dean of student persistence and success who oversees OHIO's orientation program. "We are certainly ready for them and hope they all have an excellent orientation experience that prepares them for a very successful fall semester."

"It has been wonderful to meet our students, parents and families during Bobcat Student Orientation," said Jenny Hall-Jones, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students. "The energy and excitement that BSO brings to the rest of campus is contagious, and I'm looking forward to the fall!"

New friends, new classes and new beginnings – that's what BSO is all about. Check out some of these memorable moments from this year's BSO, and welcome to Ohio University all you new Bobcats!


Incoming first-year Ohio University students add their names to a Class of 2017 banner at the Ping Center during Bobcat Student Orientation. These students will officially start their college careers on Aug. 26 – the first day of fall semester at OHIO.


An orientation leader for Ohio University's College of Arts and Sciences escorts a group of first-year students to advising sessions during Bobcat Student Orientation. During orientation, students take placement tests, meet with an academic adviser, learn about the University's curriculum and register for fall semester classes.


Incoming first-year students have their photos taken with Rufus while checking-in at Bobcat Student Orientation. Rufus is Ohio University's official mascot as well as a symbol of the Bobcat community.


Incoming Ohio University students get to know one another during an ice-breaker game played at the Ping Center during Bobcat Student Orientation.


After a morning full of information and exploration on the Athens Campus, incoming Bobcats and their guests are excited to sample the food at the newly renovated Nelson Dining Hall. During Bobcat Student Orientation, on-campus meals are being provided in Nelson Dining Hall on the South Green, and those students and their guest who want to stay overnight in a residence hall are housed in James and Sargent Halls on the West Green.


Ohio University students provide incoming first-year students and their guests information on campus activities and clubs during Bobcat Student Orientation. The informational booth seen here features the Marching 110 – "The Most Exciting Band in the Land."


A member of the Ohio University Out-of-State Ambassadors (OSA) staffs a booth dedicated to incoming out-of-state students at Bobcat Student Orientation. The booth includes a map of the United States and shows how many OHIO students are from each individual state. The OSA is an official OHIO student organization that serves as a resource for all current and prospective out-of-state students.


Incoming Bobcats and their guests gather information about how to get involved in campus activities while browsing the BSO booths located in the lobby of Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. This year's Campus Involvement Fair is scheduled for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 on the College Green.


Incoming first-year students and their guests attend a welcome session at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium during Bobcat Student Orientation. The session is designed to provide students a sense of where they fit into the history and mission of Ohio University.


Incoming students take a break from orientation sessions to enjoy lunch in the newly renovated Nelson Dining Hall on South Green.