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BSO under way on the Athens Campus [PHOTO ESSAY]

This year's Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO) is bringing nearly 10,000 new students and their guests to the Athens Campus. The event kicked off on July 11 and continues through Aug. 3.

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

For more information on Bobcat Student Orientation, visit www.ohio.edu/orientation/.


One of the goals of Bobcat Student Orientation is that every incoming student leaves the event with at least one new friend.


Incoming first-year students get some words of wisdom from academic advisers at BSO. During orientation, students take placement tests, meet with an academic adviser, learn about the University's curriculum and register for fall semester classes.


A first-year student shows off some of her dance moves during a BSO event.


Posing for a photo with Rufus, Ohio University's mascot, is a rite of passage for many incoming OHIO students.


Campus tours are a great way for first-year students to get to know their new home away from home. During BSO, students and their guests also have the opportunity to stay overnight in a residence hall and eat in an Ohio University dining hall.


New OHIO students get to know each other during Bobcat Student Orientation.


Baker University Center serves as the central location for information at BSO regarding campus services and organizations. BSO is incoming students' first opportunity to explore their campus involvement options.


BSO takes incoming students into the University's classrooms.


More than 4,000 students are expected to attend this year's BSO, including nearly 3,700 first-year students and more than 300 transfer students.


First-year student participate in a BSO event at Baker University Center. All BSO activities are designed to help students and their parents learn about Ohio University's outstanding academic programs, policies, people, facilities and services.