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July 10, 2019 : New Student Orientation Welcomes Incoming Students

by Sarah Shy


orientationOrientation is one of the last steps for new students to complete before starting their first semester at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington. It is an important event that introduces students to valuable information they will need to be successful in their academics.


The latest orientation of the summer hosted seventy-five students Each of these students went through the enrollment process and will be moving forward into the upcoming semester.


Students choose to attend Ohio University Lancaster for a variety of reasons but they share many similarities. Most students said they were excited to get started and many came to Ohio University Lancaster because it was affordable and close to home.


Bailey, a Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice major, had this to say about Ohio University Lancaster. “I really don’t like large campuses and my high school was really small. Personally, I like smaller schools and I think they are better for learning.”


Communication major Anthony said that he originally spent over a year at a university in northern Ohio but left because his major was too selective and he was over three hours away from home. He chose to transfer to Ohio University Lancaster because it was closer to home, and a friend  who attends told Poliseno his classes were fun and tuition was affordable.


Zach said he was inspired by his high-school History teacher and decided to major in History Education. Although he hoped to attend another university, the tuition was out of his budget, “I wanted to go to another university but I chose to start here to get my first year of classes out of the way.” Dwyer said.


The orientation opened with an introduction from the Campus Dean, James M. Smith and presentations by Student Services staff.


Enrollment Manager Joshua Moore discussed financial aid, applying for grants, scholarships, and more. He spoke about the types of loans and scholarships available and what that means for students.


Academic Advisor Kim Jeffers provided an introduction on how to use the university website to choose desired courses, as well as how to add and enroll classes. She spoke about responsibility, talking with professors, how to utilize the tools and resources the university provides, and how to get the most out of the college experience.


One of the subjects discussed was the emotional and mental support given to students by counselors and advisors at the university. Some students may feel overwhelmed with work, academics, or their home life, but there is plenty of assistance offered to them. Student services personnel wanted to be sure those attending were aware of the support that is given to them if needed.


All students and guests seemed very engaged and enthusiastic to be there. Overall, orientation ended up being a fun experience and brought in many new students eager to begin the semester on August 26th.


“We still have some openings for the fall semester. If anyone is interested in taking the steps towards earning their degree, there’s still time to get started now” Said Joshua Moore.


Nearly 2,500 students enroll each semester for the resources of an OHIO University campus and the convenience of two locations in Fairfield County – Lancaster and the Pickerington Center (near Hill Road). For additional information, visit