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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.
  • Student orientation fees are included in the OHIO Guarantee(TM).
    Optional: Parents/family members who choose to attend orientation will be billed for program and meal fees. Student accommodations for orientation are included in the OHIO Guarantee(TM), but parents/family members who choose to stay overnight in a residence hall during the orientation program will be billed. All charges will be billed to the student account.
Important Dates
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