Ohio University

Pre-Orientation

After completing your next steps, if you haven’t done that yet, please visit this page first! The items below will help you learn more about your major or major(s) you might want to explore, ensure you have completed the items on your to-do list in your My.OHIO Student Center and help you connect to resources for questions you may have.

  • Download and print the Pre-Orientation Advising Worksheet
  • Request final high school transcript any AP/IB/PSEO/Dual Enrollment test scores or official university transcripts be sent to Undergraduate Admissions, Chubb Hall 120, 1 Ohio University, Athens OH 45701.
  • Go to www.catalogs.ohio.edu, and search for your major or majors you are exploring. Type a major in the search box or look for it in the list of colleges located along the left side of the page. Read about an overview of our program, any specific admissions information, and explore classes you will take.
  • Explore your interests. The O*NET Interest Profiler can help you find out what your interest are and how they relate to major or career opportunities. Visit www.mynextmove.org.
    • Select the “Tell us what you like to do” link and complete the following questions as directed. After completing the questions, you will be given a customized interest profiler.
    • Record these results and bring them with you to Orientation!
  • Enter or update your preferred name and pronouns. Students can update their preferred name and/or pronouns in My OHIO Student Center. After logging in, click on the "Names" link in the Personal Information section to review and update, or to enter your preferred name and pronouns. The preferred name you enter will be displayed in most university systems and services, such as your ID card, Catmail, the online directory, Blackboard, grading rosters, etc. Visit the preferred names FAQ page for more information.
  • Do not forget your technology or to borrow from someone! Having a laptop or tablet greatly helps our Orientation Leaders and Advisors help you! The process will go much more smoothly if you have technology accessible to you.
  • Make sure you’re in proper attire for the Orientation experience. Bring an umbrella and wear comfy shoes! It is a long (but fun!) day and we want you to be prepared for it.

If you have done all this, sit back and relax. Orientation is one of the best experiences to kick off your college career. It is the beginning of the best four years of your life! Get excited to meet new people and develop professionally in a major that interests you. After Orientation, some helpful reminders and other smart things to do before you come back to Ohio University can be found at www.ohio.edu/arrival-guide and www.ohio.edu/welcome-week.