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Preparing for Your Orientation

To have a successful orientation experience, there are several things you need to do to prepare for your program. We recommend reviewing this page and beginning your preparation for orientation as soon as possible, but some information will not be available until a later date, as described below.

Major Change

If you wish to change your major from your initial application to Ohio University, we recommend doing so as soon as possible.  Since our orientation program is designed to connect you with other students in your major and specific information is shared about your major or college, it is important to make any major changes prior to attending orientation. To change your major, please contact Undergraduate Admissions via email at admissions@ohio.edu. You should do this at least one week prior to your scheduled orientation date to make sure we have prepared your orientation materials for your new major. 

Complete Pre-BSO Modules

All students must complete online modules before their virtual BSO experience. Students must log in to the modules using their OHIO ID. Your OHIO ID includes the first letter of your first and last name followed by six digits (example: aa000000). Family members and guests are also able to view the modules by clicking the "Enter as Guest" button. It is very important that students sign in with their OHIO ID or we will not have a record of the modules being completed. 

Launch Pre-BSO Modules

Placement Tests

An important part of preparing for your orientation program is taking placement tests. Placement tests are necessary to make sure you enroll in the appropriate first course in each of these areas and ensure you register for the correct classes for the first semester in your major. Which tests you need to take is determined by your selected major and current Math placement level.

Placement tests must be completed BEFORE your scheduled orientation program and the available tests are as follows:

  • Math
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Language
  • Music Theory 

Placement Testing Information

Prepare Technology 

You will need a computer with an internet connection to participate in the virtual BSO program. All of our sessions on your original orientation date will be facilitated through Microsoft Teams. We recommend downloading the Teams app for Windows or Mac on your computer before the BSO programs as it has the most functionality. On the day of your BSO program, you will need to login to Microsoft Teams with your OHIO ID and password, but you may not be able to login to Teams until the day before your BSO program. You can still download the software and encourage family members or guests joining you for BSO to download the software on their device as well. 

Students with concerns about their ability to access technology for the program can contact BSO staff at orientation@ohio.edu or 740.593.1951 to discuss accommodations or alternate arrangements.

Apply for a Learning Community

All students are encouraged to apply for a learning community by May 17. Students who apply for a learning community will be pre-registered for their seminar and clustered courses before their BSO experience, which helps to simplify the course registration process during BSO. Students who do not pre-apply will still have the opportunity to join a learning community during their BSO program. More information about learning communities can be found at https://www.ohio.edu/uc/learning-communities/join.

Submit Test Scores and Transcripts

Request 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.

If you have college credit from another university (college credit plus, college courses, etc.), please contact that university/college to have your transcripts sent to Ohio University before BSO. Many students think that their high school will send the college information, but this is incorrect. You will need to contact the university/college directly to request the transcripts be sent to Ohio University at the address listed above.

Have additional questions about transfer credit? Check out the Undergraduate Admissions website for transferring your credit.

Upload Picture for OHIO ID

New students can take their own ID picture prior their orientation program. Details about the process can be found at https://www.ohio.edu/oit/accounts/id-cards/upload-your-id-photo. Photo submissions must be approved and accepted, so we recommend starting the process to upload a photo early.

Update Preferred Name and Pronouns

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.

Protect Your Information with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) protects you against lost or stolen passwords by adding a verification step to your OHIO login. Details and the enrollment process can be found at https://www.ohio.edu/oit/services/accounts/multi-factor/enroll. New students are required to enroll in multi-factor authentication (MFA) prior to participating in a BSO program.  This step is important to ensure students can access their My OHIO Student Center during course registration at BSO. Failure to enroll in MFA may result in delays in course registration during your BSO program.

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