As a new Bobcat, your next step is to register for a Bobcat Student Orientation program. The registration process includes: date selection, and parent and family registration. While participating in this program, you will learn about your academic opportunities, how to become an involved Bobcat, and register for classes.
Student orientation fees, including the student's meals and overnight stay in a residence hall during BSO, are included in The OHIO Guarantee™. Optional: Families and guests who choose to attend orientation will be billed for program and meal fees.
Undergraduate Orientation Programs has updated our orientation policies for specific populations. Please see below for the policies and how they will affect the students in your college.
- First-Year Students are eligible to register for their specific orientation session after they have successfully completed their housing contract and paid their deposit or completed an exemption waiver.
- Transfer Students are eligible to register for their orientation session once they have officially been admitted to Ohio University. In June and August (for Fall Semester Entry), transfer student-specific sessions are offered. Transfer students must attend one of these sessions. In January and May (for Spring or Summer Semester Entry), transfer students share orientation sessions with their first-year peers.
- Contact the Undergraduate Orientation Programs office for more information or assistance. When possible, please call the office instead of sending an email. We can assist you better with a phone call.
After You're Registered
Ohio University is committed to ensuring your successful transition. You will learn about our curriculum, register for classes, meet fellow students in your college, and get in touch with your inner Bobcat. Our goal is for every student to leave Orientation with a complete and appropriate schedule and a new friend.
To ensure an enjoyable Orientation experience, we encourage you to:
Join a Learning Community
Learning Communities (LCs) help new students get connected and support them during their transitions from home and high school to Athens and Ohio University. Applications are accepted February 1 through May 1. Visit the Learning Communities website for more information about the program and to join an LC.
Download the BSO App
Download the OHIO BSO App (search your app store for OHIO Orientation) to view the orientation schedule, meet our staff, view campus maps, and learn more about campus.
Learn more about placement tests
Visit our placement information webpage — see Placement Tests in website navigation — in to determine what placement tests you need to take in order to register for an appropriate fall schedule. If you need to take the math placement test, please do so before Orientation.
Check out our Pre-Orientation to do items to plan your visit.
Orientation Policies for Specific Populations
Undergraduate Orientation Programs (UOP) has updated our orientation policies for specific populations. Please see below for the policies and how they will affect the students in your college. Thank you for your support in assisting these students. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any additional questions.
Nontraditional or Adult Students
Nontraditional or Adult students registered to attend any orientation program may contact their academic colleges to schedule appointments to register for their upcoming semester classes prior to attending orientation. Undergraduate Orientation Programs defines nontraditional first-year students as those who have at least one of the following:
- have earned less than 9 hours of post-secondary education
- have dependents other than a spouse
- are single parents
- are over the age of 25
Students who meet the above criteria are eligible to register for classes in advance of attending Orientation. These students are still expected to attend the morning sessions of Orientation.
Ohio University benefit eligible employees are welcome to attend part or all of orientation but are not required to attend orientation. However, employees are required to meet with an advisor from their colleges.
Transfer Students – pre-registration policy
Transfer students registered to attend the August, January, or May orientations may contact their academic colleges to schedule appointments to register for their upcoming semester classes prior to attending orientation. Students must also attend the morning sessions of the orientation program in order to have their registration holds removed.
Transfer students attending our summer program in June will register for classes on Day 2 of that program.