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Families and Guests

Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO) believes that a student's support system at home and the people in their lives are critical partners in the transition process.  To assist those people in a successful transition for our students, all student programs coordinated by BSO have an optional family and guest program that happens concurrently with the student program. Family and guest participation is not required, but strongly encouraged.

Family and guest orientation includes sessions specifically designed to inform and educate family members and guests about Ohio University and its educational opportunities, as well as strategies for supporting their student with common transitional issues. While some sessions on program days will include students, participants in these programs should expect to be in their own program to meet these objectives.

Sign-Up Information

When students sign up for their BSO program, they are asked to indicate how many family members or guests will participate in orientation. This number is only used as an estimate for the program and students do not need to update us if that number changes. Students will be asked to finalize this number and provide names and email addresses for family members and guests participating as the event day approaches. Our virtual BSO programs do include a family and guest orientation track with some separate sessions for those interested in participating in the program. 

Pre-BSO Modules

All students must complete online modules before their BSO program. Guests are also encouraged to view the online modules their student will navigate. Family members and guests can access the modules through the link below and will need to click the "Enter as Guest" button within the modules. It is very important that students access the modules via the link on the Preparing for Orientation webpage where they will login with their OHIO ID and password or we will not have a record of the modules being completed. 

Pre-BSO Modules Guest Access

Parents & Families Newsletter

Bobcat parents and families are encouraged to sign up for the Dean of Student's monthly parents and families newsletter to stay up-to-date on information and resources to support students as they transition to college life.

Sign up for the Parents & Families Newsletter

Program Goals for Families and Guests

Through participation in a Bobcat Student Orientation program, families and guests will:

  • Understand the academic requirements and rigor of their student’s chosen major.
  • Identify campus resources, services, or programs available to their students.
  • Be more knowledgeable about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and how it will impact their partnership with the university.
  • Recognize the potential differences in their parental roles and the developmental needs of their students.