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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.

Sibling Orientation

In summer 2022, Bobcat Student Orientation will be hosting sibling orientation programs as a pilot during our first-year orientation programs on June 3-4, June 10-11, June 17-18, and June 24-25. This program will be open to siblings of incoming first-year students attending BSO on these dates who will be in grades 7th-12th in the fall. Participants in sibling orientation will be engaged in activities outside of our traditional family and guest sessions that are created specifically for them to have a fun and enjoyable BSO experience. This program will take place during the same times as our family and guest sessions on both days of the BSO program. Guest orientation fees apply for participation in this program. Siblings should be signed up through the same process as other family members and guests, as described below. Additionally, sibling information should be submitted through this form. Space is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up today!

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.  Students will also be asked to provide names and email addresses for family members and guests participating. If this number or the information about those attending the program changes after the student signs-up for the program, they can edit the information provided in the sign-up process by clicking the appropriate link in the confirmation email received when signing up. Our virtual BSO programs include a family and guest orientation track with some separate sessions for those interested in participating in the program. Separate family and guest fees apply, so be sure to review those before completing the sign-up process.


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 View) 

Overnight Accommodations

First-year students attending a 1.5-day program are required to stay on campus during the program to participate in late night sessions. Guests have the option to stay on campus as well, which will be indicated during sign-up. Guests are housed separately from students.

A linens package (including 2 flat sheets, 1 blanket, 1 pillow, 1 pillowcase, 1 body towel, 1 hand towel and 1 washcloth) will be included for each person for the overnight stay, but you’re welcome to bring anything to make your stay more comfortable. This may include a pillow, blanket or other comfort items.

Other suggested items to bring:

  • Phone charger
  • Computer/tablet charger
  • Toiletries and personal hygiene items
  • Medications
  • Snacks

Please note the residence hall is a traditional style hall and does include community bathrooms.

If you need to update your guest housing option after signing up, please contact our office at orientation@ohio.edu

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