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Preparing for Orientation

Major Changes

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 before attending orientation. To change your major, please contact Undergraduate Admissions via email at admissions@ohio.edu. Please include your full name, PID, and intended major. You should do this at least one week before your scheduled orientation date to make sure we have prepared your orientation materials for your new major; however major changes can be requested while you are at orientation.

Complete Pre-BSO Modules

All students must complete online modules before their BSO program. Students must log in to the modules using their OHIO ID and password. 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 encouraged to view the modules by following directions on the Families and Guests web page.

Pre-BSO Modules (OHIO Login Required) 

Placement Tests

An important part of preparing for your orientation program is taking placement tests.  The tests you need to take are determined by your selected major. Placement tests are necessary to make sure you enroll in the appropriate first course in specific subject areas for the first semester in your major. 

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

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Language
  • Music Theory

Placement Testing Information

Upload Picture for OHIO ID

New students can take their own ID pictures before their orientation program. Details about the process can be found at the link below. Photo submissions must be approved and accepted, so we recommend starting the process to upload a photo early. If this process is not completed at least one week before your BSO program, you will need to take a photo during your program to receive your ID. 

OHIO ID cards will be distributed to students during their in-person BSO program. For students completing BSO virtually, you will be able to pick up your OHIO ID card at Bobcat Depot upon arrival on campus in the upcoming semester.

Upload a picture for your OHIO ID

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 MFA enrollment process can be found at the link below. New students are required to enroll in MFA before participating in a BSO program. This step is important to ensure students can access their MyOHIO Student Center during course registration at BSO. Failure to enroll in MFA may result in delays in course registration during your BSO program.

Enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) 

Parking for In-Person Programs

Parking for 1.5-day programs will be in Lots 127 and 128 (around the Convocation Center), which can be found on the Campus Parking Map. Accessible parking will be available in the portion of Lot 128 nearest to the intersection of South Shafter Street and Richland Avenue. If you are using a GPS or other map service, please use the following address to arrive at the designated parking location: 95 Richland Avenue, Athens, OH 45701. When you arrive at the parking lot, our staff will give you a parking permit for you to place on your dashboard. This parking permit will only be valid for the duration of your program.

Parking for 1-day programs will be in Lot 132 (next to Peden Stadium), which can be found on the Campus Parking Map. Participants can use the entrance on South Green Drive and accessible parking will be available near the parking lot entrance. If you are using a GPS or other map service, please use the following address to arrive at the designated parking location: 100 Richland Avenue, Athens, OH 45701. When you arrive at the parking lot, our staff will give you a parking permit for you to place on your dashboard. This parking permit will only be valid for the duration of your program.

Things to Bring to In-Person Programs

You will need to bring the following with you for your in-person BSO program:

  • Photo ID (needed for check-in)
  • Technology for course registration
    • We will have limited computers available during course registration at orientation. If you can bring your laptop, iPad, or Tablet with internet access, please do so for a quicker registration process.  This does not need to be the technology you will have as a new student, so you do not need to worry about getting that at this time. If possible, consider borrowing technology from someone to bring with you. We will have limited technology resources available, and students will be able to use them as available.  Given the format of the advising sessions, a smartphone is difficult to use for registration purposes. We recommend bringing different technology, if possible.
  • Unofficial college transcripts and test scores
    • If your official transcripts (indicating any college credit you may receive) and test scores have not been received or processed in time for your orientation, you’re welcome (but not required) to bring an unofficial copy for academic advising and course registration purposes.
  • Attire
    • Bring an umbrella and wear comfy shoes! It is a long (but fun!) program and we want you to be prepared. We also recommend bringing a jacket for use in some of our indoor session locations, as they tend to be very cold during the summer months. 
  • Refillable water bottle
    • Due to COVID-19 protocols, all water fountains on campus have been converted to bottle refilling stations. You will be traveling around campus a lot, so it will be important to stay hydrated!
  • Overnight Stay
    • A linens package (including 2 flat sheets, 1 blanket, 1 pillow, 1 pillowcase, 1 body towel, 1 hand towel, and 1 washcloth) will be provided for the overnight stay, but you can also bring anything to make your stay more comfortable. This may include your pillow, blanket, and/or other comfort items.
    • Phone charger
    • Computer charger
    • Toiletries and personal hygiene items
    • Medications
    • Snacks

Update Preferred Name and Pronouns

Students can update their preferred names and/or pronouns in MyOHIO 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.

Request Transcripts and Test Scores Be Sent to OHIO

Prior to attending BSO, request official transcripts and test scores be sent to Ohio University.  Eligible college credits from another institution, exam credit, or other transferable credit will only be applied once official documents have been received from the institution or testing agency. As a reminder, your high school will not send college-level transcripts or test score reports on your behalf.  You must request these directly from the institution or testing agency.  

Official transcripts, exam credits, or other credits should be sent electronically as a secure PDF transcript to admissions@ohio.edu or by postal mail to:  Undergraduate Admissions, Chubb Hall 120, 1 Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701.

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

Prepare Technology 

In-Person Programs: We will have limited computers available during course registration at orientation. If you can bring your laptop, iPad, or tablet with internet access, please do so for a quicker registration process. This does not need to be the technology you will have as a new student, so you do not need to worry about getting that at this time. If possible, consider borrowing technology from someone to bring with you. Given the format of the advising sessions, a smartphone is difficult to use for registration purposes. We recommend bringing different technology, if possible. Microsoft Teams will be used during our in-person programs, so we recommend downloading the Teams app for Windows or Mac on your computer before your BSO program as it has the most functionality. 

Virtual Programs: You will need a computer with an internet connection to participate in the virtual BSO program. All of our virtual sessions will be facilitated through Microsoft Teams. We recommend downloading the Teams app for Windows or Mac on your computer before the BSO program as it has the most functionality. On the day of your BSO program, you will need to log in to Microsoft Teams with your OHIO ID and password, but please note that you may not be able to log in 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 devices as well. 

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

Get to Know Your Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leaders are the undergraduate student staff who work with Bobcat Student Orientation. In addition to sharing first-hand knowledge about the student experience, they provide support to our program participants to make the orientation experience more meaningful. Orientation Leaders are informed student leaders who value diversity and inclusion, embody the OHIO spirit, and demonstrate a genuine passion for helping their fellow Bobcats. They are critical to our programs meeting the mission of ensuring all students belong to the OHIO community, succeed as a new student, and own their unique experiences.

Before participating in your BSO program, we encourage you to get to know our team by checking out their profiles.

Orientation Schedules