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Orientation 101

Wondering what orientation entails today? Here’s a quick overview.

Enrollment Services typically hosts about 6,500 incoming first-year students for orientation each summer. This year, the party started May 31 and continues through July 26.

Orientation is a two-day adventure, beginning at 9:30 a.m. the first day and wrapping up by 3 p.m. on the second. Parents attend most sessions with their students (other than small group sessions and evening activities on Day 1).

Incoming students also have several hours of small group time to interact and connect with their peers and individual/small group appointments with academic advisors to plan and register for autumn semester classes. English and foreign language placement testing occurs during orientation, and math placement testing is done online in advance.

Typical Orientation schedule:

Family Matters, a session that helps parents support their students through the transition to college and learn how the university provides for student success in the first year and beyond
Doing Business Buckeye Style, which covers the business aspects of being a student
Get Involved, a student-only session highlighting ways to get involved on campus
Life Outside the Classroom, a look at services and opportunities available across campus


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