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First Year Advising Center
121 North Foundation Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401 (map)
(248) 370-3227

Orientation & New Student Programs
105 North Foundation Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401 (map)
(248) 370-GOLD

First-Year Orientation

New first-year students who are attending OU in the fall semester attend a two-part New Student Orientation program. If you are starting classes in the winter or summer, see the Group Orientation info. If you are in one of the Community College Partnership Programs, visit their website for more information.

Part One is a one-day orientation held during the summer months from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students are encouraged to select the earliest orientation date that their schedule allows.   

During this component, you will:

  • Be introduced to your school/college
  • Meet with your assigned academic adviser and register for classes
  • Learn about university policies, resources and your OU accounts
  • Meet other new students and have fun!

Housing Overnight Experience

Interested in exploring residence life on the campus of OU? Spend the night before your orientation and expand your experience by registering for an overnight stay in University Housing's residence halls!

Participants will have an insider's view and enjoy exciting activities including:
  • Events at the Recreation and Athletics Center
  • A midnight walk to Meadow Brook Hall
  • Making new friends and connections
This experience is only available to those who register for June 3, June 9 and June 23 orientations. Click here to sign up today.

Guest Policy

While we recognize that the support of family and friends is critical to your success as a student, we regret that we do not have space to accommodate family members or guests during Part One. 

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All new first-year students are required to attend a two-part New Student Orientation. Registration will begin July of 2015. 

Scheduled events include:
  • Welcome picnic
  • Academic Open Houses
  • New Student Convocation
  • Involvement Fair
All students need to confirm their attendance for Part Two. A reminder email will be sent to every students' OU email address a few days prior to the orientation. If you have any questions about Part Two, please contact Orientation and New Student Programs at (248) 370-4653 or

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