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First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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New Student Orientation

Orientation takes place during the summer months where you’ll connect with new students, be introduced to OU’s campus, meet your first-year academic adviser and register for courses. Family members have the option to take part in the day and will get to know more about their student's experience at OU through parent/family programming. 

Follow the instructions in the tabs below to complete your orientation process. 

New Student Orientation

OU's orientation experience gives you the tools needed to be prepared and comfortable when you start classes each fall. We know that you are excited to get started at OU and we are here to make your first experience with us as memorable as possible. 

Follow the instructions below to get started. 

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities
If you require special accommodations, please let the orientation staff know before your arrival by contacting us at (248) 370-4653 or gold@oakland.edu.

Golden Grizzly Guide
Review the Golden Grizzly Guide by visiting oakland.edu/ggg. The guide provides information about all things OU and is a great resource that will help you get to know what campus life will be like when you start this fall. 

Register for Orientation

Follow the instructions below to register for an orientation program.

Notice: All dates will be labeled "Restricted." You will still be able to register. This is just a safety measure that prevents students who are not admitted to OU from registering for orientation.

  1. Activate your Oakland University NetID and password.
  2. Log into the Orientation Reservation System using your NetID and password.
    • For example: If your OU email address is johndean@oakland.edu, your NetID is johndean.
  3. Click 2021 New Student Orientation and identify a date that works for your schedule. Double check to make sure you have selected the correct year in the system. 
  4. To register your parent or family member, select the guest option and enter their full name and email address.
  5. A confirmation email will be sent to each email address the following day. 

If you are experiencing trouble registering for orientation, contact the Orientation and New Student Programs office at (248) 370-4653 or email us at gold@oakland.edu.

Step-by-step instructions can be found here.

Do You Have College Credits?

At orientation you will register for courses in your first year. Help your academic adviser prepare your course recommendations by mailing your official college transcripts to:

Office of the Registrar

O'Dowd Hall, Room 100

586 Pioneer Dr

Rochester, MI 48309-4401

It is important we receive your official transcripts at least one month prior to your orientation date so we may properly advise you at the time of registration.

New Student Welcome

All new first-year students are required to attend New Student Welcome. We can't wait for you to join us on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. 

Scheduled activities include:

  • Academic Open Houses
  • New Student Convocation
  • Welcome Week Activities

For questions, reach us at gold@oakland.edu or call us at (248) 370-GOLD.

Admitted for Summer or Winter?

Winter 2021 registration details
Starting classes in Winter 2021? Follow the instructions below to register for an orientation program.

Notice: All dates will be labeled "Restricted." You will still be able to register. This is just a safety measure that prevents students who are not admitted to OU from registering for orientation.

  1. Activate your Oakland University NetID and password.
  2. Log into the Orientation Reservation System using your NetID and password.
    • For example: If your OU email address is johndean@oakland.edu, your NetID is johndean.
  3. Click 2021 New Student Orientation and identify a date that works for your schedule. Double check to make sure you have selected the correct year in the system. 
  4. To register your parent or family member, select the guest option and enter their full name and email address.
  5. A confirmation email will be sent to each email address provided within a day. 

If you are experiencing trouble registering for orientation, contact the Orientation and New Student Programs office at (248) 370-4653 or email us at gold@oakland.edu.

Step-by-step instructions can be found here.

Summer 2021 details
To schedule, contact the First Year Advising Center at (248) 370-3227.