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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.

Students in a group walking across Oakland University's campus outdoors

New Student Orientation

Your 2022 Orientation consists of three different experiences that will introduce you to other new students and the academic resources that will help you achieve success in your first year.  

  1. Your New Student Orientation in May, June or July will introduce you to your first year at OU and you will register for your first year courses. 
  2. At your Campus Kickoff in August, you will visit campus, meet other new students, pick up textbooks, locate your classes, and explore student service spaces.
  3. At the New Student Welcome on Wednesday, August 31st, you will celebrate the start of the year with all new students and attend Convocation and Academic Open Houses. 

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.

Register For 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 or watch our step-by-step video 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 2022 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. 

Need additional help registering?
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.

Your First Year eSpace
Review the "Your First Year 22-23" eSpace for more information about course registration and answers to questions you may have before the semester begins. The First Year Advising Center will update this through your first year, so get familiar with it!

Pre-Orientation Check List

Complete the pre-orientation checklist

  • Submit your SAT/ACT scores- While we did not require your test scores for admission, submitting your scores before your orientation will allow you to skip course placement exams for writing and math. 
  • Follow these links to request that your SAT and/or ACT results be sent to Oakland University.
    • ACT — OU’s school code is 2033
    • SAT — OU’s school code is 1497
  • If you do not have SAT/ACT scores to submit, you must take placement tests for writing and math before your orientation. This is necessary for your adviser to make the best course recommendations.
  • Review the pre-orientation module in the “Your First Year 22-23” eSpace. You will need your NETID and password to login to eSpace. eSpace is a great source of guidance and has answers to frequently asked questions about orientation and beyond. We will be using it throughout your first year, so get familiar with it! 

We will send you a reminder email a few days before your orientation with more information on what to bring, where to park and what to expect.



Campus Kickoff and New Student Welcome

Campus Kickoff and New Student Welcome are the final two required components of your orientation experience.  You will sign up for these events while you are on campus at your New Student Orientation.  (Note:  These are student-only events.)

Campus Kickoff

At a Campus Kickoff, you will join other new OU students while you pick up your textbooks, locate your classes, and explore student service spaces. Kickoffs are held at 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. 

Campus Kickoff Dates:

  • Thursday, August 25
  • Friday, August 26
  • Monday, August 29
  • Tuesday, August 30
  • Wednesday, August 31 (10 a.m. slot only)

If you did not register for a Campus Kickoff during your Orientation, visit the event registration site, select "2022 New Student Kickoff" and select a date and time that works for you. Please note, you are still able to register for a Kickoff even if it says "restricted" by the date. This just ensures only new students are able to register. 

New Student Welcome

New Student Welcome is on Wednesday, August 31st at 1:00 p.m. in the O'renaDuring New Student Welcome, you will celebrate the start of the year with all new students, attend New Student Convocation and an academic open house specific to your major. 

Event details:

  • You are automatically registered for this event as the last required step in your Orientation process
  • Doors open at 12:30
  • Park in the parking structure P29 and walk over to the O'rena 
  • Wear your black and gold (and comfortable shoes)
Admitted for Winter or Summer?

Admitted for Summer 2022 or Winter 2023? Please contact Orientation and New Student Programs at (248) 370-4653 to schedule your Orientation.

Golden Grizzly Guide
Review the Golden Grizzly Guide and get to know what campus life will be like when you start at OU.