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New Student Orientation

OU's orientation experience gives you the tools needed to be prepared and comfortable when you start classes. 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.

If you require accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services prior to your scheduled orientation date by phone at (248) 370-3266 or email dss@oakland.edu.

Admitted for Summer 2024?
  • At New Student Orientation, you will learn about your first year at OU and register for courses.
  • At your Campus Kickoff in August, you will visit campus, meet other new students, visit the bookstore, locate your classes, and explore student service spaces.
  • At the New Student Welcome on Tuesday, September 3, 2024, you will celebrate the start of the year with all new students and attend Convocation and Academic Open Houses.

Register for New Student Orientation by contacting Orientation and New Student Programs at (248) 370-GOLD or gold@oakland.edu.

Admitted for Fall 2024?
  • 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. 
  • At your Campus Kickoff, you will visit campus, meet other new students, visit the bookstore, locate your classes, and explore student service spaces.
  • At the New Student Welcome on Tuesday, September 3, 2024, you will celebrate the start of the year with all new students and attend Convocation and Academic Open Houses. 

Register for New Student Orientation by visiting your admitted student portal here!

Admitted for Winter 2025?
  • Registration for your New Student Orientation will open on October 1, 2024. Check back then for more details! If you have immediate questions, contact Orientation and New Student Programs at (248) 370-GOLD or gold@oakland.edu.

New Student Orientation is divided into 3 required parts:

(For Summer/Fall 2024 admits)

  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, locate your classes, and explore student service spaces. You will sign up for a Campus Kickoff during your New Student Orientation. 
  3. At the New Student Welcome on Tuesday, September 3, 2024, you will celebrate the start of the year with all new students and attend Convocation and Academic Open Houses. You are automatically registered for this event as the last required step in your Orientation process.

The First Year Advising Center will provide admitted first year students, along with parents and family members, a sneak peek to their upcoming orientation experience by sharing the inside scoop on OU majors and first year courses.

Students will learn:

  • What courses are recommended in the first year for their major
  • Information about OU placement tests needed before orientation
  • How incoming college credit or AP/IB scores will be used in determining their course recommendations
  • How to get a head start on selecting course options before orientation and more!

While students are not able to register for courses during this program, they will learn what to expect during New Student Orientation so they are more prepared for the registration process.

Save the date for one of our Orientation Sneak Peek events! Registration will be posted at a later date.

April 23, 2024 - 5:30 - 7 pm - Virtual Event

May 3, 2024 - 3:30 - 5 pm - On Campus Event

May 9, 2024 - 6 - 7:30 pm - Virtual Event

We can’t wait for you to experience OU’s campus and get to know more about the resources available in your first year at our Campus Kickoffs! To register for a Campus Kickoff, you must first attend a New Student Orientation and log in to your admitted student portal to select a session. 

NOTE: The Campus Kickoffs are student-only events. No guests are allowed.


 Campus Kickoff Details

  • Connect with an Orientation Group Leader (OGL) and meet other classmates
  • Visit campus resources/offices and also check out the location of each of your classes prior to the start of the semester
  • Pick up your student ID and visit the bookstore

Changing your date

If you wish to cancel or reschedule your Campus Kickoff date, please contact our office at 248-370-4653. 


 Let us know if you have questions

Please do not hesitate to contact Orientation and New Student Programs at (248) 370-4653 or gold@oakland.edu with any questions.

New Student Welcome is a celebration with all other new students for the academic year. No registration needed!

Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2024
Time: Doors open at 12:30 p.m., Begins at 1:00 p.m.
Location: Athletic Center O'rena
Parking: Lot P1 or parking structure P29 and you will be directed to the O'rena

Event details:
During New Student Welcome, you will:

  • Attend New Student Convocation
  • Attend an academic open house specific to your major
  • Celebrate the start of the year with all new students
  • Wear your black and gold (and comfortable shoes)!

If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at 248-370-4653 or gold@oakland.edu.

Prior to your Orientation, you will receive an email from Oakland University ID Card Office (idcardoffice@oakland.edu) with instructions on how to submit a photo for your OU ID Card. Please locate this email as it has a unique submission link just for you!

You must submit a photo following these guidelines:

  • Should be cropped slightly above head to middle of chest.
  • Must be taken against a plain white or tan background.
  • Must be a color photo with bright, even lighting and no shadows on the face.
  • Must not include sunglasses or hat.
  • Must be positioned directly facing the camera.
  • Eyes should be open and looking at the camera.
  • Cannot be blurry or include social media photo filters.
  • Smile!

By using your GrizzCard, you are also agreeing to the terms of the GrizzCard/GrizzCash Policies.

Your GrizzCard will be available for pickup within two business days after submission approval. Cards can be picked up at the ID Card Office in room 149 of the Oakland Center. When picking up your GrizzCard, you will need a government-issued ID such as a driver's license, state ID, passport, military ID or high school ID.

If you have any questions, please contact the idcardoffice@oakland.edu or (248) 370-2291.

First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 101
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 101
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 101
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227


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

Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 101
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

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