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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

First Year Advising Center

121 North Foundation Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

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

Orientation & New Student Programs

North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

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New Student Orientation

New first-year students who are attending OU in the fall semester attend a two-part New Student Orientation program.

Part One

Part One is a free 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? An overnight option is available on June 5 and June 14.

Participants will stay in University Housing and enjoy exciting activities including:
  • Events at the Recreation and Athletics Center
  • A evening walk to Meadow Brook Hall
  • Making new friends and connections
Guest Policy
With the exception of the joint sessions where new students and family members are together, all portions of New Student Orientation are for newly admitted students only.

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
Use the guide to prepare for New Student Orientation, review orientation details and important dates and much more!
Register for Part One

Follow the instructions below to register for an orientation program.

Notice: All dates will be labeled "Restricted." This 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 2018 New Student Orientation and identify a date that works for your schedule.
  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 at the time of registration.

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.

Part Two

All new first-year students are required to attend a two-part New Student Orientation.

Scheduled events include:

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

All students need to confirm their attendance for Part Two. A reminder email will be sent to every student's 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 gold@oakland.edu.

Admitted for Summer or Winter?

A condensed orientation program is offered for first-year students beginning in the summer or winter semester. Follow the instructions below to register for an orientation program.

Notice: All dates will be labeled "Restricted." This 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 2018 New Student Orientation and identify a date that works for your schedule.

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.