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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.

Student and adviser seated across the table from each other looking over a form

Transfer Orientation

Transfer Student Orientation is designed to help you settle in to your life at OU. The online Transfer Student Golden Grizzly Guide is your starting point to learn about all things OU. After familiarizing yourself with OU, you will then need to schedule an orientation for your specific major. 

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

Online Transfer Guide

As a new student, you may have a few questions about transitioning to life at Oakland. We’re here to help by providing you with the essential information you need in the Transfer Student Golden Grizzly Guide. This guide serves as your main resource for all things OU. Visit the Transfer Student Golden Grizzly Guide to get started.

Here you will find information about:

  • Transferring credits to OU
  • Financial aid and scholarship details
  • The cost of tuition and how to set up payments
  • Campus resources and services to support your success
  • Student involvement opportunities
Activate Your OU Account

Your next step before scheduling your orientation is to activate your personal OU accounts.

Click on the NetID Activation page and follow each step to get set up. Your student account (NetID) is important because it serves as the gateway to accessing University information and allows you to:

  • Review financial aid awards and requirements, direct deposit and billing (eBill) notifications
  • Accept University scholarships (if applicable)
  • Register for your orientation program (if applicable)
  • Complete an application to live on campus (if applicable)
  • Check your OU email (Webmail) and calendar, powered by Google
  • Access student services including grades, registration for courses and transcripts
Schedule Your Transfer Orientation

After taking some time to get to know OU using our Transfer Golden Grizzly Guide and activating your accounts using instructions on the the NetID Activation page, you will need to click on the Sign-Up For Transfer Student Orientation page to schedule your orientation and follow the instructions outlined. 

On Campus Events

Campus Kickoffs and New Student Welcome are two additional components of your transfer orientation experience. These on-campus events are optional, but are good ways to connect with campus partners, resources and meet new students.


Transfer Campus Kickoff

You have the optional opportunity to sign up to attend a Transfer Campus Kickoff event. This 1 ½ hour on-campus program will allow you to connect with other OU transfer students as you explore student service spaces on campus, connect with Career Services, visit the bookstore, and locate your classes. 

*Note, this is an additional event to support the mandatory Transfer Student Orientation where you will meet with an academic adviser in your school or college to sign up for classes. 

Instructions on how to register for a Campus Kickoff:

  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.
    • Notice: All dates will be labeled "Restricted." You are still able to register. This is just a safety measure that prevents students who are not admitted to OU from registering for orientation.
  3. Click 2022 Transfer Student Kickoff and identify a date that works for your schedule. 
  4. A confirmation email will be sent the following day. 

Need additional help registering?

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


New Student Welcome

Save the Date for our New Student Welcome on Wednesday, August 31st at 1:00 p.m. in the O'rena! More details to come!