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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 online 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 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. 

New Student Welcome

New Student Welcome takes place on August 31 or September 1 and features a school or college-based convocation and academic open house.

We’re in the process of planning out the specifics of what the day will look like, so keep an eye on your official OU email account. You’ll receive additional details about parking, health and safety measures, etc. in a reminder email a few days before your scheduled date.


DO I GET TO CHOOSE WHICH DAY I ATTEND?

Your day of attendance is based on your school or college. 

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Review the details of each day to find out what day to register for:

August 31
9-10 AM - Undecided and Bachelor of Integrative Studies
12-1 PM - College of Arts and Sciences
3-4 PM - School of Health Sciences

September 1
9-10 AM - School of Business Administration
12-1 PM - School of Nursing
3-5 PM - School of Engineering and Computer Science & School of Education Human Services

Note: School of Engineering and Computer Science & School of Education and Human Services have been combined into one event.

HOW DO I FIND MY SCHOOL/COLLEGE?

You can only register for a New Student Welcome session that's connected to your major. You will need to know your school/college in order to register for your specific session. If you are unsure of your school/college, refer to the Careertool. Click on your major (listed alphabetically) and look under the Contact Information section for the name of your school or college. (For example, the communication major is within the College of Arts and Sciences).  

WHAT IF THE REGISTRATION SYSTEM DOESN’T ALLOW ME SIGN UP FOR THE NEW STUDENT WELCOME THAT CORRESPONDS TO MY SCHOOL/COLLEGE?

If you receive the error “event is restricted and not open for all,” please contact Orientation and New Student Programs at (248) 370-4653 or gold@oakland.edu.

CAN I BRING A GUEST?

New Student Welcome is a student-only event. No guests are allowed.

WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO ATTEND? 

This event is the last step of the orientation process and students should plan to be in attendance. If you have any questions, please contact Orientation and New Student Programs at (248) 370-4653 or gold@oakland.edu.