I've Attended Orientation and I'm starting Classes

As you begin classes, take note of important resources and dates to help you have a successful start at OU.

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Important Dates

October 1, 2021

FAFSA available for 2022-23 academic year

April 15, 2023

Summer 2023 Payment Due

May 8, 2023

Summer 2023 classes begin (16 weeks)

May 8, 2023

Summer I 2023 classes begin (8 weeks)

July 5, 2023

Summer II classes begin (8 weeks)

October 1, 2022

FAFSA available for 2023-24 academic year

October 1, 2022

Fall 2023 housing sign-up available

September 5, 2023

New Student Welcome

September 6, 2023

Fall 2023 classes begin

October 1, 2022

FAFSA available for 2023-24 academic year

November 1, 2023

Winter 2024 housing sign-up available

December 15, 2023

Winter 2024 payment due date

January 4, 2024

Winter 2024 classes begin

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Before Classes

After orientation, take note of a few important tasks to do before classes begin in your first semester.

Complete Orientation Survey

Please complete the survey to tell us about your orientation experience. Your feedback will help us improve the experience for future students - just like you.

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Submit Official Transcripts

Work with the previous college(s) or university(s) you took courses at to submit your official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar, O'Dowd Hall, Rm 100, 586 Pioneer Dr, Rochester, MI 48309-4401.

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Pay Your Bill

Payment is due prior to the start of the semester. View your eBill and connect with Student Financial Services for questions.

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Get Your Student ID

The GrizzCard is the official picture identification card of Oakland University. Think of it as your passport to OU. Whether you are grabbing a bite to eat, checking out a library book, going to the Rec Center or cheering on the Golden Grizzlies, your GrizzCard makes it happen.

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Purchase Your Textbooks

Visit the OU Barnes & Noble Bookstore to purchase your textbooks before the start of class. Take your class schedule with you for assistance in selecting the correct textbooks. OU does not have a book voucher program.

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Update Address and Phone Number

It's important to have an up-to-date address and phone number to ensure the university can contact you as needed. Verify your address and phone number, and update if necessary, via MySAIL.

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Sign-up For Emergency Notifications

Be notified as quickly as possible if an emergency situation occurs on campus, if the university has been closed, or if there is a campus wide cancellation of classes.

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Disability Support Services

It is recommended that students with disabilities register with Disability Support Services at least six weeks before the start of your first semester at OU.

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Review Academic Conduct Policies

Plagiarism and cheating are not tolerated. Become familiar with OU’s Academic Conduct Policy.

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Attend Welcome Activities

Get connected to OU by attending the New Student Welcome (fall) and Welcome Week activities (fall and winter).

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In Your First Semester

Start strong. Connect to important resources and the OU community early and often.

Course Changes

Students can add, drop or withdraw from courses during specific times of the semester. Consult your academic adviser before making changes to your schedule.

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Academic Advising

You will be assigned to an academic advising unit based on your major, which is housed in a school or college. If you are undecided about your major, you will work with an academic adviser in the First Year Advising Center until you declare a major.

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Get Connected

Become an integral part of the OU community through involvement in student organizations, Greek life, community service, intramurals or club sports.

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Transfer Year Experience

As a new transfer student, you will be connected to the Transfer Year Experience program, which provides a seamless transition into academic success and campus life at Oakland University.

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Utilizing Moodle

All courses have an online space in Moodle, OU's learning management system, which allows you to receive information about class assignments, grades, and upcoming projects. It is up to the professor how much information they put on Moodle.

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Career Tool

Review your degree requirements and potential career options for your chosen major.

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Establish A Relationship with Faculty

OU's faculty members are valuable resources for students. They are experts in their academic disciplines and can offer advice about opportunities at OU and in the academic community. Connect with faculty mentors and advisers frequently.

Faculty Feedback

If you are enrolled in a 1000 or 2000 level course, your professor may provide feedback via email on how you can improve in the course. Review their recommendations to get back on the right track.

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center offers a variety of support services at no cost to all enrolled OU students. These include Peer Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and study resources, such as math, statistics and physics instructional videos, several success strategies videos, a complete set of bones for anatomy students and old math exams provided by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for review.

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Writing Center

The Oakland University Writing Center is open to OU students, faculty and staff in all disciplines at any stage of the writing process. The center provides writers with an interested and supportive audience of well-trained consultants who help both novice and expert writers explore ideas, revise drafts and develop the skills to craft polished works.

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Career Services

Career Services is the gateway to your future. They are here to help open doors to opportunities at OU and beyond, while providing resources and support during your journey to success.

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Using Handshake

Create your profile to have access to on-campus student employment positions, as well as thousands of internships and jobs outside of OU. Don't delay in getting connected to a job now or for the future.

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Diversity Resources

Oakland University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all community members.

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Kresge Library

The Library is a critical center of learning in our educational community, providing access to scholarly information, research support, library instruction, computing and study facilities.

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Study Abroad/Away

OU students can study abroad in more than 40 countries around the world or study away at nearly 200 universities in North America. From foreign language and art to business and engineering, OU offers a variety of international education options for all interests. You’ll have the opportunity to live, study or work side-by-side in communities or universities throughout the world.

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Graham Health Center

Graham Health Center provides convenient, affordable, high quality health care right on campus.

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OU Counseling Center

The Oakland University Counseling Center offers a broad range of mental health services provided by licensed psychologists and interns. The first six sessions are free. All sessions thereafter are only $12 each.

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Find Adviser Contact Information

You can now log in to MySail and find your assigned adviser and/or advising unit contact information. Just sign in to MySail and below the My Details section click the blue Adviser link on the right hand side. A box should pop up with your advising unit and/or adviser's name along with their contact information.

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