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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.

Students in a group walking across Oakland University's campus outdoors

New Student Orientation

Your 2022 orientation experience is comprised of three different components.  First, you will attend New Student Orientation in May or June to learn about your first year at OU and to register for your first year courses. In August, you will attend Campus Kickoff and New Student Welcome events. These interactive experiences will introduce you to other new students and the academic resources that will help you achieve success in your first year.

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.

Register For New Student Orientation

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

Follow the instructions below or watch our step-by-step video to register for an orientation program.

Notice: All dates will be labeled "Restricted." You will still be able to register. This is just a safety measure that 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 2022 New Student Orientation and identify a date that works for your schedule. Double check to make sure you have selected the correct year in the system. 
  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 the following day. 

Need additional help registering?
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.

Golden Grizzly Guide
Review the Golden Grizzly Guide and get to know what campus life will be like when you start this fall. 

Campus Kickoff and New Student Welcome

Campus Kickoff and New Student Welcome are the final two required components of your orientation experience.  You will sign up for these events while you are on campus at your New Student Orientation.  (Note:  These are student-only events.)

Campus Kickoff

At Campus Kickoff, you will join other new OU students while you pick up your textbooks, locate your classes, and explore student service spaces.

Campus Kickoff Dates:

  • Thursday, August 25
  • Friday, August 26
  • Monday, August 29
  • Tuesday, August 30
  • Wednesday, August 31
New Student Welcome

During New Student Welcome, you will attend New Student Convocation and an academic open house specific to your major.  New Student Welcome is held on Wednesday, August 31. 

Admitted for Winter or Summer?

Orientation programs for students starting classes in winter 2022 will be held in November, December and January.  Follow the instructions below or watch our step-by-step video to register for an orientation program.

Notice: All dates will be labeled "Restricted." You will still be able to register. This is just a safety measure that 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 2022 New Student Orientation and identify a date that works for your schedule. Double check to make sure you have selected the correct year in the system. 
  4. A confirmation email will be sent to your OU email address the following day. 

Need additional help registering?
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.

Golden Grizzly Guide
Review the Golden Grizzly Guide and get to know what campus life will be like when you start this winter. 

Note:  If you are starting classes in summer 2022, contact the Orientation and New Student Programs office at (248) 370-4653.