New Student Orientation

You’re Officially a Petrel!

petrel passWhether you are entering college for the first time, or whether you’ve got some classes under your belt, we are looking forward to helping you transition into Oglethorpe. Orientation will be one of the busiest, most exciting weekends in your Oglethorpe career, and we are happy to help you get acquainted with our campus.

Fall 2016 New Student Orientation will be held from Friday, August 19th until Sunday, August 21st. All new students will be required to attend all sessions. These sessions will prepare you for your time at Oglethorpe through student training, information sessions, and interactive programs. We have worked hard to provide our students with the most effective and relevant information during Orientation. You will be totally prepared to handle life as a new student at Oglethorpe after these sessions!

More details for Fall 2016 New Student Move-In & Orientation will be available in April 2016, so please continue to check this page or more information. You can also check out our University website; you can find so many resources about academics, housing, and student life at Oglethorpe there. If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to reach out to me! I am happy to help you through the Orientation process.

See you in August!

Orientation Leaders


Get the App!

All Orientation events are now available in the Oglethorpe University app. To download the app, simply search “Oglethorpe University” and select the “Orientation” tab.


Student Types

First Year Student: We refer to all students who are starting their first semester in college at Oglethorpe University as “first year” students. Because some students enter Oglethorpe with credits from high school or dual-enrollment, we prefer to use the term “first year” over “freshman” during Orientation.

Transfer Student: Any student who is entering Oglethorpe after completing credits at another college or university is considered to be a “transfer” student. Please visit the Transfer page for more information.

International Student: International students are Rotary, Exchange, or 4-Year Degree Seeking students who do not have permanent residency in the United States. Please contact Nancy Boyken, Global Education and International Student Services Coordinator, at for more information and resources available to International students.