Get Ready, New Panthers!

Orientation serves as the official kickoff of your on-campus experience here at Ohio Dominican. Participation in New Student Orientation is required for all incoming first-year students. See below for information about registration and what to expect!

Student Orientation Group

Upcoming Orientation Date

Your first semester at ODU is almost here — but first, we'll see you at Orientation:

  • Monday, July 29

REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION

New Panthers, you'll need to have submitted your enrollment deposit and be logged into your ODU account in order to sign up for Orientation. If you have questions about any of this, click here for info.


What to Expect

During Orientation, we're going to make sure that you have everything you need to start your year off right at Ohio Dominican! We're talking crucial info that will help you get ready for this exciting new chapter in your life. Hear from campus leaders about life at ODU and the resources you'll have available to you to help you thrive in and out of the classroom, from day one all the way to graduation.

Orientation is also a fantastic opportunity to meet your fellow incoming Panthers — students like you that may become your future classmates, roommates, teammates and friends. Not to mention, you'll meet some of our amazing faculty and staff who will be there for you every step of your ODU journey.

And don't worry, new Panther parents and families, we've got you covered! Our orientation sessions are designed to ensure that both our new students and their families have the resources they need. 

8 a.m. – Check-In | Outside of Erskine Hall
Pick up your orientation materials and review your orientation checklist with your admission counselor, and then head inside Erskine Hall to visit the Resource Fair in Panther Plaza on the lower level to explore student services and ways to get involved on campus. Also enjoy a light breakfast on the second floor of Erskine Hall outside of Matesich Theatre.

9 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Prayer | Erskine Hall, Matesich Theatre
Shonna Riedlinger and Amy Thomas | Meet the orientation team and hear remarks by Acting President and Provost, Shonna Riedlinger.

9:15 a.m. – Our Catholic and Dominican Identity | Erskine Hall, Matesich Theatre
Dr. Robert Parks | Learn about the rich history of ODU, our founding congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, and our Dominican traditions.

9:45 a.m. – Panther to Panther | Location determined by orientation leaders
Orientation Leaders | Meet your orientation leader and discover what life is like outside of the
classroom at ODU.

10:15 a.m. – Life as a Resident or Commuter Student | Resident students: Griffin Student Center Skybridge; Commuter students: Griffin Student Center, room 274
Dan Teater | Residents: Learn about living at ODU, dining options and services available for your safety, health and well-being. Commuters: Learn strategies for success as a commuter student, dining options and services available for your safety, health and well-being.

11 a.m. – Panther Prowl | Campus-wide
Orientation Leaders and ODU 102 Instructors | Meet your ODU 102 instructor and take a prowl around campus and you learn about services and resources to help you succeed as an ODU student.

Noon – Course Schedule Review | Erskine Hall, Matesich Theatre
Adam Hirschfeld and Ashley Dudley | Obtain your course schedule and ensure it’s complete.

12:30 p.m. – Closing | Erskine Hall, Matesich Theatre
Join Dean Thomas for closing remarks. Panther Prowl raffle winner will be announced and students and families may pick up their orientation t-shirts. Campus offices will remain open for questions and assistance.

8 a.m. – Check-In | Outside of Erskine Hall
Pick up your orientation materials and review your orientation checklist with your admission counselor, and then head inside Erskine Hall to visit the Resource Fair in Panther Plaza on the lower level to explore student services and ways to get involved on campus. Also enjoy a light breakfast on the second floor of Erskine Hall outside of Matesich Theatre.

9 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Prayer | Erskine Hall, Matesich Theatre
Shonna Riedlinger and Amy Thomas | Meet the orientation team and hear remarks by Acting President and Provost, Shonna Riedlinger.

9:15 a.m. – Our Catholic and Dominican Identity | Erskine Hall, Matesich Theatre
Dr. Robert Parks | Learn about the rich history of ODU, our founding congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, and our Dominican traditions.

9:45 a.m. – College Transitions: Supporting Your Student | Erskine Hall, Matesich Theatre
Amy Thomas and Adam Hirschfeld | Learn about ODU’s 3-Step process for supporting your student as they transition into college life. Hear about our dedicated staff and services available in safety, health and well-being.

10:15 a.m. – Financing Your Education |Erskine Hall, Matesich Theatre
Cory Gadel and Tara Schneider | Financing college can be overwhelming. Our Financial Aid and Business Office staff will share details about the financial aid process at ODU.

11 a.m. – Academic Resources | Erskine Hall, Matesich Theatre
Lindsey Mason | Learn about technology, textbooks, resources and academic support services to help your student succeed at ODU.

Noon – Course Schedule Review | Erskine Hall, Matesich Theatre
Adam Hirschfeld and Ashley Dudley | Obtain your course schedule and ensure it’s complete.

12:30 p.m. – Closing | Erskine Hall, Matesich Theatre
Join Dean Thomas for closing remarks. Panther Prowl raffle winner will be announced and students and families may pick up their orientation t-shirts. Campus offices will remain open for questions and assistance.

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Questions? We're here for you, Panthers!

For general Orientation questions, you can connect with Undergraduate Admission or the Office of Student Affairs at the contact info below.

Undergraduate Admission
Griffin Student Center, Room 203
Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 251-4500
(800) 955-OHIO
(614) 251-0156
 admission@ohiodominican.edu

Office of Student Affairs
Erskine Hall, Room 148
Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, Ohio 43219
 (614) 251-4557
 studentaffairs@ohiodominican.edu