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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.

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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. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our students are of the utmost importance. Given the severity of the virus, Orientation and New Student Programs (ONSP) has created an online experience that will replace our on-campus transfer orientations.

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. 

College Success Series

Looking to get ahead of the curve before your fall classes start? Our virtual College Success Series is a great way to prepare. We’ll have live sessions to help you make the transition to hybrid learning, develop strong study habits and so much more! Click on the date and times of each workshop to open each WebEx session. 

Visit the FYAC Workshops page for a detailed description of each session.
No RSVP required! Just click on the linked date and time to access the live event:

August Campus Kickoff

We’ve worked hard this summer to make campus safe so you can see all that we have to offer before school starts. Join the orientation team this August to prepare for your first year at Oakland. You'll have the chance to:

  • Experience OU’s campus
  • Meet the Dean of your School/College and other new students
  • Pick up your Grizz card at the ID card office and your books at the OU bookstore

How do I register?
Log into the Orientation Reservation System to register for a campus kickoff session based on your school/college. 

How do I find my school/college?
You can only register for a campus kickoff session that's connected to your major's school/college. If you are unsure of your school/college, refer to the Careertool. Click on your major (listed alphabetically) and on the top right side of your major's page you will find the school/college listing (For example, the communication major is within the College of Arts and Sciences). 

Can I bring a guest?
Campus kickoff is a student-only event. No guests are allowed. 

What measures are being taken to ensure my safety?

  • A free OU mask will be provided for you upon arrival. You are required to wear it throughout the event.
  • Social distancing recommendations of 6 feet will be observed during both outside and inside activities. Abide by any 6 feet distance markers you encounter.

What if I can’t/don’t want to attend? 
This event is for students interested in visiting campus before the start of the semester. It is encouraged, but not mandatory. 

What do I need to do in advance?

  • Submit your photo online for your OU ID card.
    (In the coming weeks you'll get an email from the ID card office with instructions on how to upload your photo in advance)
  • Pre-order your books online so you can pick them up while you’re on campus. Visit the OU Bookstore website to begin purchasing your books.

Let us know if you have questions
We're here to help. You can always reach us at (248) 370-GOLD or gold@oakland.edu

New Student Welcome

All new summer and fall transfer students are encouraged to attend the New Student Welcome held on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

This year's event has two main sessions. First, you'll log in for a special welcome from OU's President, Ora Pescovitz, then you'll virtually attend a welcome session put on by your academic department. In August, you will receive info on a time set aside for both of these virtual sessions. While it won't last all day, plan for the whole day until further details arrive. 

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Orientation and New Student Programs at (248) 370-4653 or gold@oakland.edu.