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First Year Experience & Advising


Congratulations and Welcome to Oakwood University! We are glad that you have chosen ‘OU’ as ‘YOUR’ university. Here you will enter to learn and depart to serve.

What is FYEA

At Oakwood University it is important to us that you are able to engage and transition smoothly into the college experience. FYEA provides programs and services that support students’ academic success and personal adjustment to university life.

Contact Us

Havovi Patel
Director, First Year Experience & Advising
Phone: 256 726 8279
Fax: 256 726 7522

Important Information

Register for Classes

Portal for Registration Opens Monday April 16th, 2018 at 9:00am (CST).

Registration in 4 Easy Steps:

  1. Pay your Intent to Enroll Fee (if not already done).
  2. Have your official ACT/SAT scores in hand
  3. Determine your Major (Click here).
  4. Click Here to Contact your Advisor/Registration Guide
New Student Registration Form (Fall 2018)

Oakwood University

New Student Orientation Registration Form

(To be completed and submitted before July 26 2018)

Typing and dating your full name below represents you Electronic Signature


What is it like to live in Huntsville, AL?

Be prepared for hot and humid summers. The winters are generally cold and dry. We recommend that you bring a winter coat or heavy jacket.

  • Get a confirmation email from an Academic Advisor that your classes have been approved
  • Pay 70% of your tuition and fees and enroll in a payment plan agreement to be financially clear
  • Move-in on August 8, 2018 during New Student Orientation

What should I bring to orientation?

The activities during New Student Orientation are varied and will include lectures, games, testing, meals, and spiritual programs. You should, therefore, plan your wardrobe accordingly. Please include a black and white (church attire) outfit for the Consecration Service on the Friday evening of New Student Orientation. Bear in mind that modesty is a core value of Oakwood University.

Is there a cost for New Student Orientation?

While the mandatory New Student Orientation is provided to you at no additional cost, the benefits of attending are priceless.

What happens if I miss New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is an important milestone in the life of a new college student. During orientation, time has been set aside to specifically address the academic, financial, and personal needs of our new students. Missing this opportunity would be detrimental. We are aware, however, that even the best intentions can go awry. Students who are unable to attend orientation must contact the Office of First Year Experience & Advising for an information packet once they arrive on campus.

What is the benefit of participating in New Student Orientation?

Students who participate in New Student Orientation will:

  • Meet fellow members of the 2022 Oakwood class
  • Begin to build lifelong friendships
  • Meet and interact with key University personnel
  • Become familiar with the campus and community
  • Interface with Student Leaders
  • “Meet and Greet” departmental faculty
  • Get the inside scoop on the Oakwood Experience
  • Become familiar with the policies and procedures of the University

Who is expected to attend New Student Orientation?

All new first year students (freshmen) and transfer students are expected to attend New Student Orientation.

When should I arrive on campus?

Move in Day is August 8, 2018, the first day of New Student Orientation. The residence halls will open to receive you at 8:30 a.m.

When will orientation begin for new students?

New Student Orientation will take place from August 8, 2018 through to August 14, 2018. Classes begin on August 15, 2018.

What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is a program designed to facilitate students’ transition to college, in general, and specifically to Oakwood University. It is a program focused on providing new students with the skills and information needed to successfully soar into college life.

Orientation Dates & Activities

New Student Orientation Important Dates and Activities


The dates for Orientation are Wednesday, August 8 – 14, 2018.

The Residence Halls will be open Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 8:30am. for occupancy.

Please note: Orientation is not optional. It is mandatory for all new students. Therefore, please be sure to register for the orientation at

Residual ACT Test
Should you need information regarding the residual ACT, you may contact the Career and Testing Center at (256) 726-7668.

Other main events for Orientation Week include the following:

  • August 8, 2018 – Student Exemption Test for students enrolled in MA095 and MA 108, Registration Completion, Parent/Student Orientation for Healthy Campus 2020, Residence Hall Orientation for Parents
  • August 9, 2018 – Parent Orientation, Parent Workshops, Student Exemption Test for students enrolled in EN095 and EN099, Music Department Auditions and Music Theory Placement Tests, Auditions for Consecration Responses, Parent and Student Workshops, Student Parting Ceremony, Freshman Rally, Team building activity.
  • August 10, 2018– Administrator’s Success Tips, Visit to the Bridge Street Mall, Consecration Service, AYM Release
  • August 11, 2018 – Sabbath School, Divine Worship, Ministry Fair, Playfair
  • August 12, 2018 – Campus Walking Tour, Funday Sunday, Ignite Worship Service, OU Phobia (games)
  • August 13, 2018   – Academic Sessions, International, Latino, Transfer Orientations, Academic Open House, Freshman Challenge
  • August 14, 2018 – Healthy Campus 2020 Wellness Day, Residence Hall Orientation for Students



Consecration Service
All new students will be required to participate in the Consecration Service on Friday, August 10, 2018. We are requiring that church attire be worn for the ceremony. The colors will be black and white. Women are required to wear a black or white dress or skirt with blouse (both must cover the shoulders and be knee length). Men are required to wear a black or white shirt with black pants and a belt (a black suit may also be worn). Please note that no jewelry should be worn.

Our wish for you is that you will experience positive growth spiritually, academically, and socially while you are at Oakwood University.

English Reading & Composition Skills Exemption Test

Programs and Services

OU Stay Connected Learning Communities
During the first year experience, students will participate in the OU Stay Connected learning communities. In these small learning communities, students will engage in various activities with their assigned community. These planned activities are designed to promote spiritual, academic, professional, and social growth throughout the first year experience and beyond. By becoming connected, students may be more likely to stay connected.
Orientation Week (Mandatory)
Orientation week gives all new students an opportunity to arrive early and learn about their new surroundings before the influx of returning students. It is a time of transitioning–taking off the old and putting on the new. During this week, new students (both Freshmen and Transfer students) learn what it means to become an “Oakwood Man” and an “Oakwood Woman.” All new students are required to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event in order to help secure their academic success.
OU 101: Freshman Seminar

This course is a general education requirement for all freshmen and any new student entering with less than 30 semester hours of transfer credits. The seminar is designed to provide pertinent information to help new students to make the most of university life. As part of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) this course will introduce and emphasize the critical thinking process through writing. It will also focus on challenges that integrate the academic, social, and spiritual facets of life, therefore, placing an emphasis on opening the doors to “Education, Excellence, and Eternity.”

OU 097: Strategies for Academic Success
The course is designed to effectively guide new students toward academic success through the utilization of cutting-edge study and learning strategies. All new students admitted to Oakwood University on academic probation and/or having a composite score of less than 17 on the ACT or less than 920 on the new SAT (840 on the old SAT) are required to take OU 097 during the first semester.
Freshman Advising

An important goal of freshman advising is to introduce all first-time Oakwood University students to the advising process. During the first year, advisors help students to select core curriculum courses, balance study and extracurricular activities, and think about possible majors. The main components of this program include assigned advisors for each academic department, specialized advisors for at-risk students, and management of the departmental degree planners to promote career direction.


Career Exploration for Incoming Students