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First Year Experience & Advising

Orientation Dates & Activities


The dates for Orientation are Wednesday, August 3, 2020.

Complete Orientation schedule will be available here soon and will also be emailed to all students who have registered for classes and completed the New Student Orientation Registration Form (form found in “New Student Registration Form” tab below).

  • Please note: Orientation is not optional. It is mandatory for all new students. Therefore, please be sure to register for the orientation (see form below).
Pre-Orientation Sign-Up

Pre-orientation Date: July 21-22; Sign-up below



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 FYER?

The First Year Experience and Retention department supports new students with the transition to university life by equipping them with the tools they will need to be successful at Oakwood University and beyond. Some of the ways we do this is by providing peer mentors to be a guide throughout your first year, seminars/workshops to help you learn skills such as time management and study skills, and fun activities like field days and game nights that allow you to get to know your peers a little better! 

Contact Us

Taina Nixon, Director
First Year Experience & Advising
Phone: 256-726-8202
Email: tnixon@oakwood.edu

Important Information
Register for Classes

Registration in 4 Easy Steps:

  1. Pay your Commitment Fee (if not already done).
  2. Have your official ACT/SAT scores in hand.
  3. Determine your major or decide if your major will remain undeclared for the first semester of college.
  4. Click Here to contact a Center for Student Success advisor who will serve as your Registration Guide.
New Student Registration Form (Fall 2020)

Oakwood University

New Student Orientation Registration Form

(To be completed and submitted before July 20, 2020)


What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation (NSO) is an fun, interactive, and informational program designed to facilitate students’ transition to college, in general, and specifically to Oakwood University. At NSO, student leaders collaborate with faculty and staff to equip new students with the skills and information needed to successfully soar into college life.

When will orientation begin for new students?

New Student Orientation will begin on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Classes begin on Monday, August 10, 2020.


When should I arrive on campus?

Move in Day is August 5, 2020, the first day of New Student Orientation. The residence halls will open at 8:30 a.m.

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 in preparation for the colder months towards the end of fall semester.

What do I need to do before New Student Orientation starts? 

  • Register for classes; receive a confirmation email from your Registration Guide that your classes have been approved
  • Pay 70% of your tuition and fees in order to be fully enrolled
  • Move-in to the residence Hall at 8:30 am on August 5, 2020 
  • Orientation activities will begin on the evening of August 5th

What should I bring to orientation?

The activities during New Student Orientation are varied and will include everthing from games and interactive learning sessions, to campus tours, games, and spiritual programs. You should, therefore, plan your wardrobe accordingly. Please include a black and white outfit (church attire) 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.

Who is expected to attend New Student Orientation?

All freshmen and transfer students are expected to attend New Student Orientation.

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 could be detrimental. We are aware, however, that things do not always go as planned. Students who are unable to attend orientation must visit the Office of First Year Experience & Retention (located on 2nd floor of Cunningham Hall) for an information packet once they arrive on campus.