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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.
Director, First Year Experience & Advising
Phone: 256 726 8279
Fax: 256 726 7522
Register for Classes
New Student Registration Form (Fall 2018)
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
AUGUST 15, 2018 – CLASSES BEGIN
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.
Programs and Services
OU Stay Connected Learning Communities
Orientation Week (Mandatory)
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
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
Assess Your Interests: https://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip