New Student Orientation

Professor Gretchen North and students talking together

We are excited to partner with you in your journey as a new student to Occidental College.

College is a new beginning and transition for both students and their family members—one we are excited to help you navigate!

Orientation is designed to create a dynamic, celebratory, and welcoming environment—a space where new students explore how to make informed academic decisions and responsible social choices by tapping into resources and services offered by the College. By building a sense of community that connects students to faculty, staff, administrators, and each other, Orientation also fosters an appreciation of Oxy’s commitment to equity, excellence, and service.

First-year and Fall transfer Orientation will take place in late August, with exact dates provided over the summer. Once finalized, the tentative schedules will be displayed here. Keep an eye on this page and your email inbox for more information about Orientation. If you have any questions, please contact Marcus A. Rodriguez, Asst. Dean of Students at

2022 Schedule at a Glance

Kickstart OXY (Pre-recorded videos/gathered resources: asynchronous viewing/engagement)

7/26 - Kickstart 
7/27 - Kickstart
7/28 - Kickstart

Early Arrivals and Move-In Dates

8/16 - International Program Students Move-In
8/17 - Men's Water Polo  Move-In
8/18 - Women's Soccer Move-In
8/18 - Men's Soccer  Move-In
8/18 - Men's & Women's Cross Country  Move-In
8/19 - Women's Volleyball Move-In
8/21 - Visiting Language Assistants Arrive
8/20 - LA Engage Move-In
8/22 - New Student/Exchange/Transfer Move-in
8/27 - Returning Student Move-In

LA Engage

8/20 - LA Engage Move-In
8/21 - LA Engage
8/22 - LA Engage

New Student Orientation

8/22 - New Student Move-In Day
8/23 - New Student Orientation
8/24 - New Student Orientation
8/25 - New Student Orientation
8/26 - Advising and Exchange/Transfer Student Day
8/27 - Class Registration  


2022 New Student Orientation Full Schedule

New Student (First-Year, Exchange, Transfer) Move-In Day - Monday, August 22

08:00AM-02:30PM - JSC QUAD - Welcome Center w/ REHS, Family Orientation, Card Services, and O-Team

02:30PM-03:30PM - RESIDENCE HALLS - Living on Campus: Expectations and Community Building

03:30PM-05:00PM - REMSEN BIRD HILLSIDE THEATER - Welcome to Oxy! A Community Celebration

05:00PM-05:30PM - VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON CAMPUS - O-Team Small Group Meet-Up: Quick Connect!

05:30PM-06:30PM - MARKETPLACE | OFF-CAMPUS - Dinner (on your own)

06:30PM-09:00PM - ACADEMIC QUAD - Bounce House/Slide, Climbing Wall, KOXY DJs

Day One | New Student Orientation | Resources on Campus - Tuesday, Aug 23

10:30AM-11:30AM - VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON CAMPUS - OPCs and O-Team: Welcome to Oxy!

11:30AM-12:30PM - MARKETPLACE - Lunch (on your own)

11:30AM-12:30PM - INTERCULTURAL COMMUNITY CENTER - First Gen Luncheon (open to parents)

12:30PM-01:15PM - THORNE HALL - Support offered at the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

01:15PM-02:00PM - THORNE HALL - Services and Support offered at Hameetman Career Center

02:00PM-02:30PM - THORNE HALL PATIO - Snack and Refreshment Break

02:30PM-03:15PM - THORNE HALL PATIO - Services and Support offered at ICC

03:15PM-04:00PM - THORNE HALL - Navigating the Library: Exploring the Space and Resources

04:00PM-05:30PM - ACADEMIC QUAD - Academic Fair

05:30PM-06:30PM - JSC QUAD - Sweet Send-Offs

06:30PM-07:30PM - MARKETPLACE - Dinner (REHS RA clusters)

07:30PM-08:30PM - ACADEMIC QUAD - Dance around World w/ Oxy student dance clubs

08:30PM-09:30PM - ACADEMIC QUAD - Hypnotist Show and Silent Disco

Day Two | New Student Orientation | Support Systems - Wednesday, Aug 24

09:00AM-10:00AM - THORNE HALL - Title IX - Civil Rights & Title IX Coordinator Alexandra Fulcher

10:00AM-11:00AM - THORNE HALL - Alcohol and Other Drugs: Abuse Prevention and Support

11:00AM-11:30AM - THORNE HALL PATIO - Snack and Refreshment Break

11:30AM-12:30PM - THORNE HALL - Shared Academic Integrity Commitment

12:30PM-01:30PM - THORNE HALL - When The $h!t Hits the Fan: Support Systems on Campus

01:30PM-02:30PM - MARKETPLACE - Lunch (on your own)

01:30PM-02:30PM - INTERCULTURAL COMMUNITY CENTER - Exchange/Transfer Student Luncheon

02:30PM-04:15PM - THORNE HALL - Ending Sexual Violence and Building Healthy Relationships

04:15PM-04:45PM - THORNE HALL PATIO - Snacks and Refreshment Break

04:45PM-05:45PM - VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON CAMPUS - O-Team Small Group Debrief

06:00PM-07:30PM - MARKETPLACE | TIGER COOLER - Dinner (on your own)

07:30PM-09:00PM - JSC QUAD - Movie on the Quad

Day Three | New Student Orientation | Equity & Justice Day - Thursday, Aug 25

10:00AM-11:00AM - THORNE HALL - Equity and Justice Session: Race & Racism

11:00AM-12:00PM - THORNE HALL - Equity and Justice Session: Anti-Racist Discussion

12:00PM-01:00PM - MARKETPLACE | TIGER COOLER - Lunch Break

01:00PM-02:00PM - THORNE HALL - Equity and Justice Session: Religious Pluralism

02:00PM-03:00PM - THORNE HALL - Equity and Justice Session: Power & Intersectionality

03:00PM-03:30PM - THORNE HALL PATIO - Snack and Refreshment Break

03:30PM-04:30PM - THORNE HALL - Civil Rights & Title IX Office | Discrimination & Harrassment Discussion

04:30PM-05:30PM - VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON CAMPUS - O-Team Small Group Debrief

05:30PM-06:30PM - MARKETPLACE | TIGER COOLER - Dinner (on your own)

06:30PM-08:30PM - PATTERSON FIELD - Playfair

Day Four | Advising and Exchange/Transfer Student Day - Friday, Aug 26

10:00AM-11:00AM - CHOI AUDITORIUM - Transfer Student Support PART II

11:00AM-12:00PM - ACADEMIC QUAD - Academic Advising (Group Meetings)

12:00PM-05:00PM - VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON CAMPUS - Individual Advising Appointments

12:00PM-05:00PM - TBD - Placement Exams

12:00PM-05:00PM - VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON CAMPUS - Student Service Areas Open Houses

12:00PM-05:00PM - RUSH GYM LOAD-IN/OUT - Bengal Bus Target Runs


04:30PM-06:30PM - TBD - Transfer and Exchange Class Registration

Day Five | Registration - Saturday, Aug 27

09:00AM-06:00PM - TBD - Class Registration (First-Years Students)

09:00AM-06:00PM - SANTA MONICA BEACH - Transfer and Exchange Student Beach Day

Day Six | Taking it Easy - Sunday, Aug 28

06:00PM-08:00PM - OXY ARTS | BAGEL + SLICE - Pizza Party and (sneak peak) Art Opening

Day Seven | Convocation - Monday, Aug 29