Oswald and OTeam members prepare for move in day on campus

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

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

Stay tuned for New Student Orientation dates. Orientation will begin in late August after move-in. Orientation is designed to foster a dynamic, celebratory, and welcoming environment where new students can 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 Occidental’s commitment to equity, excellence, and service. For more information, email swillison@oxy.edu.

Parents and family members: check out our New Family Orientation schedule here!

 

Goals

  • Celebrate new students, build excitement, and reaffirm their choice in Occidental College.
  • Demonstrate that Occidental is a welcoming, engaging, and inclusive campus.
  • Provide a framework for four years of success through the communication of expectations, norms, and standards.
  • Honor a distinctive interdisciplinary and multicultural academic program.
  • Introduce a culture of care, high-impact involvement opportunities, and outstanding leadership development programs.
  • Identify shared aspirations of social justice, cultural competence, and engaged citizenship.
  • Educate students about sexual misconduct and discrimination, harassment, and retaliation policies.

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to convey their own purpose of education.
  • Participants will be able to define Occidental’s mission and describe where their personal goals and values align with the College’s vision.
  • Participants will be able to identify campus resources and student services that support their educational and personal development.
  • Participants will be able to identify community engagement and leadership development opportunities.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the importance of building a personal connection to the campus community.
  • Participants will reflect on and assess the New Student Orientation, detailing their experiences and opportunities for program growth.

Orientation 2024

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    • JSC Quad | Welcome Center and Check-In w/ REHS, Family Orientation, Card Services, OPCs and O-Team 
  • 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

    • Residence Halls | Living on Campus: Expectations and Community Building - REHS RAs (subject to change based on REHS planning)
  • 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

  • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    • Marketplace | Dinner 
  • 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

    • JSC Quad | SLICE - Late Night Programming 

  • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

    • Thorne Auditorium | Academic Integrity
  • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

    • Thorne Auditorium | CCBL Overview
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

    • Various Locations on Campus | O-Team Time*

*O-Team leaders connect with their groups, discuss the upcoming sessions, and schedule 30-minute 1-on-1 check-ins.

  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 

    • Marketplace | Lunch
    • Branca Patio | First Gen Luncheon (open to parents too)
       
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    • Johnson Atrium & Library (Main Floor) | Wellness Break
  • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  

    • Various Locations on Campus | Academic Resource Rotations | Getting to Your Resources
  • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

    • Academic Quad | Academic Fair
  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    • JSC Quad | Sweet Send-Offs
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    • Marketplace | Dinner 
  • 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

    • JSC Quad | SLICE - Late Night Programming 
    • Vidiots | Clueless

  • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

    • Thorne Auditorium | Wellbeing at Oxy 
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    • Johnson Hall | Language Placement Exams
    • Booth Hall | Music Placement Exams
    • Various Locations | Wellness Break 
       
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
     
    • Johnson Atrium & Library (Main Floor) | Wellness Break
  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

    • Marketplace | Lunch 
    • Branca Patio | Transfer Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

    • Thorne Auditorium | Project SAFE
  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Wellness Rotation 1)

    • Various Locations | Spiritual Well Being, Emmons - Alcohol Other Drugs, Title IX & Civil Rights, Real Talk with Care
  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m (Wellness Rotation 2)

    • Various Locations | ORSL, Emmons - AOD, Title IX & DHR, Real Talk with Care
  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Wellness Rotation 3) 

    • Various Locations | ORSL, Emmons - AOD, Title IX & DHR, Real Talk with Care
  • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. (Wellness Rotation 4)

    • Various Locations | ORSL, Emmons - AOD, Title IX & DHR, Real Talk with Care
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    • Marketplace | Dinner 
  • 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

    • JSC Quad | SLICE - Late Night Programming

  • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

    • Thorne Hall | Introducing Bias Education and Support Team
  • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (JEID Rotation 1)

    • Various Locations: Breakout Groups 
      • Antisemitism Education (Zack Ritter)
      • Identity, Power and Privilege Community Building (Danielle Harris, Associate Director for Racial Equity, Intercultural Community Center)
      • Understanding Islamophobia (Marium Mohiuddin)
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (JEID Rotation 2)

    • Various Locations: Breakout Groups 
      • Antisemitism Education (Guest Speaker)
      • Identity, Power and Privilege Community Building (Danielle Harris, Associate Director for Racial Equity, Intercultural Community Center)
      • Understanding Islamophobia (Guest Speaker)
  • 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. 

    • Marketplace | Lunch
       
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
    • Johnson Atrium & Library (Main Floor) | Wellness Break 
  • 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. 

    • Various Locations | O-Team Check-In
  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (JEID Rotation 3)

    • Various Locations: Breakout Groups 
      • Antisemitism Education (Guest Speaker)
      • Identity, Power and Privilege Community Building (Danielle Harris, Associate Director for Racial Equity, Intercultural Community Center)
      • Understanding Islamophobia (Guest Speaker)
  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    • Thorne Auditorium | JEID Keynote (Nick Daily)
    • Athletics | One Tiger Many Stripes (Cori) 
  • 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 

    • Academic Quad | Ice Cream with Campus Safety
  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    • Marketplace | Dinner
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    • Intercultural Community Center | Affinity Mixer
    • Lower Herrick | Spiritual Mixer
    • Lavender Lounge | Queer Mixer
  • 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

    • Academic Quad | SLICE - Late Night Programming

  • 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    • Cannon Plaza | Matriculation
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    • Academic Quad | Academic Advising (Group Meetings)
  • 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    • Various Locations on Campus | Individual Advising Appointments (as scheduled with faculty advisers)
  • 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    • Tiger Cooler | Student Services and Clubs Info Tables 
  • 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    • Fowler | Center for Community-Based Learning Open House
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    • Marketplace | TIGER COOLER | Dinner
  • 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

    • Residence Halls | REHS Late Night Programming

  • 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    • Library/Academic Commons | Class Registration (First-Years) 
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    • Off Campus | Transfer, Exchange, and VLAs Trip 
  • 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    • Oxy Arts | Oxy Arts Fall Preview
  • 6:30 - 07:30 p.m.

    • Marketplace | Dinner

  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

    • JSC Studemund | Transfer Student Union Mixer
  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    • Johnson Hall | First Year Senate Info Session
  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    • Johnson Hall | ASOC Meet and Greet
  • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    • Patterson Field | Men’s and Women’s Soccer Scrimmage

  • President's Office | Convocation 

Go get em, Tigers! 

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