A City. An Experience. A Family. A Home.

OxyEngage is an optional pre-orientation program that half of incoming students participate in to get an introduction to the vibrant city of Los Angeles. Over two days, upperclassmen facilitators lead trips to experience culture, film, food, nature, social justice, the urban environment, and much more! On an OxyEngage trip you will connect with students, get to know your surrounding area, and find some stunning places you will want to return to time and time again. 

The OxyEngage pre-orientation program takes place during the three days prior to new student move-in. Registration for 2019 will be live from June 1st, 2019 until July 1st, 2019. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at oxyengage@oxy.edu.

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Orientation Programs

OxyEngage is a pre-orientation program for students only. As the content and goals of the OxyEngage program are different yet complementary, all participants of OxyEngage are also required to also participate in New Student Orientation. On the day of OxyEngage Move-In, Family members are welcome to participate in a mini-Family Orientation Session (described below) or they can choose to return to campus for the full Family Orientation Program. International Students should communicate with our International Programs Office regarding participation in OxyEngage.

Registration & Costs

Registration for OxyEngage opens on June 1, 2019; the registration link will be available on this page. You can read the 2019 Trip Descriptions to get an idea of what locations each trip will visit. All destinations will be finalized over the summer. Financial assistance for OxyEngage can be requested when you complete the registration.

*Student athletes need to be aware of their team's practice requirements. Historically, Soccer, Water Polo, Football, Volleyball, and Cross Country have had mandatory practice during the OxyEngage dates. Please work directly with your coach to verify if you are able to participate in OxyEngage.


The following dates are tentative and conditional on confirmed new students move-in dates: 
Students participating in OxyEngage must arrive at Oxy on Monday, August 19, 2019, between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Any students on the Santa Barbara Camping trip must arrive by 12:00 p.m. on August 19. Students will be also able to move in to their permanent rooms on Monday, August 19.

We will provide shuttle services from Burbank Airport (BUR) during OxyEngage arrival on August 19, 2019. Students arriving at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) must get their own transportation to Oxy (taxi, ride share, airport shuttle). Recommended sites for cheap flights: Airfare Watchdog, Student Universe, Kayak, Priceline.

Parents/Family Mini Orientation

The following dates are tentative and conditional on confirmed new students move-in dates:
There will be a mini-Family Orientation Program & Welcome Reception on Monday, August 19, 2019, from 1:30-6 p.m., where Oxy staff and administrators will be present to meet you and answer questions; additional information about this program and how to RSVP will be available in summer 2019.

Ideally, we would like adult family members to participate in Family Orientation (August 22 - 23) but we understand it is a big commitment to be in Los Angeles for that extended period of time if you choose to arrive with your student on Monday, August 19. For that reason, we advise students travel to campus on their own to participate in OxyEngage and have their adult family members come to LA for the Family Program later in the week. 

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