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2018 OVU New Student Orientation - Aug 16-20

OVU Compass is an orientation program for all new OVU students (freshman, transfers, commuters, residents). Your first year at Ohio Valley University is very important to your ultimate success as a college student. We've carefully designed this program with many exciting first year activities to help you to get the most out of your time on campus.

The major components of the First Year include:

  • COMPASS: New Student Orientation the first week, designed to familiarize you with OVU policies and culture, and to help you meet new friends and university staff.
    Transfer Students: It is recommended that you participate in all Compass Orientation activities.
  • UNIVERSITY 101: designed and coordinated by Student Success staff, and taught by various faculty, who will--along with a student mentor--guide and provide you opportunities for personal reflection and enhancing your life and study skills.
    NOTE: The highlighted activities on the schedule below (also marked with an asterisk) are considered part of your attendance for University 101 and will comprise approx. 15% of your grade.

When Should I Arrive?

All new students are to check in between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM on August 16.

  • If you have already pre-registered during Kickstart in June or July, you will be given a Fast Pass at check-in and be able to move in right away if living on campus.
  • If you did not pre-register in June or July, you will need to register on August 16--if you are living on campus we recommend coming earlier in the day to take care of this before moving in.
  • Commuters - after following the applicable steps above, you are free to leave campus. Plan to return for the start of Orientation activities.
NOTE TO ALL: Orientation activities start at 5:00 PM. See full schedule below.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Your day begins between 8:00AM - 2:00PM (see "When Should I Arrive" above for details). We are excited to have you on campus!

5:00PM Family Cookout
Dining Hall - $8.00 for all non-OVU students
6:30PM Parent & New Student Information Session*
Roberts Hall
7:00PM Welcome from the President*
Roberts Hall
7:30PM OVU Express & Ambassadors
Roberts Hall
10:00PM Mandatory Meeting for Residents*
Roberts Hall

Friday, August 17, 2018



Dining Hall

8:30AM Group Devotional and Group Assignments*
Roberts Hall
9:00AM Session*
9:30AM Session*
10:00AM Session*
10:30AM Session*
11:00AM Session*
12:00PM Lunch
Dining Hall
1:00PM Mixers and Ice Breakers*
Student Center
3:00PM Q & A Student Panel
Roberts Hall
4:00PM Campus Tour
OVU Campus
5:00PM Dinner
Dining Hall
6:30PM Music Auditions: A Cappella Singers & Jazz Ensemble
Room 11
8:00PM Bowling at Emerson Lanes
Off-Campus - Parkersburg, WV
10:00PM Devo

Saturday, August 18, 2018

12:00PM Brunch
Dining Hall
4:00PM Explore Marietta*
Marietta, OH
5:30PM Dinner in the Park*
Muskingham Park (Marietta, OH)
7:00PM Movie in Marietta
The Odyssey
10:00PM Bonfire Devotional

Sunday, August 19, 2018

12:00PM Brunch
Dining Hall
2:00PM Special Interest Stations - You Pick!*
Various Locations
4:30PM Dinner
Dining Hall
8:00PM Ice Cream Social*
(sponsored by the OVU Student Government Association)

Dining Hall
10:30PM Singing in the Stairwell Devo

Monday, August 20, 2018

7:30AM Breakfast
Dining Hall
8:30AM Bible Testing*
Room 139
9:30AM Helping Hands Keynote Address*
Roberts Hall
10:00AM Helping Hands*
12:00PM Lunch
Dining Hall
1:00PM Learning Discussion*
Roberts Hall
4:30PM Dinner
Dining Hall
7:00PM EXPO*
Alumni Gym
10:00 PM Devo

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

8:00AM First Day of Classes Begin
11:00AM First Chapel
Roberts Chapel

Subject to change with notice. Revised 06/24/18


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