Parent and Family Relations

About You / First Year Parents

Orientation Information


Welcome to our Buckeye Family!

The orientation process is a great way for you and your student to become acclimated to the Ohio State experience!  During orientation, your student will have the opportunity to meet other new students, ask questions about the Buckeye experience, and begin the process of embarking on her/his college education. 

Orientation is also a great time for you, as a parent, to begin your Ohio State experience.  Whether a returning parent, an Ohio State Alumni, or a new member to our Buckeye community, orientation also affords parents and families the opportunity to ask questions, meet other families, and begin the process of transitioning to having a student at college.  Parent and Family Relations is here to support you and your students.  We will have a table each morning in the Drake Union where we can answer your questions and tell you a bit more about our office.  We are also present during your Parent and Family lunch during your first day.  Be sure to look us up and say hello!

Prior to attending new student orientation, there are a few steps you and your student can take to make the experience as beneficial as possible.
1. Bring a list of questions that you need to have answered and make a plan for which questions are more appropriate for you or your student to answer.
2. Understand the schedule and where those questions can get answered and where university business can be completed. You can view the orientation schedule for new first semester freshmen on-line here.
3. Make certain your student prepares for orientation by completing the orientation preparation materials through Carmen (where a sample schedule is located), including the placement tests that can be completed prior to orientation (such as math placement testing). For more information on math placement testing, click here.
4. Know that you will be with your student for certain sessions – sometimes seated together and sometimes separately – and in different parts of campus for others (like the day one lunch). Rally points are provided so that you know where you can meet back up with your student at appropriate times.