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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect at New Student Orientation? 
New Student Orientation is a great time to continue building relationships with the Olivet College community and to make sure everything is set for the upcoming fall semester. Students will have an opportunity to connect with faculty, staff and other incoming students as they learn what it’s like to be an OC Comet. During the event, students will meet with an academic adviser to register for classes, visit the resident halls, engage in a campus-wide group activity, attend sessions geared toward their specific interests, enjoy lunch in the Kirk Center and more.

What is the itinerary for New Student Orientation?
Registration will begin in the Mott Academic Center at 8:45 a.m., and the official Orientation program begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 3:30 p.m. For an inside look at what’s to come, view last year’s New Student Orientation Schedule. Parents, guardians, friends and family members are invited to attend orientation, too, and have a schedule all their own. View last year’s Parent Orientation Schedule to see what activities we have planned.

Where do we park for Orientation?
There are many places to park during Orientation. Parking signs will be placed around campus to direct you to the nearest parking lot/space. Click here for the campus map, which can help to identify parking locations on campus. Also, be sure to check out our Virtual Tour to continue familiarizing yourself with campus.

Where do we check-in for Orientation?
Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. and is located in Mott Academic Center’s main lobby.

How do I schedule classes for the fall semester?
We have set aside time for you to meet with a faculty member to assemble your course schedule. This is a great time to get to know an academic adviser, ask questions and talk through courses that interest you. Students will walk away with a finalized class schedule after their afternoon advising session.

Will I see my room?
The Residential Life Department will be on hand to help students view the resident halls during orientation. If your specific room is available for viewing, students can take a peek into their future home-away-from-home. Be sure that you have filled out your Housing Form via your application status page prior to attending Orientation, located at apply.olivetcollege.edu/account/login.

What if I have questions about financial aid?
We highly encourage every student/family to connect with our financial aid team during Orientation. Students can sign up for a one-on-one meeting time when you arrive at Orientation. It is very important to make sure that everything is taken care of before the end of Orientation.

Can I meet with Athletics?
Coaches will be around campus to connect with you during Orientation. We highly encourage you to connect directly with your coach to coordinate a time to meet. Many coaches will join you for check-in, lunch in the Kirk Center and at the conclusion of the day.

Will I get to meet with professors?
A number of professors take part in Orientation to meet with you both one-on-one and in group settings. Students will have an opportunity to connect with a professor during an academic advising session, too. This is a great time to ask questions about the major, class offerings and assembling a course schedule for the fall semester.

Will I get my student ID?
Yes, you will get your official Olivet College student ID. Be prepared to get your picture taken for your student ID, too.

What about student parking passes?
First-year students are allowed to have cars on campus and it’s FREE to register for a parking pass as long as you do it within the first two weeks of classes. At Move-In Day, students will register for a parking pass in the lobby of their respective resident halls.

What happens after New Student Orientation?
After attending Orientation, it is important to stay connected with your admissions and financial aid representatives to make sure any last-minute details are taken care of before Move-In Day. Students should make sure they are checking for email correspondence in preparation for the beginning of the semester. More details about Move-In Day will be provided as we near the date.

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