What is New Student Orientation?

We know adjusting to college is both exciting and tough. Orientation provides you with the tools to make the transition into life on campus as smooth as possible. Make new friends and settle into your new home all before classes start in the fall.

When is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation begins with move-in and lasts until the first day of classes. Students will move in on Friday, August 20th (more information about timing will be released later this summer). After you move into your Residence Hall, you will begin the Orientation program. You will be assigned to an orientation group led by our wonderful team of Orientation Leaders. These sophomore students are experts on the Oxford campus and will help guide you through the program.

What will we do?

There are a variety of activities planned throughout orientation that include social, wellness and academic programs. You will participate in many of Oxfords beloved traditions including the annual Coca-Cola toast and Oxford Olympics. You will also meet one-on-one with your faculty advisor who will help you get started on your academic career at Oxford. Most of all, you will begin to find your place in the Oxford community and have some fun in the meantime! The full schedule will be released in late July.

Can family members attend Orientation?

Students are able to invite two guests to campus to help them move in. We have a special program for those family members on Friday, August 20 that will end that evening. At that point, we ask that family members depart campus and allow their students to fully engage in the rest of the program.

What do I need to do now?

To prepare for your arrival on campus, make sure you are keeping up with your communications (check your email often!) and completing the items on your Summer Checklist, including the Emory Essentials course. This will give you all the tools you need for a successful start!

Contact oxfordorientation@emory.edu or 770.784.4659. 

Pre-Orientation Program

Ignite Leadership Program

Ignite Leadership is a 4-day pre-orientation program hosted by Oxford College and Emory College. The program is designed to provide a cohort of incoming first-year students with opportunities to become acclimated to Oxford College, Emory College, and surrounding Atlanta communities. Through both large and small group presentations and activities, incoming first-year students learn more about what it means to participate in the process of leadership as Emory students. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to build a sense of community and engage with faculty, staff, and student leaders before orientation begins.

All incoming Fall admit first-year students are invited to participate in Ignite Leadership. Click here for More information about registration. Please note, while you may see other programs on the Emory University website, this is the only pre-orientation program offered by Oxford College.