What Is New Student Orientation?

We know adjusting to college is both exciting and tough. New Student Orientation (NSO) provides you with the tools to make the transition to life on campus as smooth as possible. Orientation begins with move-in and lasts until the first day of classes. You will be assigned to an orientation group led by our wonderful team of Orientation Leaders. These second-year students are experts on the Oxford campus and will help guide you through your first days at Oxford.

New Student Orientation Details

New Student Orientation will begin after move-in on August 23. You will receive a detailed schedule in July. New Student Orientation is designed to welcome you to the Oxford community and make your transition to campus as smooth as possible. You'll experience traditions such as the Oxford Olympics and have opportunities to meet faculty, staff, and students.

What's planned for move-in day

9:00 a.m.–NoonMove-In
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.Campus Tours (depart every 30 minutes)
Noon–2:00 p.m.Oxford Expo Resource Fair and Campus Tours
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.Lunch
2:15–2:30 p.m.New Student Orientation Welcome
2:30–3:15 p.m.Orientation Leader Groups*
3:30–4:20 p.m.Discovery Seminar Adviser Welcome*
4:30–5:00 p.m.Coke Toast and Parent Farewell

*Parent and family sessions take place during this time.

What Else Will We Do?

There are a variety of activities planned throughout orientation including social, wellness, and academic programs. You will participate in many of Oxford's beloved traditions including the annual Coca-Cola toast and Oxford Olympics. You will also meet one-on-one with your faculty adviser, who will help you start your academic career at Oxford. Most of all, you will begin to find your place in the Oxford community and have some fun while you do it! 

Can Family Members Attend Orientation?

Give Us a Head Count

The link to register will be shared in the Eagle Update emails. Please register by August 1 to let us know how many family members and supporters will be joining you and to request a specific t-shirt size. 

Students can invite family and supporters to campus to help them move in. We have a special program for guests on Friday, August 23, which will end just before dinner. 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 Emory email communications 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 at Oxford College.

Pre-Orientation Program

Ignite Oxford

2024 Ignite Oxford Pre-Orientation: Monday, August 19 – Thursday, August 22, 2024

Total Number of Ignite Participants: 80

Type of Registration: Online, 2-step process; First come, first served

Cost: $225

As our newest community members, you’re invited to connect with peers and second-year students through our immersive pre-orientation program for first-year Oxford campus students!

Ignite Oxford is an immersive 4-day, 3-night optional experience dedicated to building community and helping incoming students acclimate to Oxford College prior to the start of New Student Orientation.

Through a variety of group activities, Ignite Oxford helps incoming students gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be an Oxford student. You will set in motion your own "OX-perience." Connect with other incoming first-year students and learn about student life from second-year mentors. Experience Oxford culture and traditions. Explore the surrounding communities, build a network of support, and grow a sense of belonging through social opportunities and peer-to-peer mentorship. At the end of week, enter New Student Orientation with confidence and excitement.

Who Can Participate in Ignite Oxford?

All incoming first-year students are eligible to participate, except for students on an F1 visa. Students on an F1 visa are required to participate in International Student Welcome, which takes place at the same time as Ignite Oxford.

If you are an Oxford College varsity athlete who is arriving to campus early and you are interested in attending Ignite Oxford, please email oxfordorientation@emory.edu to learn how Ignite Oxford can fit into your pre-season schedule.

Cost & Financial Aid

Ignite Oxford costs $225 for each participant. This covers the cost of housing, meals, transportation, programming, activities, and Ignite Oxford swag!

We aim to accommodate student needs and will provide financial assistance for students who express need. If your deposit fee was waived when you applied to Emory, you qualify for a pre-orientation fee waiver. If you did not receive the deposit fee waiver but payment for this program is burdensome for you, please contact oxfordorientation@emory.edu at your earliest convenience.

If you are unable to participate in Ignite Oxford and wish to withdraw from the program, you must do so by July 15 to receive a full refund. Any cancellations between July 16 and August 2 will be eligible for a half-refund. After August 2, you will not receive a refund for cancelling unless there is an extenuating circumstance. We will do our best to accommodate as we are able, so please let us know as soon as possible if you can no longer participate.

For more information about Ignite Oxford, click here!

Ready to register? Complete our 2-step registration process, beginning here!

NOTE: You must complete both forms to complete your registration for Ignite Oxford 2024.