AT OU it is important to us that you are able to engage and transition smoothly into the college experience. FYEA provides programs and services that support students’ academic success and personal adjustment to university life.
An important goal of freshman advising is to introduce all first time Oakwood University students to the advising process. During the first year, College Advisers help students to select Core Curriculum courses, balance study and extracurricular activities, and think about possible majors. The major components of this program include assigned advisors for each academic department, specialized advisors for at-risk students, and management of the departmental degree planners.
The course is designed to effectively guide new students toward academic success through the utilization of cutting edge study and learning strategies. All new students admitted to Oakwood University on academic probation and/or having a composite score of less than 17 on the ACT or less than 840 on the SAT are required to take OU 097 the first semester.
This course is a general education requirement for all freshmen and any new student entering with less than 30 semester hours of transfer credit. The seminar is designed to provide pertinent information to help new students to make the most of university life. As part of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) this course will introduce and emphasize the critical thinking process through writing. It will also focus on challenges that integrate the academic, social, and spiritual facets of life, therefore, placing an emphasis on opening the doors to “Education, Excellence, and Eternity.”
Orientation week gives all new students an opportunity to arrive early and learn about their new surroundings before the influx of the returning students. It is a time of transitioning - taking off the old and putting on the new. During this week, new students, both Freshmen and Transfer, learn what it means to become an “Oakwood Man” and an “Oakwood Woman”. All new students should plan to attend this once in a lifetime event in order to help secure their academic success.
During the first year experience, students will participate in the OU Stay Connected learning communities. In these small learning communities, students will engage in various activities with their assigned house. These planned activities are designed to promote spiritual academic, professional and social growth throughout their first year experience and beyond. By becoming connected, students will stay connected.
Summer Reading for Incoming Freshmen
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