Welcome New Polar Bears!

Your new journey at Ohio Northern University is about to begin. There are many important things to address in order to begin a successful journey.  ALL NEW FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS are required to attend our two-step Orientation Program.

This includes:

  • A one-day Summer Orientation Program (May 20, June 17 or 24)
  • The four-day Welcome Weekend (August 18-21)

Register for Summer Orientation today!


Join the Orientation Teams!

Get involved with the orientation program at ONU and help our new polar bears transition to campus!

Orientation Leaders

The Orientation Leaders, OLs, are a group of 45 individuals with a love and passion for ONU who want to help new students transition during Welcome Weekend.  OLs will arrive early to campus to prepare for opening weekend and attend all events throughout Welcome Weekend along with the new students.  Each OL will lead a small group of students and serve as a resource as students learn about ONU.  Interested individuals need to be available for fall training beginning on August 15 and also throughout Welcome Weekend which concludes on August 21. For additional information, refer to the Orientation Leader Position Description.

Applications are available online.  There are two different applications--new applicants and previous Orientation Leaders.  Please be sure to complete the correct application!  All materials are due by Friday, February 12, at 5:00p.m.