Parents: Frequently Asked Questions


What is IntroDUCKtion/New Student Orientation and why is it required?
How does the UO help students adjust to college once they arrive in the fall?
How do I ensure that my student has all the necessary paperwork in order?

What is IntroDUCKtion/New Student Orientation and why is it required?

UO's two-day summer orientation program, which takes place in July, is required for new students because it's the best way for us to help ease the transition to college life and ensure your student's future success at the UO. The program brings together many people, services, and resources for you and your student, so when your student returns in the fall, he or she is ready. That’s why we require students to attend IntroDUCKtion in order to register for classes.
The summer orientation program features both academic and transition-related components, including:

  • Academic advising, first-term schedule planning, and course registration
  • Required placement tests in math and foreign language 
  • Student ID pictures and pickup 
  • Overviews of campus life, student support services, technology services, and student groups and clubs
  • Information sessions with current students, professors, and academic advisers regarding expectations, opportunities, and resources at UO
  • Opportunities to get to know the campus and see the library, classrooms, and other buildings
  • An optional stay in a residence hall

Orientation isn't just for students. Parents play an important role in student success, so we plan a program to help them learn about resources, programs, and support services. Some parent-specific programs include sessions on housing, career services, academic success, and helping your student succeed. Parents and students are together for some of these sessions, but parents have their own sessions while students are taking exams, meeting with current students, and choosing classes in their individual advising appointments. By participating in orientation with your student, you will feel even more prepared to participate in your student's success at the UO.

How does the UO help students adjust to college once they arrive in the fall?

Week of Welcome (WOW), a comprehensive orientation program, begins the week before the start of fall term. Directed by professional staff and current undergraduate students, WOW includes information sessions and open houses as well as academic, cultural, and social events. Plus, new students move into their residence halls during this time.

Some events are required, some are optional, but all are designed to get students acquainted with the UO. WOW is a great way for your child to interact with other students as they all learn about the UO's resources, opportunities, and expectations.

Students who were unable to attend the new student summer orientation program (IntroDUCKtion) must check-in to WOW two days before the normal start date, as this will be their last opportunity for academic advising, which is the only way to register for classes.

How do I ensure that my student has all the necessary paperwork in order?

Once your child has applied, your student's list of things to do will grow along with the reminders that come in the mail. Please review the following checklist to make sure nothing is overlooked:

  • As soon as your student is admitted to the UO (and not before) they will be able to apply for housing and sign the housing contract online. Space is limited, so apply as soon as possible. More information is available on the University Housing website.
  • Financial aid application. The earlier your student submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the better. (You can get more information about this federal form from the UO's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.) For maximum consideration, be sure to submit before March 1, although we recommend completing the application by January 31.
  • A helpful pamphlet is sent to your student to remind them of upcoming dates and deadlines.
  • Decision letters. If your student applied by the deadline, the Office of Admissions mails out decision letters beginning in April. If admitted, a booklet titled “Chart Your Course” is included. This covers information about New Student Orientation (IntroDUCKtion) and Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs). Your student will follow the instructions inside “Chart Your Course” to sign up for IntroDUCKtion.
  • Intent to Register. Once admitted, your student will receive an Intent to Register Form and be asked to submit a $200 advance tuition deposit, due by the date listed on the form. For most students this will be May 2, the national response to colleges deadline. Online payment of the advance tuition deposit by electronic check or credit card is recommended for fastest processing. The deposit must be paid by the due date to guarantee a space in the freshman class. This indicates your student's intention to attend the UO and will be credited to your student's first tuition and fees bill. 
  • Admit packet. Sent out once your student is admitted and has paid the advance tuition deposit, it includes information on the academic calendar and disability services and also provides important forms from the UO Health Center and Billing Office.
  • Confirmation to IntroDUCKtion. Your student will receive this upon registering for IntroDUCKtion. 
  • Moving Guide and housing assignment. In August, your student will receive information on their next big step—moving to the UO campus! Plus, if they chose to have a roommate, they’ll learn who it is and will have the chance to contact their roommate-to-be!
  • Week of Welcome (WOW). Students will receive information about the upcoming activities that take place during their Week of Welcome, which occurs the week before the start of fall classes. Students who were unable to attend IntroDUCKtion in the summer will attend additional orientation meetings during WOW. This is the time when they meet with their academic adviser and register for classes.