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New Student Orientation

FALL Welcome to Ouachita's World

Friday, August 16 - Monday, August 19, 2024


The purpose of new student orientation is to introduce you to life at Ouachita and to help you make the most of the opportunities that await you.

During Welcome to Ouachita’s World (WOW), you will have the opportunity to get to know other new students, meet some of Ouachita’s outstanding faculty and staff and spend time with WOW student leaders.

New student orientation will provide you valuable information about the resources that are here for you, as well as help you get plugged in across campus.

We are committed to your success and to helping you achieve your educational and personal goals. WOW is all about you, so jump in and take advantage of all that orientation offers! Welcome to Ouachita!

WOW kicks off with move-in on August 16 and wraps up with the Purple & Gold Party on August 19. A detailed schedule will be posted closer to the event.

What does WOW stand for?
WOW stands for “Welcome to Ouachita’s World” which is Ouachita’s New Student Orientation event.

What Ouachita traditions will we experience at WOW?
WOW itself, is the first big tradition that new students will take part in. It offers a taste of all that Ouachita has to offer!

Where should I check for WOW updates?
We will post updates on this webpage, obu.edu/wow.

Will I need money for WOW activities?
No, WOW activities are already covered in your orientation fees, so nothing will have to be out-of-pocket.

Where do I get my nametag?
At the tent in front of Cone-Bottoms Hall from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Will I have time to get my student ID and pick up books from the bookstore?
Yes! If you haven’t had your ID photo taken, Student Development will be open for you have your Ouachita student ID made.

Where & when do I pick up my parking pass?
Campus Safety will be distributing and applying parking permits during move-in. 



Check out this video to get a glimpse into what WOW in the fall typically looks like.

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