Incoming Freshmen Issued Passport to College Life

Fresh faces!

The university’s annual OU Passport summer orientation event held recently on campus gave incoming freshmen a taste of what their new and exciting college lives will be like this fall!  The new Petrels met with their academic advisors to register for their first college classes and received a warm welcome and academic advice from  Provost Denise von Herrmann.

Smile for your Petrel Pass!

A 21st century version of a scavenger hunt (for QR codes!) provided a fun activity for the new students to learn their way around campus.  Tours of the residence halls offered a peek into their new “homes away from home” and a chance to start planning how to decorate. Smiles came across their faces as the newly issued and still warm Petrel Passes were placed into their hands for the first time.

A passport to Oglethorpe!

Parents and students alike picked up Oglethorpe t-shirts at the bookstore where students also could get a copy of the common reading book, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, that will be discussed by the entire class at various times during their freshman year. Toward the end of the day, Petey the Stormy Petrel mascot joined the crowd on the quad to enjoy some Rita’s Ice and help wrap up a very busy and exciting day.  We’re looking forward to welcoming more incoming freshman for the second OU Passport on July 13!

Visit the Flickr album to see more photos from throughout the day.

Welcome, Oglethorpe University Class of 2016!

Time to show your Petrel spirit!



Welcome, Freshmen!

Campus for certainly looked a whole lot different from what we’re used to seeing  in the summer.  That’s because Oglethorpe hosted one of its annual OU Passport events, an all-day orientation for incoming students and their families.  For many of the attendees, this was their first day on campus.  Members of the Class of 2014 mingled with classmates, met professors, and signed up for classes.

As always, the Admission department had plenty of welcome activities planned for them, from the ‘OU Amazing Race’ in the morning, to a BBQ luncheon, to dorm tours later in the day. More than 50 student volunteers were also on hand, meeting the new students and helping with the event throughout the day.

One of the featured activities was freshmen seminars, in which new students had the opportunity to sample classes they might take in the fall, like Core and Special Topics courses. There was some down time as well, as students could be seen playing frisbee and croquet on the quad. While the new Petrels got a dose of campus life, their parents attended meetings regarding finances, academics, and scholarship opportunities.

This was the second OU Passport day this summer, as Oglethorpe gets ready for its biggest freshman class to date.  Scroll down for more smiling faces!