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10 key takeaways from Business Bobcat student orientation

Friday, June 24 2016 12:00am

Each weekday from Tues., May 31 through Fri., June 24, College of Business faculty and staff welcomed our newest #BusinessBobcats at Bobcat Student Orientation.

By Brianna Wilson

Future Business Bobcats and their parents attended Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO), a two-day orientation program at Ohio University, between Tues., May 31 and Fri., June 24.

While Michael Bila, assistant dean for student services spoke with parents, Ebony Porter and Lori Mardis, student success advisers, and Beatrice Selotlegeng, director of the Junior Executive Business Program, answered student questions and walked them through the process of registering for classes.

“It was really helpful, especially because I had no idea how to sign up for the classes I should take,” said Brittany Schambach, ’20.

Here are 10 key takeaways our future #BusinessBobcats should remember before returning to campus this fall. 

1. Support systems: We’re here to help you excel. That’s why we have an entire student services team, two required career courses, and an Office of Career Management ready to assist with internships, resumes, cover letters, and more. Learn more about how we can help you.

2. Online resources: Where do you register for classes? Who can you go to for tutoring? How can you declare a major? There are so many questions as a new Business Bobcat! Here are several key websites to help you navigate year one:

  • The College of Business website, which holds information about majors, degree requirements, the Office of Career Management, and more
  • The Office of the Registrar website, which is home to several key documents and tools including the course catalog, policies, and forms; the academic calendar and final exam schedules; registration; and graduation application
  • The Academic Advancement Center (AAC) aims to help students succeed by offering services like tutoring, supplemental instruction, and skills courses
  • The Financial Aid and Scholarships website offers information about scholarships, tuition, applying for financial aid, and more

3. Available degrees: Students can earn two degrees within the College of Business. Sport management majors earn a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management (BSM), while all other business majors earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). Academic advisers and our career courses can help you explore which path is right for you.  

4. Four-year guided pathway: We are committed to partnering with students to ensure on-time graduation by providing sufficient sections of courses, qualified professors, classroom environments that are conducive to learning, and quality academic advising. We’ll help you find a major before sophomore year, register for classes on time, and provide all of the support you need to succeed.

5. Academic advising: Professional academic advisers collaborate with faculty to provide individualized advising to all College of Business students. You’ll meet with an adviser each semester before registration, and advisers also have drop-in hours so you can talk with them about ongoing academic success and career management throughout the year. 

6. Learning communities: Learning communities give first-year students a chance to take a common set of courses together to develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Business Bobcat, build relationships, and adjust to college. Learn more about learning community options.

7. Majors: You might not know your major; and that’s OK! Or, you may think you know it now, and change it later. Either way, we’re here to help you explore your options and find the right major—and career path—for you.

8. Credits: Beginning this year, Business Bobcats need 120 credit hours to graduate. Fulltime students should take 15 to 18 credit hours each semester. This might sound like a lot of information to digest, but academic advisers recommended course sequences and help find the right schedule for you.

9. Minimum GPA requirement: If you have less than a 2.5 GPA after two semesters at Ohio University, you will be transferred out of the College of Business and into University College—but we are here to help you succeed within the College through academic advisers, career coaches, and open-door policies. Learn more about this policy in the College of Business section of the OHIO 2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog.

10. Freshman Convocation: Sat., Aug. 20, beginning at 1 p.m. in Nelson Commons, faculty and staff will gather to welcome the class of 2020 at a formal program, followed by a reception (with ice cream treats). Don’t forget to wear your business attire. We can’t wait to meet you!

Learn more about Bobcat Student Orientation online and follow them on Twitter at @OHIObso or #OHIOBSO, or on Snapchat at OHIOBSO.