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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!

Friday, Aug. 16

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. – Move In

3:00-3:45 p.m. – New Beginnings, Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC)

3:45-4:30 p.m. – See You Soon! Lawn Party, Cone-Bottoms Lawn

The remainder of the Orientation schedule is for students only.

4:30-6:00 p.m. – WOW Family Group Rally – then follow your new group to small group time

6:00-7:00 p.m. – Dinner, Ouachita Commons

8:00-9:00 p.m. – Community Worship Celebration, JPAC

9:00-11:00 p.m. – Choose Your Own Adventure: Games, Sports, Movie

Saturday, Aug. 17

10:00-11:00 a.m. – WOW Family Time – Community

11:00-11:45 a.m. – Student Life at Ouachita

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00-3:00 p.m. – Residence Hall Meetings

3:00-4:30 p.m. – WOW Family Time – The Reason We’re Here

5:00-6:00 p.m. – Academic Majors Mixer

6:00-7:30 p.m. – Dinner

7:30-9:00 p.m. – Scoops (Dessert) at Faculty/Staff Homes

9:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. – Coffeehouse: Live Music @DrJacks

Sunday, Aug. 18

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Church with Family Groups

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:30-5:00 p.m. – WOW Group Fun & Games (Trivia/Speed Friending/Bingo /Treats/Prizes)

5:00-6:00 p.m. – Dinner

6:00-7:00 p.m. – WOW Family Time – Traditions

7:00-9:00 p.m. – Water Games and Sno Cones

Monday, Aug. 19

8:00-9:30 a.m. – Breakfast

9:30-10:30 a.m. – What You Need to Know Before Classes Start Tomorrow

10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Various specialized orientations and auditions

12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00-4:00 p.m. – Get to Know Ouachita Rotations

5:00-6:30 p.m. – Dinner

7:00-7:45 p.m. – WOW Family Time Coming to a Close

7:45-8:30 p.m. – Tigers4Life

8:30-9:00 p.m. – Beanie Ceremony

9:00-10:30(ish) p.m. – Purple and Gold Dessert Party and Karaoke

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?
Your nametag and schedule will be waiting for you when you move in your room.

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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