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First Year Experience

WELCOME …
to your first year experience at Ohio University Southern.
The first year of college is an exciting time: a time of growth, exploration, challenge, and change. Ohio University Southern is committed to providing an outstanding first year experience for our students. Opportunities available to our first year students include:

ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES

Academic opportunities for first year students include courses with a focus on increasing academic success.  Specific courses will focus on academic planning, motivation, test taking, time management, study skills, leadership skills, utilizing computer resources, and other topics of interest to first year students. more...

LEARNING COMMUNITIES

First Year Students

First year students may choose to participate in one of five Learning Communities.  Each community consists of two linked courses sharing a common theme.  more...



SOCIAL EVENTS

The university experience isn’t only about academics; it’s also about getting involved, building friendships, and being engaged in campus life.  Mixers, concerts, trips to Athens for football and basketball games, and cultural and social events are just a few of the special events planned for first year students. more...

Dean’s Welcome for 1st Year Students
Ohio University Southern, Ironton

Join Dr. Dan Evans, Dean of Ohio University Southern, for the Dean’s Welcome for First Year Students. The evening will include food, music, games, and prizes. Campus tours will also be available to help get you ready for your first Semester as a Bobcat.

Dean Evans has cleared his schedule just to spend time with you and your fellow classmates, so your attendance is expected.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on August 20th from 6p-8:30p at Ohio University’s
Southern Campus in Ironton.

For more information contact:
Kim Keffer, Ph.D. - Director, First Year Experience
keffer@ohio.edu / 740-533-4612


RESOURCES

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1. Academic Advisors are located in the Student Center (Collins Center). Visit an academic advisor for assistance with registration, financial aid, questions about policy, or for general information or assistance with any academic topic.

2. Academic Success Workshops will occur throughout the quarter. Sessions will be advertised on the First Year Experience Bulletin Board.

3. Computer Labs are located in the Academic Center, the Dingus Center, the Riffe Center, and the Proctorville Center. Hours are posted at each lab and online at http://www.southern.ohiou.edu/pages/students/current-students/computer-labs.htm

4. The Faculty Office is located on the first floor of the Dingus Technology Center. This office serves as the information center for faculty, including housing faculty mailboxes.

5. The Career Resource and Assessment Center is located on the second floor of the Collins Center. Visit the center to request academic assistance, career research information, disability services or to apply to serve as a tutor.

6. The Library is located on the second floor of the Collins Center. For more information on the Southern Library click here .


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. When should I see an advisor?
Schedule an advisor appointment any time you have a question concerning your academic progress, financial aid, completion of required forms, or a general question about university policies and procedure. You should see an advisor at least once each quarter to confirm that course selections fit your selected major.

2. What if I haven’t decided on a major?
There are several steps that may assist in you in deciding a major: arrange a job shadow, interview someone in the field, take a class in the major, register for EDCP200 (Career Exploration), and spend some time in the library researching the fields you are considering. Your academic advisor will also be able to offer some advice.

3. How should I contact an instructor?
Contact information for your instructors should be listed on your course syllabus. Instructor e-mail addresses can be accessed from the Ohio University Southern website. A third option is to contact the faculty secretary at 740-533-4540 and ask that a message be placed in the faculty member’s mailbox.

4. What if I have trouble with a class?
The Learning Center provides assistance to students who are having difficulty in a class – including free tutoring services. The key to success is to access this resource as soon as you realize you need some assistance.

5. What is a DARS?
DARS stands for “Degree Audit Report System” and is a quarterly report outlining your academic requirements and your progress towards meeting those requirements. For help in learning to read your DARS, register for UC 1000 or attend an academic success workshop.


IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Academic Advising  
740-533-4600
Associate Dean’s Office        
740-533-4577
Computer Lab     
740-533-4569
Dean’s Office  
740-533-4611
Faculty Coordinator
740-533-4553
Faculty Secretary 
740-533-4540
Financial Aid Office (Athens)
740-593-4100
First Year Programming
740-533-4612
Front Desk Student Center

740-533-4600

Learning Center    
740-533-4596
Library
740-533-4622
Nature Center 
740-532-4600
Ohio Horse Park 
740-354-9347
Student Activities
740-533-4602
Proctorville Center 
740-886-7655

LINKS

Helpful Links

Ohio University
www.ohiou.edu

Ohio University Southern
www.southern.ohiou.edu

First Year Students Site
http://www.southern.ohiou.edu/firstyear/index.html#

Undergraduate Catalog
http://www.ohiou.edu/catalog/

Student Handbook
http://www.ohio.edu/students/handbook/index.cfm

Calendar of Events
http://www.southern.ohiou.edu/pages/news-events/Calendar/calendar.html

DARS
http://www.ohio.edu/registrar/darsonline.cfm

E-bill
http://www.ohio.edu/finance/bursar/eAccount.cfm

Faculty/Staff Directory
http://www.southern.ohiou.edu/pages/faculty-staff/faculty-staff-directory.htm

Grades
http://www.ohiou.edu/registrar/info/apps/mygrades.html

Registration
https://ouaccmvs.cats.ohiou.edu/XWEBCONV/SISR/HTML/WBIMENU1.HTM

Schedule Copy
http://www.ohiou.edu/registrar/info/apps/myschedule.html

Software
http://www.ohio.edu/software/

Tentative Course Offerings
http://www.ohiou.edu/registrar/info/tentative/TENTATIVE.HTM

Study Tip Links

Study Tips http://studytips.admsrv.ohio.edu/studytips/
Time Management http://studytips.admsrv.ohio.edu/studytips/?Function=TimeMgt
Memory http://studytips.admsrv.ohio.edu/studytips/?Function=Memory
Lecture Notes http://studytips.admsrv.ohio.edu/studytips/?Function=Lecture
Exam Preparation http://studytips.admsrv.ohio.edu/studytips/?Function=Exam
Calculating Your GPA http://studytips.admsrv.ohio.edu/studytips/?Function=GPA
Concentration http://studytips.admsrv.ohio.edu/studytips/?Function=Concentration

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