Frequently Asked Questions

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[]  What is the schedule for Optional June Orientation?

The schedule for Optional June Orientation 2017 can be found at the following site:

Optional June Orientation Schedule 

[]  Who are “my Ten?”

You plus the other nine students in your group. The OJO experience is small on purpose so people can talk to each other.

[]  Who do I contact if I have questions about Optional June Orientation or if I am experiencing problems with the website?

Please contact our Summer Orientation Coordinator with any questions or concerns:

phone: 937-327-7891


[]  Why should I come to an Optional June Orientation?

We think attendance at a summer orientation is a valuable experience for new students and their families. OJO provides the opportunity for everyone to learn about the many resources the University offers, and to be reminded of the wisdom of our founder and first president Ezra Keller, who chose the most beautiful spot in the region on which to build his new college campus.


[]  Will I start at a disadvantage in the fall if I don’t participate in OJO?

No. The online My Course Preferences website is designed to gather from incoming students everything we need to build their individual fall course schedule. The site also provides most of the advice we will cover at OJO about making a successful transition to college.


[]  Why is there a fee to attend?

The fees associated with OJO help to partially cover staffing, materials, and program expenses. Charging a modest fee improves our ability to plan a successful event and provides the Office of Strategic Initiatives with the resources to make the day a better experience for students and their families.


[]  What is the difference between OJO and New Student Days?

Great question! Both events provide a welcome to campus and bring new students together with faculty, staff, and peers. Where they overlap, Optional June Orientation is about starting conversations that will continue, and become more focused, during New Student Days -- which will take place right before the start of the fall term (August 17-20, 2017). Also, OJO offers much more programming for parents.


[]  Will I get to choose my courses and receive my fall course schedule at OJO?

No, you will do your course preferences through our My Course Preferences System.  However, you will have time to meet with a faculty member and ask any questions you might have about course selection.   

You will also not receive your schedule yet.

After the last OJO, in Mid-July, the Registrar’s Office will release schedules for all first-year students who have completed the online My Course Preferences process. This allows the University to design an individual schedule for each student based on the course preferences and academic interests you choose while completing My Course Preferences. 


[]  I have questions about a major I am interested in, or about Witt’s roommate selection process, or about what kind of mini-fridge I can bring. Will I be able to get answers at OJO?

Although the schedule looks full, students and parents will have many opportunities to ask questions of faculty, staff, alums, current students, and current parents in group or one-on-one settings.

By the way, you can find answers to some of these questions now on our FAQ page here: 

[]  We would like to stay overnight before or after our OJO day. What is available?

We have arranged Class of 2021 rates at three area hotels:

Courtyard by Marriott (937-322-3600) 

Fairfield Inn (937-323-9554) 

Country Inn & Suites (937-322-2200)


At each of the three hotels please make sure you mention that you are participating in a Wittenberg University sanctioned event and you will be given the Wittenberg Friends and Family rate pending availability.  

[]  My question did not appear on your list. What should I do?

Feel free to ask your question while you are on campus or you can contact Summer Orientation Coordinator with questions large or small.

You can reach the coordinator at or by calling 937-327-7891.


[]  A secret handshake? Really?

No. There is no secret handshake, but you will form bonds with students, parents, faculty and staff that you can carry forward as you begin your new chapter at Wittenberg!