UC Blue Ash College

First-Year Student Orientation

Student and parent group attending orientation in Muntz Hall

We're excited that you've made the decision to attend UC Blue Ash College! Orientation is your opportunity to learn about policies and resources, get familiar with campus, and meet with your advisor to register for courses. Orientation is required for all first-year students. Registration for Spring 2022 orientation sessions is now open.

How to Register for a Spring 2022 Orientation Session

You will receive a personal link to register for orientation via an email message. This message will be sent to the email account you used to apply to UC Blue Ash College (note: please also check your SPAM/junk folder if you have not received an orientation registration email by November 1 and you are a confirmed UCBA Spring 2022 student). You will have access to register for orientation via your email link or by contacting the Student life Office.  Email bastdlfe@uc.edu if you have questions about orientation.

In response to Coronavirus concerns, UC Blue Ash College has made the following changes to the spring orientation program:

  • You will have the option to complete your orientation online or in person.  Three UC Blue Ash orientations will be online via Zoom for Spring 2022 with one orientation being held In Person.  The In Person session will be on Tuesday, December 14 with a limited number of spaces*.    

  • Online means:  You will register to attend a four-hour virtual Zoom session.
    In Person means:  You will register to attend a seven-hour orientation at the UC Blue Ash Campus.

*We will allow students to register for the in person orientation on a first registered, first accepted basis.  Once we reach our “in person” capacity, all other students will need to attend online orientation sessions.

We’re excited you’ve made the decision to attend UC Blue Ash College! We look forward to welcoming you to the Bearcat community and we appreciate your patience as we work to make your first semester on our campus positive and memorable.

Our Orientation Mission

Our top priority is to support you in a successful academic and social transition to the UC Blue Ash community. The purpose of our orientation is to introduce new students and their families to the quality academics, resources and community fostered at UC Blue Ash College. Orientation is the catalyst to support your transition to our institution by preparing you for the academic rigor, personal responsibilities, and intellectual, cultural and social climate of our campus.

What Is New Student Orientation?

UC Blue Ash will offer several orientation programs between April and May for the summer semester and between May and August for the fall semester. All first-year students are required to attend one of these four-hour orientation programs. During orientation, we will introduce new students and their families to faculty, staff and current students. You will learn about the "business of being a student", how to be successful in and out of the classroom, and will work with the advising staff to register for your first semester of college classes.

Placement Tests & Orientation

Placement tests - or qualifying ACT/SAT exemptions - must be submitted at least two weeks prior to your scheduled orientation date. Be sure to check the placement test deadline associated with your orientation date below. If you do not complete placement test requirements by this deadline, your orientation reservation will be cancelled and you must reschedule for a later orientation date.

If you do not complete placement tests by the deadline, you will not be eligible to begin classes in the corresponding semester. Please review all deadlines and be aware of your semester start date.

Register for Orientation

First-year students are required to register for and attend orientation. Student must have already applied, confirmed and tested. Registration for fall orientation sessions will now open on Wednesday, April 15 versus the previously published date of Monday, March 16. This change will allow the orientation staff more time to implement the policies and practices outlined by the University of Cincinnati Public Health Response Team. In the meantime, be sure you have completed all of the admission steps.

New Transfer Students

Transfer students have the option of using an online orientation or coming on-campus for a transition session inorder for them to get acquainted with their new school. Read the full details about transfer students.

Spanish-Language Parent Orientation

UC Blue Ash will offer a program in Spanish for parents of first-year students. Spanish-speaking parents can attend this one-hour session to learn about the higher education experience and how to help their son or daughter achieve academic success. Parents will be introduced to various campus resources and services that will help support students' social, cultural and academic transition. Students should register for their preferred orientation date, then contact Molly Scruta at 513-936-1501 or molly.scruta@uc.edu to schedule the Spanish parent session for that date.

UC Blue Ash ofrece un programa en español para padres de estudiantes de primer año. Los padres pueden asistir a esta sesión de una hora para conocer la experiencia de la educación superior y cómo ayudar a su hijo o hija lograr el éxito académico. Los padres se introducirán a los varios recursos del campus y servicios que ayudarán la transición social, cultural y académico de los estudiantes.

We’re excited you’ve made the decision to attend UC Blue Ash College! We look forward to welcoming you to the Bearcat community and we appreciate your patience as we work to make your first semester on our campus positive and memorable.


Contact Information

Chris Dziekan | Program Manager for Orientation and Leadership Development
Muntz Hall | Room 123
Phone: 513-745-5691
Email: dziekacr@uc.edu