UC Blue Ash College

Orientation Schedule

Orientation Session Lengths and Times

Check your orientation reservation for the start time of your orientation, as they vary each session, and by your admission status. Most sessions will take place in the afternoon from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Check out the sample schedule below to see what areas will be covered.

If you are admitted into the College Program for Academic Success (CPAS), your orientation will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Orientation Schedule

UC Blue Ash College 2019 First-Year Orientation Schedule with bearcat mascot
Opening sessions.
Time Session Description Location
11:30 am Check-In: Students and their parents/guests check-in, collect their orientation packets, parking permits, get their student ID photos, learn more about services PNC bank has to offer, etc. One Stop Lobby
12:00 pm Major Information & Verification: Students connect with their academic advisor to review and confirm that they are pursuing the correct major for their career goals. Muntz Café
12:30-12:35 pm Kick Off: Welcome from the Dean’s Administrative team. Muntz 119
12:35-12:45 pm Orientation Welcome: Meet our high energy student orientation leaders and coordinators and learn more about the conference style sessions. Muntz 119
Pick a program for each session window
Conference Sessions Muntz 119 Muntz 154 Muntz 170
12:55-1:20 pm: Academic Success It’s Your Education, Own It! Blue Ash faculty share their Top 10 tips for academic success. “Speed Meeting” with Academic Support: Join your go-to academic support experts (Math Lab, Writing & Study Skills Center, Library, and Accessibility Resources) for a fast-paced, interactive information session. Learn how we can support your success!  Making Smart Choices: Not sure what college is all about? Learn how to manage the transition from high school to college.
1:30-1:55 pm: Campus Resources Campus Tour: Student Orientation Leaders (SOLs) facilitate a campus tour to explore the physical locations of resources. Campus Panel: This panel introduces you to four important offices you will use during your college career: Academic Advising, Information Technology, One Stop and Student Life.  Engaged on Campus: Learn about the UC Blue Ash resources, policies and tips for success from a student’s perspective in this informative presentation. 
2:05-2:30 pm: College Finances Financial Aid 101: From FAFSA to Disbursement: This session is focused on how Federal Student Aid works. We will focus on the process, timing and common questions and myths about both. Cincinnati Pride Grant (CPG) Orientation: **REQUIRED only for Cincinnati Pride Grant Recipients ** CPG is offered to graduates of Cincinnati Public Schools (2002 or later) with a 2.2+ GPA and whom are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant as determined by the FAFSA. During this session, you will learn about the requirements to maintain the CPG, learn how you can use resources to maintain academic success and your CPG, and sign your CPG Acceptance Form which is required to receive the grant. The Hidden Costs of College: It’s more than just tuition. Learn what additional costs or expenses you need to consider when making decisions and creating your educational budget.
2:40-3:00 pm: College Connections A Day in the Life of a UC Blue Ash Student: This interactive session will allow students to ask questions to the experts: successful UCBA students! You may also get to solve some everyday student situations with them. Multicultural Student Connections: Connect with Multicultural Affairs staff to learn about resources and advocacy for our diverse students so you can have the support, community and encouragement you need to have a successful college career.

For these closing sessions, students and their guests separate. Guests move to the family program in Muntz 170, while students meet in Muntz 119 for small group time.

Closing Sessions
Time Session Description Location
3:10-3:40 pm Student-to-Student Small Group: Engage with current and new peers. Continue to make connections with other incoming students. Campus
3:45-6:00 pm Advising & Registration: Advising Center staff explains personal management systems, course registration, and appropriate courses for your major. Advisors work with students to complete course registration. Various Labs
4:45-6:00 pm Check Out: SOLs will answer questions, distribute IDs and welcome you into the Bearcat family! Muntz 119

Parent/Guest Schedule

UC Blue Ash College First-Year Orientation parent and guest schedule with bearcat mascot
Opening sessions.
Time Session Description Location
11:00 am-12:30 pm Food Truck: Guests may purchase lunch if they wish. No meals will be provided during orientation programs.  Courtyard
11:30 am Check-In: Students and their parents/guests check-in, collect their orientation packets, parking permits, get their student ID photos, learn more about services PNC bank has to offer, etc. One Stop Lobby
12:00 pm Major Information & Verification: Students connect with their academic advisor to review and confirm that they are pursuing the correct major for their career goals. Muntz Café
12:30-12:35 pm Kick Off: Welcome from the Dean’s Administrative team. Muntz 119
12:35-12:45 pm Orientation Welcome: Meet our high energy student orientation leaders and coordinators and learn more about the conference style sessions. Muntz 119
Pick a program for each session window
Conference Sessions Muntz 119 Muntz 154 Muntz 170
12:55-1:20 pm: Academic Success It’s Your Education, Own It! Blue Ash faculty share their Top 10 tips for academic success. “Speed Meeting” with Academic Support: Join your go-to academic support experts (Math Lab, Writing & Study Skills Center, Library, and Accessibility Resources) for a fast-paced, interactive information session. Learn how we can support your success!  Making Smart Choices: Not sure what college is all about? Learn how to manage the transition from high school to college.
1:30-1:55 pm: Campus Resources Campus Tour: Student Orientation Leaders (SOLs) facilitate a campus tour to explore the physical locations of resources. Campus Panel: This panel introduces you to four important offices you will use during your college career: Academic Advising, Information Technology, One Stop and Student Life.  Engaged on Campus: Learn about the UC Blue Ash resources, policies and tips for success from a student’s perspective in this informative presentation. 
2:05-2:30 pm: College Finances Financial Aid 101: From FAFSA to Disbursement: This session is focused on how Federal Student Aid works. We will focus on the process, timing and common questions and myths about both. Cincinnati Pride Grant (CPG) Orientation: **REQUIRED only for Cincinnati Pride Grant Recipients ** CPG is offered to graduates of Cincinnati Public Schools (2002 or later) with a 2.2+ GPA and whom are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant as determined by the FAFSA. During this session, you will learn about the requirements to maintain the CPG, learn how you can use resources to maintain academic success and your CPG, and sign your CPG Acceptance Form which is required to receive the grant. The Hidden Costs of College: It’s more than just tuition. Learn what additional costs or expenses you need to consider when making decisions and creating your educational budget.
2:40-3:00 pm: College Connections A Day in the Life of a UC Blue Ash Student: This interactive session will allow students to ask questions to the experts: successful UCBA students! You may also get to solve some everyday student situations with them. Multicultural Student Connections: Connect with Multicultural Affairs staff to learn about resources and advocacy for our diverse students so you can have the support, community and encouragement you need to have a successful college career.

For these closing sessions, students and their guests separate. Guests move to the family program in Muntz 170, while students meet in Muntz 119 for small group time.

Closing Sessions
Time Session Description Location
3:10-3:25 pm Advising Overview: A representative from the Advising Center explains the registration process. Muntz 170
3:25-4:05 pm Supporting Your Student’s Adventure: A staff member gives a presentation on how to be a partner in supporting your student’s well-being and success during and beyond transition to UCBA. Muntz 170
4:05-4:15 pm Clifton Connections: Learn about transportation, housing, food service, and Bearcat athletics at Clifton. Muntz 170
4:15-4:30 pm Students’ Letters to Parents: SOLs share letters to their parents. Muntz 170
4:30-4:45 pm PNC Partnership: A PNC bank official explains the partnership with the Bearcat card & financing in college. Muntz 170
4:45-6:00 pm Reception: Grab a snack and wait for your student to complete registration. Sponsored by PNC Bank. Muntz 170

A Spanish language version of the presentation for family is available upon request. Please contact Molly Scruta by email or by phone at 513-936-1538 once you have registered for your desired orientation date to schedule the Spanish session.

Family Program Sessions

Learn how academic advising works at UC Blue Ash (and what your students will be doing) from the Director of the Advising Center. Then, discover the benefits of the partnership betweeen UC and PNC Bank. Get insight from the UC Blue Ash staff on how to best support your students' transition to college.

Clifton Connections & Letters to Students

Learn about the partnership we have with the Clifton campus, including access to resources like: Housing, Food Service, Shuttle, Rec Center and Student Organizations. SOLs will provide breif insights to how they have been supported by friends and family in their college experience. Your opportunity to ask them questions, too! Enjoy a small refreshment after the program while you wait for your student to complete registration.

Resources

Contact Information

Chris Dziekan
Muntz Hall | Room 123
Phone: 513-745-5691
Email: dziekacr@uc.edu