Up to 24 members of the Class of 2019 will leave campus for a nearby retreat center with upperclass students and faculty advisors to explore how contemplative practices can enhance the college experience. Along the way, they'll make new friends, establish personalized patterns of thinking and doing, and learn how mindful practices can help sustain a vibrant college experience.
Denison Canoeing Orientation (DCO) provides a wilderness, paddling and camping experience for up to 10 members of the Class of 2019. The primary goal of the program is social - to welcome our newest students to the Denison community by developing relationships with faculty, student leaders, and fellow classmates. The DCO program is also an outdoor learning experience, designed to help students develop safe paddling skills, to practice valuable skills in "Leave No Trace" camping, and to learn about Ohio's natural history and geography.
Denison Art Orientation (DAO) enables 24 entering First-Year Students, along with two faculty members and two upper class students to explore the vibrant urban arts culture that only a big city can generate. After a day of getting to know one another, the group will travel to Philadelphia where they will meet with visual and performance artists to talk about the role the arts play in social change. Muralists, hip-hop artists and street musicians all enrich the more traditional arts establishment, and will work with students as they create their own artistic responses to the experience.
Denison Outdoor Orientation offers an opportunity for 48 members of the incoming class and 12 faculty/staff and student leaders to backpack for three days in the National Forest in Kentucky. After a day on campus preparing for the trip, participants will journey to the National Forest, where they will spend three days hiking, camping and relaxing. The purpose of this program is to provide students a unique, challenging, and enjoyable transition to life at Denison by forming bonds and friendships with other entering first-years – all while on the trail.
The Denison Service Orientation (DSO) is an intense direct-service experience designed to help incoming students adjust to college, build strong friendships, and realize the possibilities available to them at Denison. Up to 24 students from the incoming class will travel to Washington D.C. for a service experience related to homelessness, hunger and HIV/AIDS issues. During the program participants will engage in leadership training, group building, issues education and direct service. Upper-class student leaders and a faculty/staff leader will provide guidance for the group.
June Orientation is an optional but highly recommended orientation program for students who are new to the college experience. June-O focuses on the academic preparation and course pre-registration of the entering class.
Paving the Way encourages all entering students to participate in this program, although its primary focus is to assist traditionally under-represented student populations in transitioning to the academic, cultural, and social climate at Denison University.
We invite you to begin your college experience by participating in the Pre-Orientation for Students Coming from Abroad. This program is especially valuable for students who will transition to a new culture and/or country as they begin their college career at Denison, whether that student is a foreign national or a U.S. citizen who has lived outside of the U.S.
Denison Sustainable Food Orientation offers an opportunity to work on projects such as harvesting, preserving (canning, drying, freezing), repairing and building trails, and managing farm animals, and forming bonds and friendships. It allows for up to 18 members of the incoming class and 3 to 5 faculty/staff leaders to practice sustainable farming by living and working on the The Flying J Farm, a sustainable farm located 20 minutes from Denison.
If you are a Pell Grant recipient, you may be eligible to have the registration fee and lodging for parents fee waived for the June Orientation program by verifying your Pell eligibility with the First-Year office.