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Denison Art Orientation (DAO) explores the vibrant urban arts culture that only a big city can generate.

Students will travel to Columbus, Ohio with faculty, staff, and student leaders. Participants will work with local artists in workshops that include dance, art, music, and theatre. Some time is also spent touring museums, public art, and the city.

DAO is not just for arts people - students who are energized by city life, interested in multicultural experiences, or like to think about how art can capture or change our experiences will have a great time.

The Schedule

Pre-O Welcome Day is Saturday, August 19, 2023. Participants coming from abroad will move-in on August 16 or 17, and participants from the United States will move in between 9am and 1pm on August 19. On Sunday, August 20, participants will travel by bus to Columbus. Participants will return to campus on Wednesday, August 23, 2023. Induction Day for Pre-O participants and all other first-year students will take place on Thursday, August 24, 2023, and August Orientation (Aug-O) will begin on Friday, August 25, 2023.

What Do I Need to Bring?

Participants will be sent a packing list with their acceptance packet in the summer. Most meals are included, but we ask that you bring an additional $50-$100 to help cover the cost of some meals and/or shopping. The program includes considerable city walking; comfortable walking shoes are required.


The cost of DAO is $300. Questbridge Scholars, Denison-Columbus Alliance Scholars, and students with eligible financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid who are accepted into the program will have their fees waived.

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