Apply for Pre-Orientations in your Admitted Student Portal starting in February 2023.

Explore Columbus. Meet fellow Denisonians. Learn how to make the best of your Denison experience “by design”. Centered in downtown Columbus, this Pre-Orientation allows us to eat, sleep, and experience the possibilities our nearby metropolitan city offers. We’ll share in a few design workshops that will have you sketching your many possible futures, exploring the entrepreneur inside of you, and designing experiences for others that will serve you well as you start to get involved on campus. Have a great time with the Red Frame Lab, and we’ll prepare you to make the most of your Denison journey… by design.

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 should I 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 Denison by Design 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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