Apply for Pre-Orientations in your Admitted Student Portal.

Pre-Orientation programs are optional but highly recommended.

Denison offers a wide variety of optional Pre-Orientation (Pre-O) programs, prior to August Orientation, which will help you to expand your horizons, deepen your understanding of yourself, and connect with other first-year students who share your interests and passions. Pre-Orientations provide students a unique, challenging, and enjoyable transition to life at Denison by forming bonds and friendships with other entering first-years in small group settings. Student athletes moving in early for Football, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, and Volleyball will not be available to participate in a Pre-O due to pre-season practice schedules.

The fee for Pre-Os is $300. The Paving the Way Pre-Orientation is free of charge. 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.

Students may apply for multiple Pre-Os in their Admitted Student Portal starting in February 2023. Notifications will be sent to selected participants during the first week of June.

Find out more about Denison’s August Pre-Orientation programs:

Pre-O Welcome Day

Students participating in a Pre-O will move in on Saturday, August 19, 2023.

International students participating in a Pre-O will move in on August 16 or 17, 2023.

2023 Pre-O Welcome Day Schedule

2023 Pre-O Welcome Day Schedule




9:00am-1:00pm, by appointment

Move-in time slots (Time slot communication sent to student’s Denison email address during the summer.)


Curtis or Huffman Dining Hall



Academic Quad

Resource Fair/Pre-O Check-In


Various Locations

Pre-O Meetings


Swasey then Hoaglin Wellness Center

Under the Umbrella with the VP of Student Life


Curtis or Huffman Dining Hall

Dinner (This is when families will say their goodbyes!)


Various Locations

Evening programming (students only)