Apply for Pre-Orientations in your Admitted Student Portal.

Sponsored by The Center for Belonging & Inclusion, Paving the Way is in its 26th year. Although its primary focus is to assist traditionally underrepresented student populations in transitioning to the academic, cultural, and social climate at Denison University, PTW encourages all entering students to participate in this program. Sessions will address holistic well-being, cultural and social identity development, personal development, and community building.

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 Deer Creek Lodge and Conference Center. 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 bring?

Participants will be sent a packing list with their acceptance packet in the summer.


Paving The Way is free of charge.

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