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Student Transitions and Family Programs

Summer Orientation FAQs


Summer 2023 orientation registration opens February 7th! Students can register themselves to attend an orientation session through their Porches account.

If you are having issues with Porches, please contact the IT Service Center for support! While parents/family members can support the student through this process, the student needs to be contacting the university in regard to their own educational record.

In order for the zoom link to work, the STUDENT needs to first log into their UD Zoom account (, and, after having logged in, utilize the Zoom link provided in the pre-Orientation email . For troubleshooting, you can also try copying and pasting the link in a new browser tab (again after logging into UD Zoom account first).

Zoom Troubleshooting

When you log in, you will go directly to the waiting room where the orientation staff will take attendance and admit students into the live meeting when the session is ready. Hosting the virtual space with a waiting room allows for greater program security and helps us maintain the integrity of the experience. Thank you for your patience.

Please note, if your name on Zoom does not match the student name that registered for Orientation, we will not admit you to the session. Please ensure you are logged into your UD Zoom account (

You will use your UD username and Password to access UD Zoom. If you have forgotten your password or locked yourself out of Zoom, please call UDIT at 937-229-3888 to reset your password.


Other Questions

No. The Virtual Academic Meeting is a great time to review your preliminary schedule and identify any possible changes that need to be made.

Yes! We understand that pursuing a college degree takes a whole team of support. Your parent/family member can sit online with you during your Virtual Academic Meeting and join you for the In-Person Orientation (limit 2 guests). Be sure to register them for the In-Person session.

All merchandise will be available to be picked up during Welcome Weekend in August.

Welcome Weekend

For those guests needing hotel accommodations, there are many great hotels in the area. Check out the Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau for recommendations. 

Please be aware that the Office of Student Transitions and Family Programs does not coordinate space/room blocks at any area facilities nor do we have any input into their rate structures. There are plenty of options within a 20 minute radius of campus.

Download the Visit Dayton App - The FREE Visit Dayton, Ohio app has all the information you need to Discover Dayton. Use the app as your handheld guide to area attractions, restaurants, hotels, arts, shopping, sports and recreation, events and more.

Please note: We do not block rooms or endorse any particular hotel or restaurant. We are simply sharing hotel information as a courtesy for those not familiar with the area.

The following is a step-by-step process for how to order and receive your books for the semester. Complete Digital Access (CDA) course materials will be available the first day of class through Isidore, UD's learning management system.

Use the following steps to order your textbooks:

  • Step 1: To place your order go to and use either your Single Sign-on under "My Account" or the "Textbook Look-up" function to view and order your required books for the semester.
  • Step 2: Place your order as your class schedule becomes available. Textbook scholarship funds can be used by selecting the "Textbook Scholarship" payment method at checkout. Available textbook scholarship funds will be applied to the transaction and any charges not covered by those funds will be applied to the student's account. You can also place orders for clothing and supplies at the same time!
  • Step 3: Wait for your email indicating that the order has been completed.
  • Step 4: You should receive a confirmation email after your order is complete
  • Step 5: When your textbook order is ready, you will receive an email to come pick it up! You can go any time during their business hours when it is convenient for you.

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Virtual Academic Meetings are available based on student classification, academic major, and session capacity. In-Person Sessions are not separated by major, but are based on student classification and session capacity. We encourage you to a select date for each session that will work for your schedule, however we understand that issues can arise. Please access the registration link in your Porches account to make changes to your registration information.

No. Both the Virtual Academic Meeting and the In-Person Orientation are only a few hours. If you cannot attend the entire session, please reschedule via Porches.

Yes! Orientation is the opportunity for incoming students to meet and build community with their new classmates. Attendance will be taken throughout the program and failure to comply will have consequences.

No. It is optional but highly recommended for parents and family members to attend. 

OLs are sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have been trained to guide your team of first-year students through the Orientation experience, answer questions, and provide peer-to-peer support.  They lead your small group meetings and help navigate the university and the orientation schedule.

Congratulations! There are no variances for your experience, but we encourage you to engage with the department!

Yes! We realize that being a local student is a different and valuable experience. We have a whole webpage of resources devoted to you!

Commuter Students

Student Transitions and Family Programs - Student Orientation

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0911