Orientation | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


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  • Summer Orientation

    For the safety of all in our community, our Summer Orientation experience will be delivered in a live virtual format – with sessions offered multiple times for incoming students and their families to choose times that work the best for you! You will still schedule classes, learn about getting involved on campus, have a returning student who will check in with you regularly, and more - all in June. We will also still offer sessions designed specifically for parents and family members. You will sign up for the sessions that work best for you in the Next Steps portal. Parents and family members, watch for Virtual Orientation emails to register for parent/family sessions.


    Everything you need to get ready for your time at Capital can be found in your Next Steps Portal! You will need to complete each task! Log in to your Next Steps portal here: apply.capital.edu/status!

    • MATH PLACEMENT EXAM: Every student will take the Math Placement Exam to assess which math class is the best fit for you. The Math Placement Exam takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.
    • HOUSING INTENT OR RELEASE FORM: All first-year students are encouraged to live on campus. Students who live outside a 30-mile radius are required to live in the residence halls and purchase a meal plan. Students who live within the 30-mile radius have the option to commute from home. Commuter students are welcome and encouraged to purchase a meal plan. Preferred deadline for completing the housing paperwork is June 15.
    • CAPITAL STUDENT ID: Your Student ID is a vital part of your day-to-day life on campus. It serves as the key to your residence hall and other campus buildings, your meal plan, and your COTA bus pass. It also works like a debit card when you use your CapBucks at different restaurants on Main Street. You will receive your ID when you come to campus for Welcome Weekend in August.
    • LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST: All incoming students take a Language Placement test if they have taken French, German, Russian, or Spanish even if their major does not require a language. You never know - you may change your major or study abroad. Like the Math Placement Exam, the Language Placement test is not for a grade and just helps us ensure we place you in the best section for you to be successful.
    • HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION FORMS: You must return the New Student Health Information and Immunization Form before the first day of classes. The required immunizations are:
      • Tetanus
      • Diptheria
      • Pertussis; within the last ten years
      • Measles
      • Mumps
      • Rubella: 2 immunizations
      • Polio: completed primary series

    CAP 101

    CAP 101 is an online summer experience for all incoming first year and transfer students that will provide you with essential transitional resources before you even arrive on campus. In addition to all of the valuable information you will receive, when you complete the entire CAP 101 experience, you will earn a college credit - for free! CAP 101 will launch July 1, 2021.

    Smooth Transitions

    Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Smooth Transitions is designed to support underrepresented student populations in transitioning to the academic, cultural, and social environment at Capital. Smooth Transitions begins three days before Welcome Weekend (on Wednesday, August 18, 2021). Daily activities focus on utilizing campus resources, developing supportive networks, understanding academic expectations and encouraging involvement in student organizations and community engagement.

    Questions? Contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, odi@capital.edu, 614-236-6307

    Welcome Weekend and Start of Classes

    Welcome Weekend is a jam-packed weekend designed to get you ready for the start of classes. You will meet returning and new students, faculty and staff, get familiar with campus and Columbus, and maybe even get hypnotized! Attendance is mandatory for all new students. Welcome Weekend begins on Saturday, August 21, 2021. Classes begin the following Wednesday, August 25, 2021.