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  • Summer Orientation

    Congratulations on your decision to attend Capital University! We are excited to welcome you, and your parents, families, and guests to the Capital Family – and it all starts with Summer Orientation. Summer Orientation is an important time to really get your Capital career started off smoothly. You will register for classes, learn more about academic and graduation requirements (yes, already!), experience ways to get involved on campus, and more. You will also receive and set up your Project Indigo! iPad and Apple Pencil. We’ll take care of your breakfast and lunch and making sure you get all the information you need. We are excited to get to know you!


    Before attending your summer orientation date, you will need to complete all the tasks (outlined below) in your Next Steps Portal. The Next Steps Portal will open for deposited students on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.


    At Summer Orientation, you will finalize your Fall 2022 schedule, meet other incoming students as well as current students, faculty, and staff… all while learning a ton more about campus! Summer Orientation dates are below. Summer Orientation runs 8:30am – 5pm, so plan on spending the whole day with us. We have special programming for parents, families, and guests also, so feel free to bring them along with you!

    You can choose from these dates:

    • Thursday, June 9
    • Tuesday, June 14
    • Thursday, June 16
    • Saturday, June 18
    • Tuesday, June 21

    Transfer students can join the following date designed specifically for them:

    • Thursday, July 14

    All students will use Math and English placement tools to help assess the best courses for you to enroll in for fall semester. These are not for a grade, and you should not use the internet, a friend, or a family member for assistance. Do the best of you can and that will help us help you build a great schedule. Students who have taken French, German, Russian or Spanish should plan to take the language placement tool, even if your major does not have a language requirement – world languages make great minors and you never know what the requirements will be if you change your major.


    Living on campus can be an integral part of your experience at Capital University. All undergraduate students must reside on campus unless they meet the criteria for a housing release. Residential students will apply for housing through the Housing Application. Students living in the residence halls must also purchase a meal plan. Students who live within a 30-mile radius are able to commute from their home address. Commuter students are welcome and encouraged to purchase a meal plan. All students planning to commute must complete the Housing Release Request Form. Preferred deadline for completing the Housing Application or Release Form is June 15.


    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.


    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


    Capital University welcomes individuals with disabilities to be an integral part of the university community. Accessibility Services (AS) provides individualized services for students with disability related needs. Service areas include admission, academics, housing, employment, facilities accessibility, and social/personal issues related to disability. Applications for housing accommodations for first-year or transfer students is June 15, 2022. For more information, please visit https://www.capital.edu/about-capital/accessibility-services. We are happy to help!

    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.