Orientation | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


  • 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 in mid-March 2020.

    After you deposit, you will receive information with your Capital username and instructions to set up your account and change your temporary password to one of your choice. If you have any problems with accessing your account, please reach out to our Information Technology department at helpdesk@capital.edu or 614-236-6508.

    Because CAP 101 is personalized for each student, you will receive an email inviting you to log in when CAP 101 is ready for you. You will complete all essential tasks during the first step of CAP 101 including registering for Summer Orientation, taking your math placement exam, completing your Housing Intent form, uploading a photo for your Student ID, and printing Health and Immunization forms to return to campus. 

    Summer Orientation

    For the safety of all in our community, our Summer Orientation experience has been transformed to a virtual one - you will still schedule classes, learn about getting involved, meet with a small group of incoming and returning students, get answers to financial aid questions, and more - all in June. We will also still have sessions for your parents and family members. When you get to the Summer Orientation stage of CAP 101, you will be able to register for the synchronous parts of virtual Summer Orientation. Parents and family members, watch for Virtual Orientation emails to register for parent/family sessions.

    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 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.


    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  

    Smooth Transitions

    Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Smooth Transitions is designed to support underrepresented students populations in transitioning to the academic, cultural, and social environment at Capital. Smooth Transitions begins three days before Welcome Weekend (on Sunday, August 16, 2020). Daily activities focus on utilizing campus resources, developing supportive networks, understanding academic expectations and encouraging involvement in student organizations and community engagement.

    Contact information: 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 Thursday, August 20, 2020. Classes begin the following Monday on August 24, 2020.