Own Oxford is a program held for incoming freshmen students in the month of July, just prior to their first semester in August. This three-day, three-night adventure will help students experience the Oxford campus and will help to reveal how they can leave a legacy of their own at Oxford. While staying on campus, students who participate in this program will form lasting bonds with other incoming students, learn more about themselves, and connect with the campus in a distinctive way! Own Oxford features themes that are central to community life at Oxford:
Not at all. Because Oxford is such a small, tight knit community, your presence on campus makes a significant difference. As an incoming student, you are being trusted with the greatest responsibility of all--to help shape the future of the institution. What will that look like for you?
Aside from making new friends and having lots of fun, you'll also have the opportunity to have Dinner with the Dean (at his house!), explore the local community, participate in a service project, and learn more about what it means to be an Oxford College student. You will get to know other incoming students, as well as the amazing sophomore Own Oxford Welcome Leaders (OWLs), that are helping to make this an unforgettable experience for you!
New Student Orientation (which is required for all incoming students) is designed to help you transition to college by learning about resources, services, programs, policies, and academics. Own Oxford is limited to 50 participants and is more focused on your individual experience. The program is centered on three unique themes: leadership and community, diversity and identity, and health and wellness.
Own Oxford is the program for you if you're looking for a more personal preview to Oxford. Plus, when you come back in the fall for Orientation, you will be more familar with the campus and have many familiar faces here to make the transition easier for you!