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What is Preview?

  • ODU's on-campus orientation program.  
  • Includes educational planning, course selection and registration, student and parent interaction, and an overview of resources and campus life
  • Different than Open House, a general information session about the University for prospective students

Is it required?


Locate Your 'Student Type' Below

Understand Your Requirements        

New high school graduate

An on-campus Freshman Preview is required.

3+ years since high school graduation and few or no transfer credits

Both the Transfer Online Orientation and an on-campus Preview are required.

Transfer student (0-23 credits)

Both the Transfer Online Orientation and an on-campus Preview are required.

Transfer student (24+ credits)

The Transfer Online Orientation is required and an on-campus Transfer Preview is strongly recommended. If you opt out, please make an appointment with your advisor for registration. Please note: All Business majors are required to attend the on-campus Preview.

Distance learner

The Transfer Online Orientation is required. You may attend an orientation and receive academic advising at your distant site.

Second-degree or continuing student 

Please make an appointment with your academic advisor to register for classes.

Non-degree student

Please register for classes in Leo Online (you have no advising hold). If you need assistance, make an appointment with your academic advisor. You'll attend Preview once you become degree-seeking.

How much do on-campus Preview and the transfer online orientation cost?

The cost of orientation programming (including the transfer online orientation) is included in a $75 New Student Transition Fee that the university assesses to all new, degree-seeking, non-distance undergraduates. The fee covers orientation and other transition programming. It will be included in your fall tuition bill. However, if you choose to bring a parent/guest to on-campus Preview, there is a fee per guest which should be paid when you register. The parent/guest fee helps defray the cost of facility rental, catering, student staff, and giveaways you'll receive. 

How should I prepare for Preview? 


Follow our New Student Checklist, which details everything a new student should do prior to Preview. The Writing Sample Placement Test should be completed 3 weeks prior to your Preview date. The WSPT is required of all new students (except those seeking a second bachelor's degree).


I can't wait to get started! What do I do first?


First, you must pay your Admissions Deposit and allow 24-48 hours for it to post.



** We will accept Preview reservations, for Spring 2014 semester admits, starting on October 21st at noon.