Welcome to Defiance College!


Your next step as an accepted DC student is to sign up for Orientation. On this page you will find everything you need to register for an Orientation day and to understand what will be taking place.

We are looking forward to seeing you. If you have any questions or require special accommodations feel free to call us at 419-783-2359 between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What is Orientation?

Orientation is an exciting event where you will meet your future classmates, schedule your classes for fall semester, navigate your way through the resources available to all Defiance College students, and discover how you will DEFY the ordinary.

During orientation, you and your parents will:

  • receive information about campus life and college support services available to students to help successfully transition into the college environment
  • interact with our amazing student Orientation Leaders
  • mingle with the DC Family during the all-campus gathering
  • consult with faculty advisors and plan your fall class schedule
  • meet with staff members from offices throughout the DC Campus
  • learn how you can DEFY the ordinary
  • and depart with your official DC student ID!

Sign Up

  • Register online for Express Orientation (transfer students/non-traditional students)
  • Confirm enrollment by submitting your $150 (full-time students only).
  • Receive a confirmation letter confirming the date you chose. 

Express Orientations

Send Before Orientation:

  • College Transcripts – If you completed College Credit Plus (CCP) classes and received college credit, you MUST send us your official college transcripts in order to receive credit during our scheduling process (if applicable).
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credits - if you took AP courses with the exam, you must submit official AP scores to receive credit.

Bring Day of Orientation or Express Registration:

  • One form of Photo ID is needed.
  • One of the following: Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, or Passport is needed.

Required to be Completed Before Orientation:

  1. Housing Application Survey (residential students only)
  2. Student Engagement Survey form (for first-year students only)
  3. Emergency Information Form (for all students)
  4. Health History Survey (for all students)

Placement Testing Information

During your orientation day this summer, assessments will be administered to assist in advising and registration. One assessment will be on writing, the other on math.

The writing assessment begins with reading a very brief overview of an excerpt (less than 500 words) from a nonfiction book, which is of the reading level encountered in beginning college courses. After reading the brief passage, you will write an essay responding to a question/writing prompt. The written response should have a clear focus and include strong reasoning as well as relevant support from the excerpt provided. You will have 45 minutes to complete the reading and writing for this assessment.

The math assessment, which will evaluate your numerical skills, is timed and will take 30 minutes. The math assessment is comprised mostly of multiple-choice as well as a few free-response questions. For multiple-choice, you can work out your questions on a spare sheet of paper, as you will not be allowed to use a calculator.

Use the online resources below to help review skills for the orientation assessments:

Math Resources

Writing Resources

Remember that it is not possible for you to “fail” an assessment test. The College is only measuring the areas that you can already demonstrate mastery in and the areas you need to strengthen. This information will help to determine the best possible recommendations for which classes you should take and serves as an important tool for reaching your academic and professional goals.

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