We are so excited that you are joining this community of students, faculty, and over 1,300 alumni around the world. There’s a lot to look forward to and a lot to do to get ready for your semester in Pisgah Forest.

You probably have some questions. If so, this page is for you! Here are a few places to start…


The Fall 2024 semester will run from August 31 to December 14, 2024. The Spring 2025 semester will run from January 25 to May 10, 2025. Each OA semester includes:

  • An on-campus Orientation Week and orientation backpacking trek
  • “Learning” and “Leading” backpacking treks off campus as well as a week of whitewater canoeing, rock climbing, and camping in Pisgah Forest
  • A mid-semester Campus Visit Day and a Closing Day with campus tours, sessions with faculty and staff, a Craft gallery, and time with the other students and families in your semester.

View an Example Fall 2024 Calendar and Example Spring 2025 Calendar with key semester dates.

Academic Forms

All incoming students must complete an Academic Course Registration form. Once completed online, the form will send you a pdf to be signed by you and your school. Often it works best to have your sending school advisor, registrar, dean, etc. fill out the form, or to fill it out with them.

Fall 2024 Course Registration Form

Spring 2025 Course Registration Form

Additional forms for students taking: Spanish, Geometry, Algebra II, or Precalculus

OA’s Curriculum Guide and Community Manual (embedded below) are great resources if you have questions about academics and life at OA. Additionally, feel free to reach out to us if there’s anything you’re still wondering about. 

The Community Manual and Curriculum Guide are key documents to help you prepare for your semester. 

Health Forms

All health and medical forms can be submitted on SchoolDoc. Once you are enrolled, new sections for each form will appear on your SchoolDoc profile. Questions about those forms can be directed to the OA Medical Coordinator or the Admissions Office.




OA Enrollment Checklist: 

⇒ Sign the Enrollment Agreement (via Docusign) and make your enrollment deposit

⇒ Complete your Academic Forms, with signatures from your school where needed

⇒ Acquire packing lists and submit any outdoor programming gear requests 

⇒ Use SchoolDoc to complete your health forms and parent/guardian questionnaire 

⇒ Make travel plans and communicate to OA if airport pickup is needed 

⇒ Take a deep breath and dance a celebratory jig! You did it! 


Now that you’re ready, take a minute to check in on our recent campus updates: