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Take your next steps

toward joining the Cowboy family.


Congratulations on being admitted to OSU! Share the good news with us on social media using #okstate24 or #FutureCowboy. Now that you've been admitted, you need to complete a few important steps to make it official. 


May 1 is National College Decision Day and we encourage students to complete the steps below as soon as possible. Some scholarships and financial aid may be canceled if they aren't accepted by May 1.


  • 1. Create your O-Key account

    Your O-Key account is your passport to campus. You have to set it up before you can access your OSU email account, accept your scholarships and financial aid, sign up for housing, register for classes and more. 

  • 2. Check your OSU email at least once a week

    Once you have your O-Key account set up, you can access your OSU email account at or This is where communication from the university will be sent, including scholarships and financial aid award letters, housing selection and enrollment information, so it's important to check it at least once a week. 


    You can access your OSU email  through your cellphone or forward your OSU email to an existing account. Contact the IT Help Desk at 405-744-4357 for additional information on these steps.

  • 3. Complete your FAFSA

    To be considered for financial aid and some scholarships, you must complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 and enter OSU's school code (003170) to ensure we receive your records.


    You may be asked to submit additional documents by OSU’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to complete the process. Requests will be sent to your OSU email, so remember to continue checking your email account. If you receive a request for additional documents, it’s critical that you respond as soon as possible so your potential student aid isn’t affected.

  • 4. Submit your enrollment deposit

    Upon admission to OSU, all freshmen beginning classes in the summer or fall must pay the $300 enrollment deposit to register for housing and New Student Orientation and Enrollment. Room selection will be based on date and time of enrollment deposit. Students who are eligible for a Pell Grant as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid will have their enrollment deposit deferred. The enrollment deposit can be refunded in part ($250) until May 1. You can submit your enrollment deposit beginning Dec. 1 by logging in to your application portal.

  • 5. Apply for housing and select a meal plan

    OSU offers three styles of housing: suites, apartments and community-style. There are also several Living Learning Programs which allow you to live alongside others who share common interests or fields of study. The application for housing opens Feb. 1. You'll also choose your meal plan at this time. You must apply separately to the Living Learning Program(s) of your choice through your application portal.

  • 6. Sign up for New Student Orientation & Enrollment

    New Student Orientation previews student life in and out of the classroom. You'll meet with academic advisers, confirm your academic college and major, take placement tests, enroll in classes, meet other new students and learn about campus resources. You may even stay overnight in the residence halls if you choose an overnight program. Orientation is mandatory for new students, and multiple sessions are available. Registration opens on Feb. 1.


    You're encouraged to register family members to attend with you. Family orientation includes joint sessions with students as well as parent-only programming.

  • 7. Select your room

    Once you’ve completed your enrollment deposit and housing application, room selection will take place in March for students who have been selected for a Living Learning Program, and in April for all other new students. You will receive an email with instructions to select your room from Residential Life.

  • 8. Accept your Scholarships & Financial Aid

    Your application for admission is also your application for scholarships. If you’re eligible for scholarships or financial aid, you'll receive your award letter(s) that will be sent to your OSU email account.


    Log in to with your O-Key account to accept your award(s).

  • 9. Submit your immunization records 

    The State of Oklahoma requires all new students to provide proof of immunization for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and for hepatitis B. You must submit your health and immunization history and any supporting documentation to University Health Services.

  • 10. Finalize your admission file

    Your admission to Oklahoma State is based on the academic information available at the time of your application review. You must submit an official ACT or SAT test score and your final high school transcript, including final semester grades and proof of graduation. Send all documents to:


    Undergraduate Admissions
    219 Student Union
    Stillwater, OK 74078

  • 11. Pack all your orange and move to Stillwater!

    After you select a room, residential life will email you move-in dates and other important information. Once you get on campus and unpack, head to the University Store in the Student Union to get your books and start your collection of Cowboy memorabilia. Don't forget to sign up to be a Socially Orange Ambassador to be the first to know about all things #okstate!


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