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to joining the Cowboy family.


Congratulations on being admitted to OSU! Share the good news with us on social media using #okstate25 or #FutureCowboy. Now that you have been admitted, you need to complete a few important steps to make it official. Please note, we do not have a formal acceptance policy; completing the steps listed here will ensure you're on your way to becoming an OSU student.

If you are currently in the United States in F-1 status and plan to remain in that same status, your next steps will be different.


  • 1. Register for eShipGlobal

    Create your eShipGlobal account so we can mail your admissions welcome package and Form I-20, which is vital to your immigration status as a student now and throughout your stay in the U.S.

    Please check it carefully to ensure all your information is correct.

    Your welcome package will guide your next steps to enrolling at OSU. Refer to it often to make sure you are completing all necessary requirements as soon as possible.

  • 2. Apply for a student visa

    It’s very important to enter the United Sates with the proper visa. You must apply for a visa in order to enter the United States with student status.

    Use your SEVIS number on your Form I-20 to pay the SEVIS fee and apply for a visa.

    More detailed information on applying for a visa can be found here.

  • 3. 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. Learn more about how to set up your O-Key.

  • 4. 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. 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. For help setting up your O-Key, visit Information Technology's website or you can contact the IT Help Desk at +1 405-744-4357.


  • 5. Submit your enrollment deposit

    Upon admission to OSU, all freshmen must pay the $300 enrollment deposit to register for housing and orientation and enrollment.


    The enrollment deposit can be refunded in part ($250)  before the following deadlines:

    • Fall semester: May 1
    • Spring semester: December 15


    If you are a freshman starting in the spring semester, you can submit your enrollment deposit beginning September 1 . Fall students can submit your enrollment deposit beginning December 1


    Log in to your application portal to submit your enrollment deposit.


  • 6. Apply for housing and select a meal plan (optional for transfer students)

    Freshmen are required to live in residence halls and purchase a meal plan at the bronze level or above UNLESS they are married, 21 years of age or order or have completed 30 college credit hours.

    OSU offers three styles of housing: suites, apartments and community-style. There are also several living-learning communities, where you live alongside others who share common interests or fields of study. OSU housing has been shown to lead to higher grades, better graduation rates and a vigorous social life. You can enjoy these opportunities right outside your door. OSU's very safe campus allows you to live steps away from classes, academic buildings and campus resources!


    Sign-up for housing begins December 1 for students entering OSU in the spring semester and February 1 for students entering OSU in the fall semester. You will also choose your meal plan at that time.


    Spring students will be able to choose their rooms as soon as they complete the housing application. Fall students will choose their rooms in April.


    You must make arrangements for permanent housing before you arrive in Stillwater.

  • 7. Sign up for orientation and enrollment

    All students are required to attend and complete orientation and enrollment. Orientation will include such topics as academic information, immigration regulations, housing, food, Stillwater community, transportation, banking practices, legal issues, health care and American customs. Your Orientation will be the best time for you to become familiar with OSU. Register for orientation here.


    Registration opens October 1 for students entering OSU in the spring semester and February 1 for students entering OSU in the fall Semester.


    Orientation and enrollment dates  
    Spring 2021 January 5-8*
    Fall 2021 August 9-11*
    *All dates are required.
  • 8. Book your flight and transportation to OSU

    Travel Information

    You may enter the U.S. in initial F-1 status up to 30 days before the program start date on your I-20. If you are transferring your SEVIS record from another school in the U.S. and received an OSU Transfer Pending I-20, you can enter the U.S. anytime prior to the program start date. Keep the following documents in your carry-on while flying, you will need them in-hand at the Port of Entry.



    Valid passport and F-1 visa
    Form I-20
    Evidence of admission at OSU
    SEVIS fee receipt
    Any other documentation your embassy/consulate requires

    Airport information
    Stillwater is located in the north central part of Oklahoma. The nearest international airports are in Oklahoma City and Tulsa (located 70 miles/110 kilometers from Stillwater).


    You can find more information about OSU airport and ground transportation online.

  • 9. Submit your immunization records

    University Health Services requires students to fill out a health history and immunization form.

    The form is included in the welcome package and can also be found online. It is recommended that you complete this form before your arrival on campus. Students should note that they will not be allowed to enroll in their second semester at OSU until this form has been completed. You can submit form to University Health Services either in-person upon arrival or mail to the address listed on the form.

    Medical Insurance is required for all international students at Oklahoma State University and their dependents as U.S. medical care is expensive. Medical insurance will be provided upon arrival. Fees for insurance will be applied to the first tuition billing statement you receive.

  • 10. Plan for university payments

    You are responsible for paying all incurred expenses while at OSU. You need to become familiar with your government’s regulations for obtaining foreign currency and transferring money and make arrangements in advance to have available adequate funds that will cover your expenses for at least one full academic year. Advance preparation is necessary because fund transferal, check clearance, and bank drafts may take several weeks. This will also help you avoid possible currency fluctuations/devaluations.

    Tuition and fee charges for the spring semester are due by February 15, 2021. Electronic notices are sent to the student’s OSU email address the first week of February for the first billing statement of the spring semester.

    Tuition and fee charges for the fall semester are due by September 15, 2021. Electronic notices are sent to the student’s OSU email address the first week of September for the first billing statement of the fall semester.

    Payment Method


    Web-Check/bank draft (online payment through bank draft)

    Credit Card Payment
    Western Union/International Wire Transfer
    Cable Transfer

    More information

  • 11. Select your room

    Students entering OSU in the spring semester will be able to choose their rooms as soon as they complete the housing application.


    For students beginning classes at OSU in the fall semester, 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.


    Please be advised that students should choose the room before traveling to OSU.

  • 12. Check for any enrollment holds

    To learn if you have any enrollment holds on your admission record that will delay your enrollment, log into the “Student Portal” and select “Student Profile.” Then click on “Holds” in the upper right corner.


    Submit any updated test scores and your final official transcript(s) as soon as possible. All transcripts must be issued by the school, in the original languageEnglish translations are also required if the official transcript is not in English.

    International transcripts are considered official if they are submitted to our office in ONE of the following formats:

    1. The transcript is submitted in an envelope that is sealed and stamped by your school or the Department of Education in your home country. Official transcripts can be mailed directly from your institution or hand-delivered in a sealed envelope prior to enrollment at OSU. See examples of properly sealed envelopes for official transcripts.
    2. The transcript is sent to our office electronically at from your school or school representative via their official email account or transcript e-service.
    3. The transcript is sent to our office electronically at from your embassy or home government.

    If you plan to send the official transcripts to our office by mail, make sure that the documents be sent to the following address:

    Undergraduate Admissions
    219 Student Union
    Stillwater, OK  74078

  • 13. Travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma

    Orientation and enrollment is mandatory.  You can find more information about OSU airport and ground transportation online.

    Once you arrive on campus and finish unpacking your belongings, follow the next steps emails. You will need your OSU I-20, passport and immunization records when you are registering for the orientation.


    If you are unable to arrive on campus to complete your enrollment by 5 p.m. (Central Time) on the final day of enrollment, you must contact OSU to have your application considered for a future semester. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at to move your entry term at OSU.

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