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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 #FutureCowboys. 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. Your I-20 documents will be sent via email

    OSU is currently issuing electronic I-20s until further notice. You will receive your I-20 via email and use the SEVIS number on your I-20 to pay the SEVIS fee and apply for an F-1 student visa.

  • 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 and check your OSU email regularly

    Your O-Key account is your passport to campus. You must 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.


    Once your O-Key account is set up, you can access your OSU email account. All university communication will be sent here, 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 cell phone 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.

  • 4. Submit your enrollment deposit

    Upon admission to OSU, all freshmen must pay the $300 enrollment deposit to register for housing and orientation and enrollment. Please note that transfer students are NOT required to submit the enrollment deposit.


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

    • Summer semester: May 1 
    • Fall semester: May 1 
    • Spring semester: Dec. 15


    If you are a freshman starting in the summer or fall semester, you can submit your enrollment deposit beginning Dec 1


    Spring students can submit your enrollment deposit beginning Sept 1


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

  • 5. Register for housing and select a meal plan (optional for transfer students)

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


    All students 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 older or have completed 28 college credit hours.


    Registration for housing opens:

    • Feb. 1 for fall semester
    • April 15 for summer semester 
    • Dec. 1 for spring semester

    You will also choose your meal plan at that time. View housing options here.


    Once you’ve completed your enrollment deposit and housing application, room selection will take place in March for fall 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.


    Students entering OSU in the spring semester will select their housing preference and will be assigned their space no later than Dec. 18, 2024. 


    Students entering in the summer semester will receive room assignments for summer housing on April 22. 


    View the upcoming dates and deadlines for housing here

  • 6. Register for orientation and enrollment

    All undergraduate international students are required to attend an orientation and enrollment program. Visit the orientation and enrollment website for more information. 


    Registration opens Feb. 1 for students entering OSU in the summer or fall semester and Oct. 1 for students entering OSU in the spring Semester.

  • 7. Check for any enrollment holds

    To learn if you have any enrollment holds on your admission record that will delay your enrollment, log into your 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, please send to the following address:

    Undergraduate Admissions
    219 Student Union
    Stillwater, OK  74078

  • 8. Book your flight and transportation to OSU

    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

    Click here for further details about traveling to Stillwater, including arrival dates and greeter service. 

  • 9. Submit your immunization records

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

    It is recommended that you complete this form before you arrive 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 fall semester are due by Sept. 15, 2024. 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.

    Tuition and fee charges for the spring semester are due by Feb. 15, 2025. 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.


    Payment Method

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

    Credit Card Payment
    Western Union/International Wire Transfer
    Cable Transfer

    More information

  • 11. Arrive on campus

    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 enrollment.


    Click here for complete travel information, including arrival dates and greeter service.


    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 OSU entry term.

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