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A family decision

Finding the best fit

Deciding where to attend college has a lasting impact on your student's future. We want your family to have all the information you need to confidently take important next steps. There's never been a better time to be a part of the Cowboy family, and we look forward to supporting you throughout the admissions process. 

Family Road MapTo help navigate the college selection process at OSU, we've outlined some important steps.


Helping your student find the place where they'll thrive is extremely important. In addition to joining our mailing list, we highly suggest you and your student connect with their admissions counselor if they have any questions about what it means to be an OSU Cowboy!



Visit Campus

Visiting campus is a great way to learn more about OSU and experience the vibrant Cowboy family. OSU offers campus tours Monday through Friday and on select Saturdays. We also hold many special events throughout the year, including virtual events. 



Take Official Tests

Students have the option to apply to OSU without a test score, however consideration for most university scholarships require an official test score from ACT or SAT. When your student signs up for a national test, they can list Oklahoma State University so we can receive their official score. OSU's ACT code is 3424, and our SAT code is 6546. 



Apply Early to Maximize Scholarships

Encourage your student to apply as early as possible. Students can choose to apply using OSU's application which open July 1 or the Common App which is available Aug. 1. We encourage students to complete their application before the Feb. 1 Priority Scholarship Deadline for maximum scholarship consideration.



Complete the FAFSA

To be considered for grants, loans, the Federal Work-Study program and many scholarships, your student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible using OSU's code 003170.



Check OSU Email

Once your student is admitted, they should set up their O-Key account and create an OSU email account. Incoming students should check their OSU email account at least once a week. We communicate important deadlines, housing steps and information about accepting scholarships and financial aid through this email account. 



Submit Enrollment Deposit

Incoming freshmen are required to submit a $300 enrollment deposit before they can register for orientation and enrollment and housing. The deposit can be deferred for students who are eligible to receive a Pell Grant. A $250 refund will be given to students who cancel their admission by June 1. The enrollment deposit opens at 8 a.m. on Dec. 1. 



Register for Orientation and Enrollment

Once your student has been admitted and the enrollment deposit has been paid, the next step is to register for orientation and enrollment. All new students are required to attend an orientation session before they can begin classes at OSU. During this program, your student will meet with an academic advisor, enroll in classes and learn about the many campus resources available to them. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on Feb. 1. 



Register for Housing

Registering for housing allows your student to indicate their housing preferences as well as find and select a roommate. Housing selection time slots are assigned later in the spring and are based on the date/time your student submitted their enrollment deposit. We highly encourage you and your student to review our step-by-step housing registration training course so you have all the information needed to get started. 



Accept Scholarships and Financial Aid

We encourage students to complete these steps by June 1. Some scholarships and financial aid awards may be canceled if not accepted by June 1. Students can accept their aid using their OSU email address and O-Key password. 



Help Pack 

We know this might be the most difficult step of all. Rest assured, you are sending your student to a great place where they will be well taken care of by OSU faculty and staff. You are also now part of the Cowboy family! Come and visit any time you'd like!



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