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We want you to find the college that's the best fit for your student.


The following steps will help guide your family through the college selection process. If you have questions we can help you with, please check out our parent FAQs below, or contact our office at 405-744-5358.


Step 1 | Do Research

You’ve already taken the first step. Helping your student research universities is extremely important. Make sure your child is on OSU’s mailing list so he or she receives all of the information we send throughout the year. If you have specific questions regarding the OSU application and scholarship processes, you can call, text or email your child's admission counselor.


About us

OSU is home to more than 20,000 students and more than 450 student organizations, so there are plenty of options for things to do outside of the classroom. If there isn't an organization to fit your student, he or she can form a new one! Students can also become involved in student government or Greek life. Active students can also take advantage of the extensive intramural sports program, which features dozens of activities, from flag football and basketball to dominoes.


Learn more about OSU


Step 2 | Visit Campus

Websites and brochures are great for learning about many different universities, but the only way to truly know if a university is the right fit is to visit. OSU offers tours Monday through Friday and on select Saturdays, and holds many special events on campus throughout the year. Sign up for one today.


Step 3 | Take Official Tests

OSU accepts official test scores from ACT and SAT, but does not accept the writing portion of either. When your student signs up for a national test, make sure that they list Oklahoma State University to make sure we receive the official score. Our ACT code is 3424, and our SAT code is 6546.


Trying to improve test scores? Don't wait to apply!

We continue to update student records throughout the year, so send any updated test scores as you receive them and we will update your student's record. All updated scores must be submitted by July 1 for fall or summer-entering students, and Oct. 15 for spring-entering students.


Step 4 | Apply Early for Scholarship Opportunities

We accept applications as soon as a student completes his or her junior year of high school. Encourage your student to complete their application before November 1 so that they receive scholarships and financial aid as early as possible. The priority scholarship deadline for students entering in the fall to be considered for all OSU scholarships is February 1, and for students entering in the spring is October 15. Learn more about available OSU scholarships.


Application process

Whether your child is a freshman, transfer or international student, applying to OSU can be done in just a few easy steps. Read through our application process to learn more about transcripts, test scores, transfer credits and other requirements.


Check out all our important dates and deadlines to ensure your student is on track with their OSU application!

Step 5 | Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

The FAFSA application opens Oct. 1 for the following academic year. We encourage your student to complete the application and send the required documents as early as possible. OSU’s FAFSA code is 003170. Some scholarships and financial aid require the completion of the FAFSA in order for you to be considered.


Step 6 | Have your student check their OSU email

Make sure that once your student is accepted to OSU, they check their OSU email account at least once a week. OSU communicates many important messages about important deadlines, choosing housing, and accepting scholarships and financial aid only through this email account.


Step 7 | Paying your enrollment deposit

Upon admission to OSU, all freshmen starting in the summer and fall are required to submit a $300 enrollment deposit. This deposit will allow your student to register for orientation and enrollment and apply for housing. You can pay the deposit starting Dec. 1. 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. 


If your student decides to cancel their admission to OSU by June 1 and you have paid the enrollment deposit, you will receive a refund of $250. The remaining $50 of the deposit is nonrefundable.


Step 8 | Complete housing application

OSU offers three styles of housing: suites, apartments and community-style. There are also several  Living Learning Programs, where you 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.


Step 9 | Register for orientation and enrollment

All new students are required to attend an orientation session the summer before they begin classes at OSU. During this session, your student will meet with an academic adviser, enroll in classes and learn about the many resources available to students on campus. You are welcome to attend the one- or two-day orientation with your student and participate in parent sessions.


Students may enroll in these sessions during the spring semester online or by calling the New Student Orientation office at (405) 744-3636.


Orientation and enrollment registration opens February 1.


Step 10 | Accept scholarships and financial aid

We encourage students to complete these steps by June 1. Some scholarships and financial aid may be canceled if they aren't accepted by June 1. Your child can accept awards here.


Step 11 | Help Pack

We know this might be the most difficult step of them all. It’s hard to believe your baby is all grown up and headed off to college. But rest assured, you are sending your student off to a great place. We offer a number of services to make sure they will be well-fed, taken care of, and mentored by our faculty and staff. 


YOU are also now part of the Cowboy family! Come and visit any time you like (but don’t tell your child we said so)!


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