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to joining the Cowboy family.


Now that you've been admitted, you need to complete a few important steps before your first semester at OSU begins. Completing the steps listed below will ensure you're on your way to finishing orange as an OSU Cowboy! 

  • 1. Create your O-Key account | (405) 744-4357


    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 or


    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. Click here or 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 when it opens in Dec./Jan. (exact date to be determined by the U.S. Department of Education) 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. Register for housing and select a meal plan beginning Dec. 1 | (405) 744-5592


    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. Transfer students with less than 28 credit hours earned must live on campus. Exceptions to this rule are students who are married, 21 years or older or have dependent children living with them.

  • 5. Sign up for orientation & enrollment | (405) 744-3636


    Orientation and enrollment 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. This program is mandatory for transfer students, and multiple sessions are available. Registration opens Feb. 1 for fall-entering students and Oct. 1 for spring-entering students.

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


  • 6. Accept your scholarships & financial aid | (405) 744-6604


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


    Your application for admission is also your application for scholarships. If you’re eligible for scholarships or financial aid, you’ll receive an award letter in your OSU email account. Many awards are time-sensitive, so it's important to accept them as soon as possible. 

  • 7. Complete the Cowboy 360 Modules

    Our new online student success modules are required and provide an in-depth overview of resources at OSU. Once you register for orientation and enrollment, you will unlock the modules. They are filled with tips and tricks for you to be a successful student and will help you come to orientation and enrollment better prepared. These modules must be completed at least one week prior to your orientation date. Once registered for orientation, visit to complete the modules.

  • 8. Take the Math Placement Exam

    The exam is required for most students before beginning a math course at OSU. The OSU Math Placement Exam is available beginning March 1 for fall-entering students and is designed to find the strengths and weaknesses of your mathematical knowledge, report results to you, and then, if necessary, provide you with online learning modules for improving your knowledge to prepare for the appropriate course. Visit the Math Placement website for more information.

  • 9. Submit your immunization records | (405) 744-7665


    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 prior to enrolling for your second semester of classes. 

  • 10. Complete your admission file | (405) 744-5358


    Your admission to Oklahoma State is based on the academic information available at the time of your application review. Transfer students must submit final transcripts from previous schools, even if a degree was not earned. Send all documents to:


    Undergraduate Admissions
    219 Student Union
    Stillwater, Ok 74078

  • 11. Preview Cowboy Welcome

    Cowboy Welcome is the week leading up to the first day of classes and includes a variety of activities based on your interests. It’s a great time for you to meet new friends, learn traditions and find out more about OSU. Most notably, our Signature Events are recommended for all students. No advanced registration required!

  • 12. 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.


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