100 Campus Drive
Weatherford, OK 73096
Phone: 580.774.3233
Fax: 580.774.7102
orientation@swosu.edu

FAQ's

What is New Student Orientation (NSO)?

Fall ActivityNew Student Orientation includes an Orientation Session prior to the beginning of the fall semester, Mass Orientation, a one-hour freshman orientation course, and Dawg Days (planned activities during the first few weeks of the fall semester).

For students starting in the spring semester, New Student Orientation includes an Orientation Session in the fall semester, and a one-hour freshman orientation course.

What is an OL?

More than forty (40) student Orientation Leaders (OLs) help freshmen and families smooth the transition from high school to college. OLs are selected through an application and interview process and participate in a two-hour student leadership course each spring semester before working with new students. OLs also team teach the freshman orientation course with a SWOSU faculty or staff member that all new freshmen take.

How many freshmen enroll each year? What is the total enrollment?

Over 900 freshmen enroll each year. SWOSU’s total enrollment is close to 5,000.

What is an orientation session?

Fall ActivityStudents meet as a group and get information about enrollment procedures and campus. Students will divide into smaller groups according to the major they plan to pursue. These smaller groups will meet with an academic advisor in their academic field. The advisor will help the student choose classes, build a schedule and enroll. Orientation Leaders are also on hand to provide assistance and answer questions about life at SWOSU.

How many orientation sessions are scheduled?

Each year we have a total of 6 sessions: April 2, April 11, April 17, June 9, July 14, and August 15. All sessions begin at 9:00 am.

When do I register for an Orientation Session?

Fall ActivityYou may register for an Orientation Session after you have completed the online application for University Admission and received written notification of acceptance to SWOSU. Within the acceptance packet, you will find New Student Orientation information. Select an Orientation Session and register online or by phone, (580) 774 3233. You will receive confirmation via email after we receive your reservation. Sessions do fill quickly so register early.

What is the cost for New Student Orientation?

The New Student Orientation fee is $5 and will be added to the student's first semester’s bill.

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How many students attend each session?

Up to 200 students may attend Orientation Sessions. However, students divide into smaller groups to enroll.

May families attend?

Fall ActivityWe encourage families to attend Family Orientation Sessions while students attend their orientation session. Family sessions run concurrently with student orientation sessions and are designed to answer parental questions and concerns. A Family Session video link will be available on the NSO homepage for those who were unable to attend an earlier session. The video will be made available in August.  Families do not attend the Student Orientation Session or go with their student to enroll in classes.

Is orientation required of all students?

Orientation is required of all first-time entering freshmen. The student receives one (1) hour of credit for attending the enrollment session, Mass Orientation, and the freshman orientation course in the fall.

Students starting in the spring semester will be required to attend an enrollment session, and enroll in the freshman orientation course.

What else can I do at the orientation session?

While you wait for your printed course schedule, you can get your SWOSU student ID and parking decal (bring a photo ID). You can also tour the campus and residence halls, and talk with new and current students, and attend the open house. Computerized Placement Tests (CPT) can be taken on orientation session days. You must have photo ID to take CPT tests.

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What happens at the Open House during orientation sessions?

Fall ActivityThe Open House is another opportunity to find answers and learn more about student services. Participating offices include: Financial Services, Residence Life, Human Resources, Business Offices, Campus Police, Auxiliary Services (meal plans), Counseling and Health Services, Dean of Students, Follett Bookstore, Guard Officer Leadership Development (GOLD), and Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal College. Representatives can answer questions concerning meal plans, residence hall contracts, tuition and other payments, campus jobs, health forms and financial assistance.

What is a CPT exam?

CPT stands for Computerized Placement Test. Students with ACT sub-scores (math, reading and English) below 19 must enroll in remedial courses. You may take a CPT to clear the deficiency in any or all areas. There is no charge to take CPTs. You may take each test twice; however, there is a two-week waiting period between testing sessions. To schedule CPT testing, contact the Assessment Office at 580.774.7084. * Results are immediate.

When should I take the CPT exam?

It is best to take the CPT exam before attending an orientation session. However, you may also schedule exams the morning or afternoon of your orientation session. Students must enroll in remedial courses until clearing (passing) deficient subject area(s). Upon successful completion of CPTs, students may change their schedules. Contact New Student Orientation in Stafford 209 or call 580.774.3233 for the schedule change process.

What are Dawg Days?

Fall ActivityDawg Days are fun-filled weeks of activities designed to help students meet other students and become a part of our campus community. It begins on Move-In Day and continues through the next several weeks. Activities include volleyball tournaments, dances, block party, tours, organizational fair, national speakers, Project Blue and much more!

What is Mass Orientation?

Mass OrientationThis is the first and only time all incoming freshmen meet as a group. All freshmen are required to attend Mass O on August 20, the day before classes begin. During Mass O, SWOSU welcomes new students and a professional motivational speaker presents a college success program. Mass O is another great opportunity to meet others.

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What happens in the Freshman Orientation course?

Volunteer instructors (SWOSU faculty, administrators and staff) paired with trained Orientation Leaders present information and college success skills each week. A large component of the class is designed to help students connect with the faculty, staff and other students.

When can I move into my residence hall?

Fall Semester

The first day you can move into your hall is Saturday, August 16 at 9 am. Orientation Leaders welcome and help students move in.

Spring Semester

The first day you can move into your hall is Monday, January 6 at 9 am.

How do I find the course schedule?

From the SWOSU homepage, click the drop down box next to Quick Links, then select Course Schedule. Select the term code (Fall, Spring, or Summer) and the department to look up available days and times.

How can I change my schedule?

Fall ActivityAdd/Drop Process for Freshman (Students with less than 30 completed credit hours)

To ensure that freshman receive proper guidance, the university requires that all freshman students meet with their advisor before making any schedule changes during the add/drop period (start of enrollment period until the tenth class day of the Fall/Spring Semester and start of enrollment period until the fifth class day in the Summer Semester). Freshman are unable to enroll online and can only make schedule changes in the Registrar’s Office during the add/drop period when he/she has their faculty advisor sign an Add/Drop form.

How do I know what classes I need to take?

All students must complete general education requirements and it is recommended to start with general education courses. All students will meet with advisors during orientation session who review specific requirements for different areas of study. To find a complete list of degree information by major click here.

When do classes begin?

Spring Semester

Classes begin Wednesday, January 8.

Fall Semester

Classes begin Wednesday, August 20.

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What do I need to bring to NSO?

New Students

  1. Photo ID or Drivers License - Students should bring a photo ID with them to pick up their SWOSU student ID and parking decal, or to take the CPT (Computerized Placement Test) to clear deficiencies.
  2. Copies of any advance placement (AP) credit report
  3. Copies of any updated ACT reports
  4. Final high school transcript
  5. Student Health form/shot record
  6. Residence Hall application and $100 deposit
  7. Any needed paper work for Financial Aid
  8. List of possible classes you would enjoy taking. Go to www.swosu.edu –> Quick Link –>Course Schedules to view course selection and closed classes. View the course catalog to find requirements for your academic major.
  9. Money for lunch. Feel free to grab lunch on or off campus. On-campus choices include Duke’s Diner, all-you-can-eat cafeteria for $5.95 or the Food Court, four fast food outlets and a bakery for $5 to $7. Food Court choices include Arrezzio's Italian Café, Brandy's Grill (hamburgers and sandwiches), Casa Solana Mexican Cantina, The Strip Joint (chicken strips and fries), The Corner Bakery (homemade bake goods), and The Yogurt Corner (self-serve yogurt).

Transfer Students

  1. Photo ID or Drivers License - Students should bring a photo ID with them to pick up their SWOSU student ID and parking decal, or to take the CPT (Computerized Placement Test) to clear deficiencies.
  2. Final college transcript (send at the end of the semester if grades have not posted)
  3. Student Health form/shot record
  4. Residence Hall application and $100 deposit (if living on campus)
  5. Any needed paper work for Financial Aid
  6. List of possible classes you would enjoy taking. Go to www.swosu.edu –> Quick Link –>Course Schedules to view course selection and closed classes. View the course catalog to find requirements for your academic major.
  7. Money for lunch. Feel free to grab lunch on or off campus. On-campus choices include Duke’s Diner, all-you-can-eat cafeteria for $5.95 or the Food Court, four fast food outlets and a bakery for $5 to $7. Food Court choices include Arrezzio's Italian Café, Brandy's Grill (hamburgers and sandwiches), Casa Solana Mexican Cantina, The Strip Joint (chicken strips and fries), The Corner Bakery (homemade bake goods), and The Yogurt Corner (self-serve yogurt).

How do I get to SWOSU?

Driving Directions to SWOSU Fine Arts Center:

To SWOSU from the East

  • Take Weatherford Exit 82 from I-40
  • At the stoplight turn north (right) on Washington St.
  • Continue several blocks to Davis Rd. (at the stoplight)
  • Turn west (left) and continue 10 blocks
  • The SWOSU Fine Arts Center is on the north (right) side of Davis Rd.

To SWOSU from the West

  • Take Weatherford Exit 80A from I-40 (Exit leads to Main Street)
  • Go several blocks to Bradley St.
  • Turn north (left) on Bradley St.
  • Go 10 blocks to Davis Rd.
  • Turn west (left) on Davis Rd.
  • The SWOSU Fine Arts Center is on the north (right) side of Davis Rd.

To SWOSU from HWY 54

  • Take W. Davis Rd.
  • Continue east 6 blocks to campus.
  • The Fine Arts Center is on the north (left) side of the street.

Driving Directions to SWOSU Student Union:

To SWOSU from the East

  • Take Weatherford Exit 82 from I-40
  • Continue west on Main St. until you arrive at Custer Street (third stop light)
  • Turn north (right) and continue until you arrive on campus at the Clock Tower

To SWOSU from the West

  • Take Weatherford Exit 80A from I-40 (Exit leads to Main Street)
  • Go several blocks to Custer St. (second stop light)
  • Turn north (left) on Custer St.
  • Continue north until you arrive on campus at the Clock Tower

To SWOSU from HWY 54

  • Take W. Davis Rd.
  • Continue east past campus to Bradley St.
  • Turn south (right) on Bradley St.
  • Continue south to College St. (stop sign)
  • Turn west (right) on College St.
  • The Student Union sits between State and Custer St.

Where do I park?

Parking is available in front of the Fine Arts Center or in the parking lot southeast of the Student Union. The Parking lot is located on the corner of College and State Rd.

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