New 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).
More than fifty (50) 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.
Over 900 freshmen enroll each year. SWOSU’s total enrollment is close to 5,000.
Students 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.
Each year we have a total of 6 sessions: April 1, April 7, April 13, June 13, July 18, and August 17. All sessions begin at 9:00 am.
You 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.
The New Student Orientation fee is $5 and will be added to the student's first semester’s bill.
Up to 200 students may attend Orientation Sessions. However, students divide into smaller groups to enroll.
We 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.
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.
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.
The 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, and Guard Officer Leadership Development (GOLD). Representatives can answer questions concerning meal plans, residence hall contracts, tuition and other payments, campus jobs, health forms and financial assistance.
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.
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.
Dawg 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!
This is the first and only time all incoming freshmen meet as a group. All freshmen are required to attend Mass O on August 20. 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.
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.
The first day you can move into your hall is Friday, August 18 at 9 am. Various campus and community organizations welcome and help students move in.
From the SWOSU homepage, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, and click on “Class Schedules.” Select the term code (Fall, Spring, or Summer) and the department to look up available days and times.
Add/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.
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.
Classes begin Monday, August 22.
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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.