An Orientation Session is a day set aside for incoming freshmen to meet with advisors and enroll in classes for the fall semester. Orientation Leaders assist students with the enrollment process and answer questions about life at SWOSU. We offer a total of six Orientation Sessions. (April- August)
View the orientation session agenda.
View the orientation newsletter.
View the NSO information booklet.
Once you have been accepted to the University (completed the admission process), you will receive New Student Orientation information, including orientation session dates. You may register for orientation online, by phone, or by returning the postcard you received in the mail.
Applicant must meet one of the following three criteria and meet the curricular requirements established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
For more information concerning orientation, please contact New Student Orientation at 580.774.3233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
During Orientation Sessions, students enroll with up to 200 other new freshmen. A Family Orientation Session runs in conjunction with these sessions (See information below for locations). Student sessions take place in the Fine Arts Center.
We encourage families to attend Family Orientation Sessions while the students attend their sessions. Family Sessions run concurrently with Student Orientation Sessions and are designed to answer parental questions and concerns. We will also offer a family session on Move-In Day, Saturday, August 18 for families who were unable to attend earlier sessions. Family Sessions take place in the Student Center Ballroom beginning at 9:00 a.m.
The Dawg Zone is offered to entertain siblings while students enroll and family members attend the Family Session. A number of activities will be available in the Dawg Zone for siblings of all ages, including Nintendo Wii, computers, movies, games, crafts and coloring pages.
Registration begins at 8:30 am in the Fine Arts Center. The orientation program will begin at 9:00 am with an entertaining production that has been put together by our SWOSU Orientation Leaders (OLs), followed by a short presentation on how to enroll. Students will be accompanied by OLs as they are separated by their degree interests and teamed up with an advisor who will assist them in selecting classes and enrolling in fall classes. Family members will not be with students during enrollment, consider looking at the online course schedule with your family before the orientation session (swosu.edu –> Quick Links –> Course Schedules).
Family members will attend the Family Session in the Student Union Ballroom from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Refreshments will be provided for family members. Students will meet their family members in the Student Union after enrollment.
Once enrolled, students and family members will want to attend the Open House which will be held in the East Ballroom of the Student Union from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. (Students should bring a photo ID to pick up their parking decal and student ID. A photo ID will be needed for the CPT test to clear deficiencies.) This is where students will pick up their course schedules. Also, many of the student services departments will be represented including Assessment (Computerized Placement Tests (CPT) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Auxiliary Services (student IDs), Bursar (questions about paying for college), Campus Police (parking decals), Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal College, Dean of Students (ADA, student activities and organizations), Financial Services (money for school), GOLD Program (National Guard Program), Health and Counseling Services, Human Resources (on-campus jobs), Residence Life (student housing), the University Bookstore (books to rent or buy), and Violence Prevention. Campus or residence halls tours will be offered during the Open House.
You may have lunch on your own in Duke’s Diner, the Food Court, or off campus while you wait for your schedule to be ready at 1:00 p.m.
Course schedules will be available for pick up in the East Ballroom around 1:00 pm. Students are free to go after picking up their schedules.