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New Student Orientation Overview

We are excited for you to join the Bulldog Family!

Your first step toward becoming a Bulldog is New Student Orientation where you will receive personalized guidance and instruction for choosing classes, as well as becoming familiar with our campus and culture. Registration for Fall 2020 Enrollment will open on November 1, 2019.

Students may register for NSO as soon as they have been accepted to the university.

Online Registration

Register now for New Student Orientation (required for first-time college students), spots fill up quickly! The online registration form is for students attending both the Weatherford and Sayre campuses.

Before Attending New Student Orientation

Here's what you need to know before you and your family arrive on campus.

Freshman Checklist

Learn all the steps to take between being admitted and the start of classes.

New Students / Fall

Information for students with no previous college credits.

Transfer Students / Fall

For students who began their college studies elsewhere, here's what you need to know.

Camp Duke

This optional summer camp is where incoming freshman can meet new friends, discover the campus, and start becoming a part of Bulldog traditions.

Meet the Orientation Leaders

More than 50 student Orientation Leaders (OLs) help freshmen and their families smooth the transition from high school to college.

Join Team NSO

Each year, the Orientation staff selects a group of dedicated undergraduate leaders to assist with implementing Orientation programs during the Spring, Summer and Fall.

What happens at New Student Orientation?

Students meet as a group and get information about enrollment procedures and campus. Then you will divide into smaller groups according to your academic interests. These smaller groups meet with an academic advisor in your field who will help you choose classes, build a schedule, and enroll. Orientation Leaders are also on hand to provide assistance and answer questions about life at SWOSU.

The meeting rooms can sometimes be chilly – consider bringing a jacket or sweater.

To give all students individualized attention, we limit sessions to about 200 freshmen: be sure to sign up early as sessions do fill up. A $5 fee is added to the student's first semester’s bill to help offset the cost of administering the sessions.

After enrolling, you will meet your family and attend the Open House, where you can meet with representatives from:

  • Assessment Center
  • Bursar / Business Office
  • Camp Duke Staff 
  • Campus Police
  • Dean of Students / ADA
  • Health & Counseling Services
  • Human Resources
  • Residence Life
  • Student Financial Services
  • Student Union & Food Services
  • Student Success Center

Student IDs & campus parking decals

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.

You will receive your Student ID and parking permit in the Memorial Student Center after advisement; your Orientation Leader will guide you through this process.

What about families of freshmen?

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. Families do not attend the Student Orientation Session or go with their daughter or son to enroll in classes.

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