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New Student Orientation Overview

What happens during New Student Orientation?

NSO will be made up of two parts: Enrolling in classes and Getting to know more about SWOSU.

Enrollment will begin as early as the week of March 29 for incoming freshmen. We recommend signing up early so that you have many options available when selecting your classes.

Enrolling in Classes

Students will register for a specific week for enrollment. In order to streamline the process, students will be asked to complete a Pre-Advisement Questionnaire (sent from the NSO Office) two weeks before their designated enrollment week. Students must complete this questionnaire prior to being contacted by an advisor.

What happens during my Enrollment Week?

Typically, an advisor will reach out to you on Monday or Tuesday to introduce themselves, ask a few questions, and possibly set up a time to meet via phone or Zoom. It is important to check your email on a regular basis and respond promptly so that you can be enrolled as soon as possible (it’s also a good idea to check your junk mail folder just in case).

What if an advisor doesn’t contact me during my Enrollment Week?

Sometimes things happen that we can’t foresee. If you haven’t heard from an advisor by the end of your Enrollment Week, it’s a good idea to contact the NSO Office be phone or email (580.774.3233 or and we can check on the status on your enrollment.

Getting to know more about SWOSU

Beginning on April 5, students who have registered for an Enrollment Week will be added to our Online Orientation platform. Online Orientation will take place in Canvas, which is what SWOSU uses as an online tool for courses across campus. All incoming freshmen will be added to Online Orientation even if they plan to attend an in-person New Student Information Session this summer.

What does Online Orientation include?

Online Orientation, or “Online O” for short, gives you a brief overview to SWOSU. It introduces you to key departments and people on campus and give you a glimpse into student life.

How do I connect with an Orientation Leader?

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are current SWOSU students that want to help you! They recently made the transition to college and understand what you’re going through. OLs are a great source of information and experience. Students can opt-in to be part of an informal Facebook group that will be a space to connect with OLs and other incoming freshmen, ask questions, and share with one another as you prepare to come to SWOSU. Students will receive more info about the Facebook group when they open on April 5.

In-Person New Student Information Sessions

We are excited to offer limited-capacity, optional New Student Info Sessions this summer on the Weatherford campus! Students will need to register for (and preferably have completed) virtual enrollment prior to attending one of these in-person sessions. No enrollment will take place during your Info Session.

Students are encouraged to attend if they feel comfortable doing so to learn more about campus life and what it’s like to be Dawg! Each student may bring 2 guests with them to the session where you’ll hear from a variety of campus departments, have an opportunity to get your questions answered, and get your student ID and parking decal. Register at the link below.

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 2021 Enrollment will open on December 15, 2020.

Once you’re admitted, watch for correspondence from for more information about your next steps.

Online Registration

Register Now for a New Student Orientation Enrollment Week (required for first-time college students), spots fill up quickly. After you’ve registered for enrollment, you’re ready to also register for an optional in-person New Student Information Session. Students will be limited to 2 guests for these events and must register to attend.

Before Attending
New Student Orientation

What You Need to Know before you and your family arrive on campus.

Freshman Checklist

Learn 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, 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 for Team NSO to assist with implementing Orientation programs during the Spring, Summer and Fall.

Student IDs & campus parking decals

Any time after you enroll in classes, you are able to get your official SWOSU Student ID and Parking Decal. You can come to campus and retrieve those from the respective departments. Or, you can pick that up when you get to campus in August for our Welcome Week events!

You can get your Student ID in the Memorial Student Center on the Second Floor. Parking Decals can be picked up at the Campus Safety Office.

What about families of freshmen?

We encourage families to attend one of our Virtual Family Orientation Sessions this Spring or Summer. These sessions will take place on our Facebook Page – SWOSU New Student Orientation. Be sure to share a family member’s email address with us on your Registration for Enrollment and/or within Online O so that we can invite them to these events.