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New Student Orientation Overview

What is New Student Orientation?

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

Virtual Enrollment

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 orientation@swosu.edu) and we can check on the status on your enrollment.

Face-to-Face Enrollment

Students will register for a specific date to come to campus for enrollment. An NSO Enrollment and Info Session will include presentations about student services, financial aid and billing, and time for students to meet with academic advisors to enroll in classes.

Orientation

Orientation is full of useful information for students and their families during the transition to college and life as a bulldog! Students may choose to complete Orientation online or in-person.

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.

In-Person New Student Information Sessions

Students will register for a specific date 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.

*Face-to-Face Enrollment and In-Person Info Sessions are the same event. If you wish to enroll face-to-face, you only need to fill out the Face-to-Face Enrollment Registration Form.

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. You’ll also be able to connect with OLs during Face-to-Face Enrollment and Info Sessions this summer!

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.

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

Online Registration

Register now forEnrollment & New Student Orientation

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.

What about families of freshmen?

We encourage families to attend our In-Person Info Sessions with their student. We have a lot of great information to share with the families or our future bulldogs. We hope you’ll come to campus and meet us!