What You Need to Know Before Attending a New Student Orientation (NSO) Session

Welcome to SWOSU!

College is an exciting time filled with learning and fun. NSO is here to help you adjust to life at SWOSU. Let us help you to make an easy transition from high school to college.

Your orientation session is the first step to becoming a true Bulldog. Please read the information below for you and your family before arriving on campus. We look forward to meeting you! Give us a call at 580.774.3233 if you have any questions.

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What to do before you come to NSO

Sessions begin at 9 a.m., Please plan to arrive around 8:30 a.m. to check in. Students will meet in the Fine Arts Center off of E. Davis Street. The Family Session will be located in the Pioneer Cellular Event Center on 7th Street, just south of the football field.

Before your session

  • Jot down a list of possible classes you would enjoy taking.
  • Go to www.swosu.edu and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on “Class schedules” to view course selection and closed classes.
  • Prepare for and take placement exams (CPT) if needed. For more info, visit the Assessment Center’s website.
  • Get copies of any updated ACT reports and bring with you to the session.
  • Get copies of any advanced placement (AP) credit reports and bring with you to the session.
  • Know your SWOSU Student ID number found on your acceptance letter.
  • If living on campus, fill out housing application and pay the $100 deposit. The application can be found on the Residence Life website.
  • Remind your friends to pre-register for orientation.
  • Bring your shot records.
  • Bring a photo ID with you!
  • Be prepared to take your student ID picture  i.e., wash your hair, wear your favorite color. This picture will represent you for a while!
  • Keep looking for additional information.

Important Dates

Make sure you are aware of these dates for the 2018 – 2019 school year.

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Date Event
July 16 – 19 Camp Duke
July 1 Roommate Assignments Available
August 15 Move In Day
August 15 Starting Block & Project Blue
August 16 Campus Tours
August 17 Mass Orientation
August 19 Class Begins!
August 23 Last Day to Add Classes
August 30 Last Day to Drop Class with Refund
October 17 – 18 Fall Break
November 27 – 29 Thanksgiving Break
December 9 – 13 Final Exams
December 16 – January 5  Winter Break

What You Will Experience During Your Orientation Session

  • Familiarize yourself with your campus and meet new friends.
  • Meet with faculty advisors and enroll for fall classes.
  • You may encounter closed classes when you enroll. If this occurs your advisor will help you select another course. It is important to be flexible!
  • You will attend the Student Session, while your family members attend the Family Session.
  • After enrolling, you will meet your family and attend the Open House.
  • After attending the Open House, lunch will be on your own from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Take any CPTs (Computerized Placement Tests), if ACT sub test scores are below 19.
  • The NSO staff will be making schedule changes during the Open House and after picking up your schedule at 2 p.m., if needed.
  • The room can be chilly  consider bringing a jacket or sweater.
  • Receive your Student ID and parking permit in the Memorial Student Center after advisement your Orientation Leader (OL) will guide you through this process.

Who You Can Visit with at the Open House

  • 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
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