Orientation Information

Orientation Leader Activities

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.

NSO Activites

Checklist for Admission Process

  • Complete Application for University Admission online for free;
  • Send high school transcript to the Registrar's Office;
  • Send ACT or SAT scores.
  • Concurrent students send all college transcripts to the Registrar's Office;

Admission Requirements

Orientation Activities

Applicant must meet one of the following three criteria and meet the curricular requirements established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

  1. ACT
    • Minimum ACT of 20 or SAT of 940
  2. GPA and Class Rank
    • High school GPA of 2.7 (4.0 scale) and rank scholastically in the upper 50% of graduating class
  3. GPA in 15-unit Core Curriculum
    • High school GPA of 2.7 (4.0 scale) in the 15-unit core curriculum.

For more information concerning orientation, please contact New Student Orientation at 580.774.3233 or orientation@swosu.edu

Student Orientation Sessions

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.

Family Sessons

Family Orientation Sessions

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.

Dawg Zone

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.

What to Expect on Session Days

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 Memorial Student Center Ballroom from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Refreshments will be provided for family members. Students will meet their family members in the Memorial Student Center 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 Memorial Student Center 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), Student Union and Food Services (student IDs), Bursar (questions about paying for college), Campus Police (parking decals), Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal CollegeDean 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.

What do I need to bring to Orientation?

  1. Photo ID or Drivers License - Students should bring a photo ID with them to pick up their SWOSU student ID and parking decal, or to take the CPT (Computerized Placement Test) to clear deficiencies.
  2. Copies of any advance placement (AP) credit reports
  3. Copies of any updated ACT reports
  4. Final high school transcript or mail after graduation
  5. Health form/shot record
  6. Residence Hall contract and $100 deposit
  7. Any needed paper work for Financial Aid
  8. List of possible classes you would enjoy taking. Go to www.swosu.edu –> Quick Link –>Course Schedules to view course selection and closed classes.
  9. Money for lunch – Lunch will be on your own from 11 am – 1 pm. Feel free to grab lunch on or off campus. On-campus choices include Duke’s Diner, all-you-can-eat cafeteria for $5.95 or the Food Court, four fast food outlets and a bakery for $5 to $7. Food Court choices include Arrezzio's Italian Café, Brandy's Grill (hamburgers and sandwiches), Casa Solana Mexican Cantina, The Strip Joint (chicken strips and fries), The Corner Bakery(homemade bake goods), and The Yogurt Corner (self-serve yogurt).
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