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Incoming Freshmen

Fall 2021 Incoming Freshmen

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Oklahoma! Below you'll find a complete list of to-do items you'll need to complete before your first day of classes at OU. 

#1 Set Up Your OU Account & Email

Visit account.ou.edu and click “New to OU? Set up your OU account.” You'll need your Sooner ID number (included in your admission letter) to create your account. Once your account has been set up, you'll see your OUNet ID (usually 4 letters and 4 numbers) and your OU email address. Take a moment to write these down along with the password that you set up. You'll use these to access and complete your post-admission checklist!

This OU account will follow you through your time at OU and will also provide access to OU resources such as enrollment, grades, course materials, computer labs, OU Libraries resources, and more. You will use your OU email address and password to sign in to your official OU email at outlook.office.com/ou.edu. If you need assistance, please call OU IT at (405) 325-4357.

#2 Log in to Your OU Bound Portal

Visit oubound.ou.edu to log in to your OU Bound portal, our post-admission checklist portal. You’ll use the OU account you set up in step #1 to log in. Your post-admission checklist is outlined in OU Bound with information on how to complete each step.

Log in to OU Bound

#3 Complete Enrollment Deposit Request Form

Due to extremely limited space in our incoming fall 2021 freshmen class, please complete our enrollment deposit request form. Our admissions committee will review all requests and be in contact. Log into your OU Bound portal to complete the deposit request form.

Post-Admission Checklist

You will find information on all these steps in OU Bound, which you can access by logging in to oubound.ou.edu. OU will email you when checklist items become available to complete, so be sure to check your email regularly. Here is the complete list of checklist items you must do to join the OU family:

Visit fafsa.ed.gov to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We strongly encourage you to complete this by our priority filing deadline of December 15.

Complete a housing contract to outline your housing, meal plan, and roommate preferences. Completing a housing contract does NOT commit you to OU. The sooner you complete your housing contract, the better the chance you’ll get your preferences! Students who have submitted their enrollment deposit will receive a housing assignment over the summer to their OU email address. Visit housing.ou.edu to learn more about your housing options and view our housing FAQ page.

Visit outlook.office.com/ou.edu to check your OU email. Many OU departments will only communicate with you via this email address, so it is important that you check it regularly. This is where you will be notified about financial aid and housing.

If you applied with self-reported ACT and/or SAT scores, please have your official test score report sent to OU directly from ACT or the College Board (for SAT), as appropriate. Confirmed test scores must be received by OU prior to course enrollment at New Sooner Orientation. 

In order to be placed into the right classes at OU during New Sooner Orientation, you must send your official ACT or SAT test scores. Without sending your official test scores for verification, you will be required to complete all three course placement assessments, including math, reading, and English. However, once we have your official scores, depending on your score you may be excused from these assessments, so send your official scores ASAP!

Initial admissions and scholarship decisions that utilized self-reported test scores are contingent upon receipt of official test scores prior to course enrollment. Should we receive official test scores that do not match the self-reported scores, the Office of Admissions and Recruitment reserves the right to reevaluate and/or reverse an applicant’s admission or scholarship decision.

Complete mandatory online training at onpoint.ou.edu. You must do this before you can schedule your New Sooner Orientation Day opening February 2021.

Complete the New Sooner Survey. You must do this before you can schedule your New Sooner Orientation Day opening February 2021.

Your Financial Success Plan outlines your out-of-pocket expense to attend OU and helps you create a plan for how to pay for college. Access your Financial Success Plan now and scroll down to the Financial Success Plan section to complete. 

You’ll have access to an OU MoneyCoach who partners with you to develop a plan to fund your college degree. We encourage you to complete your Financial Success Plan prior to your New Sooner Orientation Day so that your MoneyCoach will be able to connect you to available resources to pay for college.

You will meet with your MoneyCoach during your Orientation Day. Your MoneyCoach will not offer banking services or award loans but will simply serve as your financial advisor throughout your time at OU and will be there to celebrate with you as you earn your OU degree. We encourage you to visit with your family as you work on your Financial Success Plan.

During your New Sooner Orientation Day you will meet one-on-one with your academic advisor and enroll in your first semester of classes. Orientation occurs between May and July, and you must schedule your orientation by June 15. 

Before you can schedule your Orientation Day, be sure each of the items below are completed:

If you need any assessments, you will be prompted to schedule your assessments when you register for your New Sooner Orientation Day. 

Math Offer/Assessment

When registering for your New Sooner Orientation Day, you will either receive a math offer or register for a math assessment:

Math Offer

  • Some students will receive a math offer when registering for an Orientation Day. Your math offer will include the most ideal course for you to start in relative to your major based on your ACT/SAT scores and your high school academic experiences. It is very important you send OU any updated ACT/SAT scores as soon as possible, so you can receive your most accurate math offer. You can review your math offer by logging in to your New Sooner Orientation registration confirmation page. Your academic advisor will go over your math offer during your New Sooner Orientation Day. 
  • For additional information or questions about your math offer or how it relates to major interests, please email ucquestions@ou.edu or by phone at (405) 325-3521.

Math Assessment

  • If you would like to be placed into a higher math course or you did not receive a math offer, you can assess with our math placement assessment. If you have questions about your math offer, the math assessment, concurrent enrollment credit, AP/IB exams, or credit from another university, view our math offer FAQ page
  • You will schedule your assessment through your New Sooner Orientation registration. If you need to reschedule your math assessment, click here: iadvise.ou.edu/assess
  • Please see our Math FAQ for any questions you may have regarding the math assessment. For additional questions email ucquestions@ou.edu or call 405-325-3521.

English Assessment

  • Please see additional information regarding the possible need to take the English Assessment.

Reading Assessment

  • Please see additional information regarding the possible need to take the Reading Assessment

Foreign Language Assessment

  • Are you interested in studying a foreign language at OU?  If so, consider taking a foreign language placement test prior to your NSO appointment. You can find additional information and sign up for a virtual assessment here
  • You will be able to discuss foreign language courses in more depth during your one-on-one advising appointment during New Sooner Orientation.

Be sure to mark August 13 through 20 on your calendar for OU’s Camp Crimson experience! Camp Crimson is OU's official welcome to all new students. Before classes start, you will have a week full of connecting with other incoming students, learning about OU's history and traditions, and getting to know campus.

All freshmen are automatically registered to attend. The fee for the program is $375 and will be billed to your Bursar account. If you are unable to attend Camp Crimson, please visit your OU Bound portal to submit the opt out form. The last day to submit a request to opt out is July 15, 2021. 

If you plan to participate in Panhellenic or IFC recruitment (additional costs apply), Pride Camp (band), ROTC training, or International Student Orientation, don’t worry - these programs are partnering with Camp Crimson and you will be able to attend and participate in both programs.

To learn more, please visit ou.edu/campcrimson.

In order for your advisor to best prepare for your advising session, it is essential that you complete and submit the brief New Sooner Orientation Pre-Advising Questionnaire at least three days prior to your scheduled Orientation Day. 

You must submit a Certification of Compliance that states you are aware of the state of Oklahoma’s immunization requirements, which are outlined in the Certification. Complete this at immunization.ou.edu.

Once you graduate from high school, you must have your high school send OU your final high school transcript verifying your date of graduation. This must be submitted directly from your high school, so please touch base with your high school counselor to complete this.

Opens in May: Your Sooner Card serves as your student ID and can be used to dine at OU restaurants with your meal plan, access the Sarkeys Fitness Center, check out books from the Bizzell Memorial Library, and more. To upload a photo to be used on your Sooner Card, please log in to your OU Bound portal and click on the appropriate checklist item. After we have reviewed and accepted your photo, we will print your Sooner Card and have it ready for you to pick up when you arrive on campus at the beginning of the semester.

Optional

The items listed below are not mandatory to complete prior to becoming a Sooner, however, we encourage you to review the list as some items may be of interest to you:

Through OU's Honors College, you can enroll in courses taught by nationally acclaimed faculty. Classes are limited to fewer than 22 students, and honors students participate in undergraduate research opportunities, study aboard, and excel in this supportive community. For admission requirements and to apply, visit ou.edu/honors. The deadline to apply to Honors College for priority consideration is January 15. 

If you're interested in starting your college experience early, consider Start Sooner next summer! Start Sooner helps students transition from high school to college. Students will be able to move into their residence hall room a month early, take 6 hours of class, and explore Oklahoma with your classmates.

OU’s Bookstore is online, so students can get the right book at the right price! Visit ou.edu/bookstore to learn how to order your textbooks and course materials.

Available Spring 2021: You may purchase a parking permit for the fall 2021 - spring 2022 school year in spring of 2021. If you live in student housing, you will need to purchase a parking permit. OU offers plenty of parking spaces only a short walk from where you'll live.

The OU Student Health Plan offers full coverage for preventative care as well as free services at OU’s on-campus health clinic, Goddard Health Center. With affordable pricing, the OU Student Health Plan is less expensive than the marketplace and many employer plans so you can budget wisely for the school year. Learn more about OU’s Student Health Plan to find the right fit for you.

OU Athletics will notify incoming students via their OU email in August about purchasing student football and men's basketball season tickets. All other OU sports are free to attend for students. Just show up, show your official student ID, and support the Sooners! View complete information for student football and men's basketball season tickets at soonersports.com.

OU’s University Theatre program offers multiples performances throughout the year. Student Season Subscriptions go on sale starting in August, but individual student ticket purchases are available. Visit theatre.ou.edu for more information.