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International Students

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


Virtual Resources for International Admissions

The University of Oklahoma's Office of International Admissions & Recruitment has generated unique virtual resources available to our international students. We want to be sure you have the opportunity to take advantage of these helpful international webinars. Click here to view these resources.

#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 +1 (405) 325-4357 or submit a general IT support request through the online portal.

#2 Log in to OU Bound

Visit oubound.ou.edu to log in to OU Bound, our post-admission checklist portal (you can also download a free mobile app version from the app store). 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 Obtain a U.S. Visa

Visit ou.edu/cis/iss and click “Learn More” under the New Students section for F-1 and J-1 visa application information.

Currently in the U.S.: If you are currently attending another school in the U.S., you must have your SEVIS record (I-20 or DS-2019) transferred to OU to maintain your immigration status.  This is a separate process from your academic transfer. For more information, contact International Student Services at iss@ou.edu.

Other VISA types: Prospective or current students who are in the U.S. on a visa other than F-1 or J-1/J-2 issued by OU must contact OU ISS to confirm study is allowed. For more information, visit ou.edu/cis/iss and click “Immigration & Visa,” then “Changing Your Status.”

#4 Pay Your Enrollment Deposit

This $250 fee secures your place in the freshman class at OU and must be submitted as soon as possible. You'll do this in the OU Bound portal. 

Post-Admission Checklist

You will find information on all these steps in OU Bound, which you can access by logging into oubound.ou.edu. Here are the things you must do to join the Sooner family:

Complete a housing contract to outline your housing, meal plan, and roommate preferences. 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.

There are two important trainings that you must complete. They have similar names but cover different and important topics:

  1. Mandatory Online Training – Complete your required trainings online at onpoint.ou.edu. You must complete the trainings before you can schedule your New Sooner Orientation Day.

  2. Mandatory Internet Orientation (MIO) – You will need to complete the Mandatory Internet Orientation (MIO) for international students on Canvas before you depart for OU. Although similar in name, this is different from the Mandatory Online Training Modules and the Distance Orientation Canvas modules.

MIO covers information about your visa status in the US, OU resources, and transportation from the airport to campus. You will receive an email (to your OU email address) in early July with instructions to access MIO.

You can access a link to the MIO and get more information on the OU ISS website

Complete the New Sooner Survey. You must do this before you can schedule your New Sooner Orientation Day where you be advised and enrolled for fall classes

New Sooner Orientation (NSO) begins the important transition process for incoming freshmen to the University of Oklahoma. 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 will be a virtual event. Please schedule your NSO appointment as soon as possible through the link found in your OU Bound admitted student portal.  

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

Should you have questions about this process, email International Admissions at intladmissions@ou.edu.

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

Math Assessment

To determine your current math skill level and place you in the correct math course for your first semester at OU, you will need to complete the online Math Assessment. You can read more about it on the Math Assessment FAQ page.

You will be given access to online resources that will help you refresh and build your skills, followed by the placement.  Your math assessment will be protored live using the video conferencing platform Zoom.

Step 1:  Check your internet connection.  Since we do virtual proctoring via Zoom, you will need an internet connection that is fast and stable to complete the assessment.  Please follow the instructions in this video to determine the speed and stability of your internet connection.

If you attempt to take the assessment without a good internet connection and it is interrupted due to low internet speed or instability, it will record a lower score than you could have achieved.  Additionally, it will count as one of your three attempts to assess. If you do not have a fast enough connection or it is not stable, you will need to wait to assess on campus at the beginning of the fall semester.  If you cannot complete the assessment on your first attempt, please wait until you are in Norman to take your assessment.  Regardless, your academic advisor will work with you on this matter.

Step 2:  Once you are confident in your internet connection, schedule your math assessment.  This is a short quiz-like survey on the tools and settings needed for your virtual assessment.

Step 3: After completing the survey, you can then select the day, time, and type of assessment you need to take. Assessment windows will be from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. CT.

Step 4:  iAdvise will send you an invitation to a Zoom meeting in which you will complete your assessment with the help of an OU proctor. The invitation has supplemental information reminding you of the computing and setting needs.

If you decide to cancel your assessment, you must cancel more than 24 hours in advance.

Preparing ahead of time is encouraged and to your benefit, especially for engineering students, as testing into the correct math course to start on track with your degree program can be crucial to success at OU. Here are some online resources that might be helpful with your preparation:

Start the Math Assessment Process

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

Language Assessment

  • Are you interested in studying a language at OU?  If so, consider taking a 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 language courses in more depth during your one-on-one advising appointment during New Sooner Orientation.

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 contact your school 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.

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.

Camp Crimson is an orientation experience designed to help students acclimate to college life and connect with both classmates and outstanding peers who serve as mentors throughout the entire first year and beyond.

Camp Crimson 2021 will be an 8-day experience from August 13th to August 20th. These days will be packed with engaging activities that will allow students to connect with their peers, get to know campus, learn about OU's history and traditions, complete their first-year trainings, and attend many amazing events. 

Freshmen students will begin their move in process starting August 10th and will receive specific details to their OU emails about arrival and move-in later in the summer. International Student Services (ISS) and the International Admissions office will also send out international-specific arrival information over the summer.