Below you'll find your next steps to complete prior to beginning classes at OU. All available checklist items are available in your OU Bound portal.
Visit one.ou.edu/activate. 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.
The priority deadline to submit your enrollment deposit is May 1, 2024 or within 21 days of the date of your admission, whichever is later. Submit your enrollment deposit to secure your spot at OU. Housing room selection access times will be determined by your enrollment deposit date.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
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 OU family:
Opening October 18: By completing a housing application you are one step closer to beginning your OU journey. Those who complete a housing application and submit an enrollment deposit by May 1 can participate in room selection. During room selection, you and your roommates can choose your own room. Visit housing.ou.edu to learn more about your housing options and view our housing FAQ page.
Opening February 2024: 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.
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 email@example.com.
If you need any assessments, you will be prompted to schedule your assessments when you register for your New Sooner Orientation Day.
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:
Opening February 2024: 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 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.
After 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.
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 download and log into the Transact App with your OU Net ID and password and upload your photo on the app. After we have reviewed and accepted your photo, you’ll be able to access your Sooner Card.
New International Student Orientation (NISO) will be held in August 2024.
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 2024 will be an 8-day experience in August 2024. 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 receive specific details in 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.