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Welcome to Oklahoma State University!
University College Advising is a student-centered office with professional advisors who work closely with you to plan your academic future. We will also connect you to resources that can help you achieve success here at OSU and beyond.
New Student Orientation (NSO) is the first step towards ensuring a smooth transition to college life. There will be sessions to review all aspects of life at the university, including navigating campus, paying for college, staying healthy, and meeting new people. UCA’s priority during NSO is to enroll each of our students in an appropriate class schedule for the fall. This includes placement testing for math and other courses and meeting with your advisor to discuss your academic goals.
To make your advising meeting go smoothly, here are a few things you can do in advance:
- Make sure the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has all of your ACT or SAT scores. ACT subscores are used to determine remediation needs in Math, Science, English, and Reading, so send in the score even if the composite wasn’t your highest.
- Submit your final high school transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
- If you have completed any college courses, have those transcripts sent as well (if it was not at OSU). If you are currently enrolled in college courses, bring a copy of your schedule.
- If you applied for Admissions with “Undecided” as your major, you may be able to declare your major on your Admissions Portal.
- Make sure you know your O-Key password, you will need it for enrollment.
- Depending on what type of email account you chose during O-Key set up, log in at orangemail.okstate.edu (Google) or cowboymail.okstate.edu (Outlook) to check your OSU email often.
Here are some topics you may hear discussed when you arrive:
Students have to take the OSU Math Placement Exam in a proctored environment. Information about the Math Placement Test, as well as locating a test proctor, can be found here.
Many OSU students attend classes at NOC-Stillwater while simultaneously attending OSU. NOC-Stillwater classes are included in OSU's Block Tuition. Speak to your advisor about the opportunity to enroll in NOC classes during your enrollment appointment.
Students who score below a 19 ACT in an ACT subject area are required to show they are college-ready in this area in some other way. You will meet with an advisor during your visit who will help you to understand what is required of you and what your options are. These may include taking a test while you are here for New Student Orientation, or enrolling in a remedial course in the fall. Additional information about remediation can be found here.
The LASSO Center is dedicated to helping all OSU students succeed. LASSO works to empower students to take an active role in their learning experience by fostering the development of critical thinking, active learning and increased self-awareness. LASSO provides free academic assistance through, Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and Academic Success Coaching.
General Education Requirements are courses required of all students by the State Board of Regents to form a common base of experience for all degrees. Each college may add to or require specific courses within the general education requirements for degree programs if deemed prerequisite work for major requirements. Familiarize yourself with Oklahoma State University’s General Education Requirements.
Check out common courses for first-year students as well.
You may also review the list of majors offered at OSU. For information on what courses are required in each major, review the Major Degree Sheets, located on the Office of the Registrar's website. Check out all of your major options and get an idea of what your coursework will look like! You can even find course descriptions here.
We are glad to have you join the UCA family and look forward to working with you towards your success!