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Your child is on the brink of making a monumental decision. The college choice will not only impact his or her future career, but will be instrumental in your student’s overall development. While your child may not admit to wanting your help, we understand that choosing a college is a family decision.
We’ve created a roadmap below to help you and your child navigate the college selection process. If you have questions, please check out our Parent FAQ page, or contact our office at 405-744-5358.
Step 1 | Do Research
You’ve already taken the first step. Helping your student research universities is extremely important. Make sure your child is on OSU’s mailing list so he or she receives all of the valuable information we send throughout the year.
Step 2 | Visit Campus
Websites and brochures are great for learning about many different universities, but the only way to truly know if a university is the right fit for your student is to visit. OSU offers tours Monday through Friday and on select Saturdays, and holds many special events on campus throughout the year. Sign your student up today.
Step 3 | Official Tests
OSU accepts official test scores from ACT and SAT, but does not accept the writing portion of either. When your student signs up for a national test, make sure that he or she lists Oklahoma State University to make sure we receive the official score. Our ACT code is 3424, and our SAT code is 6546.
Step 4 | Apply Early
Encourage your student to apply as early as possible. OSU begins accepting applications as soon as a student completes his or her junior year of high school and he or she has an official six-semester transcript. We encourage fall-entering students to complete their application before the November 1 Early Opportunity Scholarship Deadline to receive scholarships and/or financial aid as early as possible. The priority scholarship deadline for students entering in the fall to be considered for all OSU scholarships is February 1, and for students entering in the spring is October 15. Learn more about the application process at OSU.
Step 5 | Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
It’s important to file the FAFSA as early as possible after October 1 of the same year your student plans to enter college. OSU’s FAFSA code is 003170. Some scholarships and financial aid may require the completion of the FAFSA for consideration.
Step 6 | Have your student check their OSU email
Make sure that once your student is accepted to OSU, he or she checks his or her OSU email account at least once a week. OSU communicates many important messages about important deadlines, choosing housing, and accepting scholarships and financial aid only through this email account.
Step 7 | Register for New Student Orientation and Enrollment
All new students are required to attend an orientation session the summer before they
begin classes at OSU. During this session your student will meet with an academic
adviser, enroll in classes and learn about the many OSU campus resources available
to students. You are welcome to attend the one or two-day session with your student
and participate in parent sessions.
Registration opens February 1.
Step 8 | Help Pack
We know this might be the most difficult step of them all. It’s hard to believe your baby is all grown up and headed off to college. But rest assured, you are sending your student off to a great place, where he or she will be well fed, well taken care of and mentored by our faculty and staff. YOU are also now part of the Cowboy family! Come and visit any time you would like (but don’t tell your child we said so)!
OSU Parents Association
When your student enrolls at Oklahoma State University, you're all entering the Cowboy Family. And as a parent, we encourage you to join Cowboy Parents, a support organization for families of OSU students.
Cowboy Parents sponsors activities both on campus and in home communities, including Family Weekends, Dad's Day events, Mom's Day events, scholarships, newsletters and more.
Services For Your Student
We have a number of services available for your student, ensuring he or she is well taken care of while on campus.
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No, but we do offer the Nonresident Achievement Scholarship, reserved only for out-of-state students. The scholarship is based off of ACT/SAT score and requires a 3.0 GPA. Students can qualify for this scholarship by filling out our application and meeting the scholarship's criteria.
|Test Score Required||Scholarship Award Amount|
|1330+ SAT or 30+ ACT||$50,000 ($12,500 x 4 years)|
|1210-1320 SAT or 27-29 ACT||$44,000 ($11,000 x 4 years)|
|1130-1200 SAT or 25-26 ACT||$39,000 ($9,750 x 4 years)|
|1090-1120 SAT or 24 ACT||$32,000 ($8,000 x 4 years)|
OSU has a campus police agency of 31 sworn officers who are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition, our campus features emergency blue lights, which are directly connected to the police department and will notify authorities should any student in need activate the light.
There are many jobs available on campus for students. These jobs can provide students assistance in paying educational costs, practical experience in their job field and increased involvement on campus. Our Career Services department can help students find the right fit for them.
Yes, all students are allowed to bring cars to campus. Please note, each student must purchase a parking permit through OSU's Parking and Transit office to park on campus.
As of the 2013-14 school year, the undergraduate student population was 20,493 students. With graduate students included, OSU's population was 25,939.
We continue to update student records throughout the year, so send any updated test scores as you receive them and we will update your student's record.
All updated scores must be submitted by July 1 for fall or summer-entering students, and Oct. 15 for spring-entering students.
OSU has many resources for students, including the OSU Writing Center and the Mathematics Learning Success Center. OSU also offers the Learning and Student Success Opportunity Center where students can go for tutoring or academic advice. Each academic college also has an academic services office available.
OSU is home to more than 450 student organizations, so students have options. If there isn't an organization to fit your student, he or she can actually form a new one. Students can become involved in student government or Greek Life as well.
Active students can also take advantage of the extensive intramural sports program, which features dozens of activities, from flag football to basketball to dominoes.
We consider applications until the beginning of the semester for which the student is applying. However, Nov. 1 is the Early Opportunity Scholarship Deadline for fall-entering students and we encourage students to complete their application before this date to receive their scholarships and/or financial aid as early as possible. Students must complete their application by the Feb. 1 Priority Scholarship Deadline to be guaranteed full scholarship consideration, and July 1 for final consideration. Spring-entering students should complete the application by Oct. 15 for full scholarship consideration and the Friday before the Spring semester begins for final consideration.
Updated documentation for scholarships (including ACT/SAT scores and high school transcripts) is accepted through July 1 for fall and summer-entering students and Oct. 15 for spring-entering students.
Check out all our important dates and deadlines to ensure you're on track.
If a student has taken college courses while in high school, he or she should submit a transcript to our office.
To ensure that these courses will transfer to OSU, the student should work with an adviser for the academic college in which he or she is interested, to ensure the concurrent coursework will fulfill OSU degree requirements.
In general, all freshmen must live in OSU housing. This includes transfer students under 21 years of age with less than 28 hours of college credit, concurrent hours do not count against the 28.
Living on campus is a great opportunity for new students to become involved in the university. Studies show that living on campus can result in significantly higher grades and make for a better all-around collegiate experience. Students may choose from community-style living, suite-style or apartments.
Students meet their advisers and enroll in classes during New Student Orientation sessions. Each incoming student must attend one New Student Orientation session or Transfer Enrollment Day. These sessions are offered throughout the summer.
Students may enroll in these sessions during the spring semester online or by calling the New Student Orientation office at (405) 744-3636.