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Your Next Steps - Freshmen

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Congratulations on being admitted to OSU! Share the good news with us on social media using #FutureCowboy. Now that you've been admitted, you need to complete a few important steps before your first semester at OSU begins. Please note, we do not have a formal acceptance policy; completing the steps listed here will ensure you're on your way to becoming an OSU Cowboy.

1. Create your O-Key account | 405.744.4357

Your O-Key account is your passport to campus. You have to set it up before you can access your OSU email account, accept your scholarships and financial aid, sign up for housing, register for classes and more, so it's very important to do this as soon as possible. To set it up, go to O-Key Account Services, click on O-Key Activation and complete the activation wizard.

For help setting up your O-Key, visit Information Technology's website or contact the IT Help Desk at or 405-744-4357.

2. Check your OSU email at least once a week or

Once you have your O-Key account set up, you can access your OSU email account. This is where communication from the university will be sent, including scholarships and financial aid award letters, housing selection and enrollment information, so it's important to check it at least once a week. 

You can access your OSU email through your cellphone or forward your OSU email to an existing account. Click here or contact the IT Help Desk at 405-744-4357 for additional information on these steps.

3. Apply for housing and select a meal plan | 405.744.5592

OSU offers three styles of housing: suites, apartments and community-style. There are also several living-learning communities, where you live alongside others who share common interests or fields of study. Sign-up for housing begins December 1 online. You'll receive your housing time slot in the spring, starting March 1. You'll also choose your meal plan at this time.

4. Complete your FAFSA

To be considered for financial aid and some scholarships, you must complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Visit the FAFSA website as soon as possible after October 1 and enter OSU's school code (003170) to ensure we receive your records.

You may be asked to submit additional documents by OSU’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to complete the process. Requests will be sent to your OSU email, so remember to continue checking your email account. If you receive a request for additional documents, it’s critical that you respond as soon as possible so your potential student aid isn’t affected.

5. Sign up for New Student Orientation & Enrollment | 405.744.3636

New Student Orientation previews student life in and out of the classroom. You'll meet with academic advisers, confirm your academic college and major, take placement tests, enroll in classes, meet other new students and learn about campus resources. You may even stay overnight in the residence halls if you choose an overnight program. Orientation is mandatory for new students, and multiple sessions are available. Register online beginning February 1.

You're encouraged to register family members to attend with you. Family orientation includes joint sessions with students as well as parent-only programming.

6. Accept your Scholarships & Financial Aid | | 405.744.6604

Your application for admission is also your application for scholarships. If you’re eligible for scholarships or financial aid, you'll receive your award letter(s) that will be sent to your OSU email account.

Log in to with your O-Key account to accept your award(s).

Scholarship Deadlines for Fall-Entering Students

Nov. 1: All scholarship materials – including transcripts, test scores and essay question answers – must be submitted by Nov. 1 for early scholarship consideration and notice.
Feb. 1: All scholarship materials – including transcripts, test scores and essay question answers – must be submitted by Feb. 1 to ensure full scholarship consideration.
July 1: All updated scholarship materials must be submitted by July 1 for final scholarship consideration.

Submit updated documents to Undergraduate Admissions. Click here for instructions on submitting these documents.

7. Submit your immunization records | 405.744.7665

The State of Oklahoma requires all new students to provide proof of immunization for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and for hepatitis B. You must submit your health and immunization history and any supporting documentation to University Health Services. Complete the form online.

8. Finalize your admission file | 405.744.5358

Your acceptance to Oklahoma State is based on the academic information available at the time of your application review. You must submit an official ACT or SAT test score and your final high school transcript, including final semester grades and proof of graduation. Send all documents to:

Undergraduate Admissions
219 Student Union
Stillwater, OK 74078

9. Pack all your orange and move to Stillwater!

After you select a room, Residential Life will email you move-in dates and other important information. Once you get on campus and unpack, head to the University Store in the Student Union to get your books and start your collection of Cowboy memorabilia. Don't forget to sign up to be a Socially Orange Ambassador to be the first to know about all things #okstate!