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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

Parent and student

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.

More information about Cowboy Parents


Services For Your Student

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We have a number of services available for your student, ensuring he or she is well taken care of while on campus. 

Health Services

Parking Permits

Dining Services

University Academic Services

Career Services

Counseling Services

Student Health Insurance

Student Disability Services

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Parents FAQ