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Student Orientation Weekend (SOW) is three fun days full of activities and information designed to welcome you to the University of Oklahoma. The schedule is packed with opportunities to meet great people, get acquainted with the campus and community and learn about the many services and programs that will help you succeed as an OU student.

The dates for SOW 2019 are set for Thursday, August 15 - Saturday, August 17. If you are making travel plans, you may like to know that parents are welcome to stay as long as they would like, but we typically find that most parents return home sometime Friday afternoon or evening. There are events throughout Thursday and during the day on Friday that parents are more than welcome to attend.

Follow @OU_SOW on Twitter for updates and reminders!

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Please note that this schedule is tentative!

 

Orientation Tent/Question Booth, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Walker-Adams Mall

Want a bag filled with free items? Need to know how to get somewhere on campus? Have any questions about Student Orientation Weekend activities? Feel free to stop by the tent; we're here to help!

 

Vendor Tent, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Walker-Adams Mall

Take a break from moving in to grab some free stuff from our awesome vendors.

 

Library Tour, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Bizzell Memorial Library 

The Bizzell Memorial Library is a great place to study or take a break in between classes. It also has plenty of resources to help you succeed here at OU. Come take a tour and learn more about one of the most beautiful (and most photographed) buildings on campus. 

 

Presidential Inauguration and New Sooner Convocation, 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Location: Lloyd Noble 

The OU Board of Regents is pleased to announce the inauguration of James L. Gallogly. The event will be held in conjunction with New Sooner Convocation, the official welcoming event for incoming OU students and their families.

 

Jam on the WAM, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Walker- Adams Mall

At this event we will have the Student Orientation Weekend BBQ and Ice Cream Social plus a live band. You do not want to miss this! 

 

Headington Movie Night, 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location: Headington Hall

More information coming soon. 

 

Please note that this schedule is tentative!

 

Class Council Breakfast, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Location:  Cate Lawn 

Come enjoy free breakfast on the Cate Lawn. Meet new people and hang out with more incoming students!

 

Norman Preview, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Location: South Oval 

Come Check Out a sampling of the incredible local businesses we have here in Norman.

 

Class Tours Tent, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location:  South Oval

Need help finding your classes and want to meet some really cool upperclassmen? Come get a walk through of where to find your classes and hang out with other incoming students and amazing upperclassmen volunteers while you do it. 

 

Orientation Tent/Question Booth, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Location: Walker-Adams Mall

Want a bag filled with free items? Need to know how to get somewhere on campus? Have any questions about Student Orientation Weekend activities? Feel free to stop by the tent; we're here to help!

 

Library Tour, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Bizzell Library 

The Bizzell Memorial Library is a great place to study or take a break in between classes. It also has plenty of resources to help you succeed here at OU. Come take a tour and learn more about one of the most beautiful (and most photographed) buildings on campus. 

 

Fall Orientation, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Dale Hall 

A crash course in success at OU. Hear from Student Life, Financial Services, current students, and learn more about succeeding academically.

 

Crimson Connect Event, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: South Oval

Didn't ge tthe chance to go to Camp Crimson? Want to find a mentor on campus? Crimson Connect is for YOU! Come find out how you can find mentorship and lasting friendships here at OU.

 

Study Abroad 101 Info Session, 2:30 p.m. -  3:00 p.m.
Location: Dale Hall

Study Abroad 101 is designed to introduce students to the diverse study abroad options available at OU, clarify the process of applying and going on programs, and ensure students have a thorough understanding of study abroad basics.

 

Multicultural Welcome, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Physical Sciences Center Room 201

Meet our wonderful Student Life Cutlural Advisers and build community with other incoming students. 

 

SOW Chill & Involvement Fair, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: South Oval 

Come check cut cver 150 student organizations that you can get involved in on campus. There will be signed OU athletics gear and Homeland gift card giveaways.

 

UPB Presents: Night at the Union, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: First Floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Union

There will be chances to win free prizes, games, free food, and much more!

 

Housing Center Students Association's Coffee Night, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Couch Storm Shelter

More information coming soon.

 

Headington Block Party, 9:00 p.m. - 11: 00 p.m. 
Location: Headington Park

More information coming soon.


OU Ghost Tour, 10:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Location: Rock Garden 

 

 

Please note that this schedule is tentative!

 

Breakfast at the Bizz, 9:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Bizzell Library 

Join OU Libraries for a come-and-go welcome breakfast in the Helmerich Great Reading Room in the Bizzell Memorial Library. This room is extraordinary and the breakfast is absolutely delicious. 

 

Question Booth & Class Tours, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Rock Garden 

Want a bag filled with free items? Need to know how to get somewhere on campus? Have any questions about Student Orientation Weekend activities? Feel free to stop by the tent; we're here to help!

 

University College Advising Assistance, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Wagner Hall, Room 100

Need any last minute assistance with your fall enrollment?  University College advisors will be available this Sat (10a-4p) and Sun (2-4p) to answer questions. Stop by UC Advising suite in Wagner Hall, room 100.

 

University Queer Tour, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Walker-Adams Mall 

The Gender + Equality Center invites you to join us for a tour of Queer OU! Led the LGBTQ Program Advisory Board students, this 2 hour tour of campus includes 11 stops with a few other hidden gems. You will explore and learn about various buildings, people, events, and resources on campus that are of interest to LGBTQ identified students and allies. RSVP is required.

 

Meet & Greet, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Various, See Below

Join us in Dale Hall to meet some new friends! We'll have different options as described below:

Small Town Sooners, Dale 128

Coming to OU from a small town can be overwhelming, join this session to hear more from OU staff members who experienced this first hand and meet other students coming from small towns too!

First in Family, Dale 206

Are you the first person in your family to attend college? Are you looking for more resources and answers? Join this session to hear from knowledgable staff members who can help guide you in the right direction and meet other students going through the same thing!

 

Norman Bus Tours, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Rock Garden 

Take a tour through Norman! Get to know the best restaurants to stop by and the must see places around our enchanting city. Each tour is 1 hour long. 

 

Intramural Sports Extravaganza, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Cate Lawn

Come learn more about how you can participate in Intramural Sports. There will be free snacks and fun games to play as well! 

 

UPB Presents: Mascot Rescue Escape Room, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Oklahoma Memorial Union

Solve the puzzles and escape your residence hall room so you can make it in time for the big OU/Texas football game!

 

Target Shopping Event, 9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location: Target 

Take a shopping trip with your new OU family and get all of the last minute items you need before classes start.  There will be Target gift card giveaways, free sno cones, and even some fun free items in bags that Target will be handing out. 

 

Please note that ths schedule is tentative!

 

Full Sunday schedule coming soon!

 

University College Advising Assistance, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Wagner Hall, Room 100

Need any last minute assistance with your fall enrollment?  University College advisors will be available this Sat (10a-4p) and Sun (2-4p) to answer questions. Stop by UC Advising suite in Wagner Hall, room 100.

 

Housing Community Meetings, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Location: Various, based on Residence Hall

Be sure not to miss your mandatory housing community meeting on Sunday. Meet your Resident Adviser, your Residence Hall Staff, and your new floormates. These meetings last around an hour and start time will vary depending on what building you are in and floor you are on*. 

*find your RA for time and location

SOW Schedule

College Specific Orientations

Join many colleges across campus as they welcome in their new students!

Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy

Mewbourne College Open House

Meet Faculty and Staff from Mewbourne College, including Dean Mike Stice, during their open house and let them welcome you into the OU Family.

Graduate College

Graduate College Schedule

Join the Graduate College at one of their many events going on this week. From campus tours to fun Trivia Nights, you do not want to miss out on these great events!