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Student Orientation Weekend

Student Orientation Weekend (SOW) is four 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 2017 are set for Thursday, August 17 - Sunday, August 20. 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!

Below is the full TENTATIVE schedule for Student Orientation Weekend 2017. We will continue to add things to the calendar as we receive more information.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

7:00 am – 4:00 pm            Residence Hall Check-In

            Location: Walker-Adams Mall

Start here to move into your new home! Check for all the details about Move-In 2017. Questions about move-in should be directed to the Housing Office at (405) 325-2511.

8:00 am – 4:00 pm             Orientation Tent and Question Booth

            Location: Walker-Adams Mall

Stop by to ask any questions you may have, or even just to chat! This booth is staffed by the friendliest students around!

8:00 am – 3:00 pm             Vendor Tents

            Location: Walker-Adams Mall           

Come check out some awesome Vendors from around Norman. From some wonderful restaurants to great banks to awesome electronics, Norman has it all and so will our vendor tent.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm          Library Tour

            Location: Bizzell Memorial Library

Come escape the heat and explore all that the Bizz has to offer. Enjoy a guided tour, and an interactive scavenger hunt.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm             Parent Session

            Location: Couch Tower Storm Shelter

Parents and family members are welcome to join us for this come and go, informative question and answer session hosted by Student Affairs. Meet campus administrators from many different offices, all on hand to help you get the answers you need.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm             New Sooner Convocation

            Location: Lloyd Noble Center

Convocation is a priority event of Student Orientation Weekend. Parents and students should attend as OU President David L. Boren and others welcome you to the OU family in this awe-inspiring ceremony for new Sooners. Transportation to Lloyd Noble Center will be provided, with trolleys picking up passengers at Couch Residence Hall from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Students attending New Sooner Convocation will receive their Class of 2021 t-shirt that they will wear to the class photo event on Sunday.

6:15 pm – 8:00 pm             Cookout and Ice Cream Social

            Location: Walker-Adams Mall

Students, friends, and family are invited join us in the shade for a cookout. Stick around after the main course for some ice cream served up by OU deans and directors. The BBQ food lines will be running from 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. The Ice Cream Social will start at 7:00 p.m. and will end at 8:00 p.m. 

8:30 pm – 10:00 pm          Camp Crimson Reunion

            Location: South Oval

Reunite with your friends from Camp Crimson, and make new friends as we share memories, relive all the fun, and kick off the school year!

Didn't come to camp? No worries! Join us to make new connections and add members to your OU family.

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm             Headington Movie Night

            Location: Headington Hall Courtyard

Brought to you by the Faculty-in-Residence of Headington Hall. Enjoy free ice cream, popcorn, and sodas while watching Moana with your fellow new OU students. 

For more information on this specific event, contact Shae Mann, Headington Hall Housing Coordinator at 405-325-6067.

9:00 am – 10:30 am           Class Council Breakfast

            Location: Lawn South of Cate Center

Come grab a delicious breakfast, meet new people, and enjoy some fun activities with the Class of 2021.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm        Community Service Project

            Location: Cate Dining Area

Integrate yourself into the Norman community by serving. More information on the service project will be coming soon!

8:00 am – 4:00 pm             Orientation Tent and Question Booth

            Locations: Bizzell Statue; Walker Adams Mall

Come to our Question (and Answer) Booth to find the information you need

10:00 am – 3:00 pm          Library Tour

            Location: Bizzell Memorial Library

Come escape the heat and explore all that the Bizz has to offer. Enjoy a guided tour, and an interactive scavenger hunt.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm        Exploratory Majors

            Location: Cate 4, Room 351

Unsure about what major you want to declare? Come to this session for some free pizza and helpful tips on how to find the major that is right for you.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm          College Orientation Programs

            Location: Various

Check the Specific Orientations by College Table Below!

11:00 am – 1:30 pm          Information Sessions

            Location: Dale Hall

Coming to college can bring lots of questions! We are hoping to help answer some of those with some information sessions hosted by experts in specific areas. From 11:15 to 12:15 we are offering a choice of Advising/Action Center/Writing Center, Financial Planning, and Involvement Sessions. From 12:30 to 1:30 there is a choice of Transfer Student Orientation, Commuter Student Orientation, Small Town Sooners, and First-in-Family Sessions.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm             Out-of-State Meet and Greet

            Location: Dale Hall

Are you from somewhere other than Oklahoma or Texas? Come meet other people from your neck of the woods! These Out-of-State meetings will be grouped regionally. Stay tuned and check back soon to see which room your state will be meeting in!

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm             Study Abroad Information Session

            Location: *Dale Hall

Interested in studying abroad? Expand your college experience by studying in another country for a few weeks, a semester, or even a year. The University of Oklahoma has study abroad opportunities in more than 80 countries and 200 cities around the world. Come learn more about your opportunities to see the world!

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm             Cultural Student Services

            Location: Dale Hall 211

The orientation session will begin with a large general session followed by break-out sessions featuring our four cultural communities: African American, Asian American, American Indian, and Latino Student Life. Following the sessions, you will have the opportunity to meet and visit with staff, faculty, and campus organizations from our communities and enjoy some sweet treats. 

If you have any questions regarding this specifc session, please email

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm             SOW Chill and Involvement Fair

            Location: South Oval

Join us on the South Oval for all kinds of fun. Free food, prizes, games, music, giveaways and over 200 student organizations that you can get involved in here at OU! With so many options, there is something for everyone. 

We will have signed athletics gear and Homeland gift cards to give away. You do not want to miss this!

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm             Nite at the Union

            Location: Oklahoma Memorial Union

Enjoy free food from Union eateries including Chick-fil-a, Baja Fresh, Crossroads and others. Play casino games and participate in other fun activties for a chance to win prizes such as a Nintendo Switch, Apple Watch, Amazon Echo and more. Visit for more details. Presented by the Union Programming Board, there’s ALWAYS SOMETHING at the Union.

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm             Concert in the Park

            Location: Headington Park (located just south of Headington Hall)

Brought to you by the Faculty-in-Residence of Headington Hall and the Senior Fellows of OU’s New Residential Colleges! Enjoy free hot dogs and chips while rocking out to music from Atlas 5.

For more information on this specific event, contact Shae Mann, Headington Hall Housing Coordinator at 405-325-6067.

9:30 pm – 10:30 pm          OU Ghost Tours

            Location: Cate Rock Garden

Learn about the spooky side of OU’s history with a walking tour of campus that highlights some of the popular ghost stories of our school. (The Cate Rock Garden is located just north of the Walker-Adams Mall).

9:00 am – 10:00 am           Breakfast at the Bizz

            Location: Bizzell Memorial Library

New students, please join OU Libraries for a come-and-go welcome breakfast in the Helmerich Great Reading Room.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm          Orientation Tent and Question Booth

            Location: Cate Rock Garden

Come to our Question (and Answer) Booth to find the information you need.

10:00 am – 12:00pm         University Queer Tour

            Location: Walker-Adams Mall

On this tour, we will explore and learn about various buildings, people, events, and resources on campus that are of interest to LGBTQ identified students and allies. If interested, participants need to register with the Gender and Equality Center in advance at

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm             Norman Bus Tours

            Location: Cate Rock Garden

Come see what Norman has to offer! This 45-minute bus tour will showcase all the great local restaurants, shops, and hangouts that make Norman unique. Tours will leave at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. Space is limited, so come early!

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm             Intramural Sports Extravaganza

            Location: South Side of Cate

Come join us for an introduction to Intramural Sports with some flag football, basketball, sand volleyball, Spikeball, and more! Meet the the Fitness & Recreation team that runs our Intramural Sports Program to learn how to you can be involved this year!

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm             HCSA Coffee Night

            Location: Walker Tower Lobby and Storm Shelter

Join us for free coffee, free music, and fun games. Choose from a variety of custom coffees, and chill as you play board games, video games, and listen to live music.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm             Concert

            Location: Walker Tower Storm Shelter

Come see fellow students share their talents, and experience a fun, musical night.

9:30 pm – 11:00 pm          Target Shopping Event

            Location: Walker-Adams Mall

Free busses to and from the Target Super Store, with complimentary gifts and snacks! This exclusive after-hours shopping trip is a great opportunity to get some shopping done while having fun and meeting new people. Busses depart from and return to Walker-Adams Mall approximately every 30 minutes. The last bus will leave Target at 11:45 pm.

Time May Vary                  Residence Hall Community Meeting

            Location: Your Residence Hall Floor

            Every Resident Adviser will have a mandatory community meeting this Sunday night.             Please check with them to see what time yours will be! 


6:00 pm – 7:15 pm             Class of 2021 Picture

            Location: Gaylord Memorial Stadium

Join us for the freshman class tradition, The Class Picture, on historic Owen Field. Students living in the residence halls should come with your RA. (Please note, some floors have a community meeting prior to the Class Picture). Students not living in the residence halls should park at the Asp Avenue Parking Facility, which is attached to the Gaylord Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, and enter through Gate 5 at the south east corner of the Stadium.

Class of 2021 students will also have the opportunity to learn about OU’s pre-game traditions and hear from President Boren and some of OU’s athletic coaches!

Wear your Class of 2021 t-shirt that you’ll get for FREE at New Sooner Convocation on Thursday of SOW!        

7:15 pm – 9:00 pm             Dinner and Resource Fair

            Location: Gaylord Memorial Stadium Parking Garage

Make your way here after the class picture for dinner, great music, a photo booth, sno-cones, extreme animals and an opportunity to have your picture taken with Boomer and Sooner!


College of ArchitectureGould Hall 13011:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Website
College of Arts and SciencesEllison Hall 13211:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Website
College of Atmospheric and Geographic SciencesNational Weather Center10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Website
College of International StudiesFarzaneh Hall, 1st floor11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Website
Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass CommunicationGaylord Hall1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Website
Jeannine Rainbolt College of EducationCollings Hall12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Website
Mewbourne College of Earth and EnergySarkeys Energy Center10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Website
Price College of BusinessDodson Lounge, 1st floor of Price Hall11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Website