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Incoming Freshmen

Incoming Freshman

Congratulations on your admission and welcome to the class of 2028!

Below you'll find your next steps to complete prior to beginning classes at OU. All available checklist items are available in your OU Bound portal.

OU Bound Portal

#1 Set Up Your OU Account & Email

Visit You'll need your OU Net ID (usually 4 letters and 4 numbers) to create your account. Take a moment to write this ID down along with the password you set up. You'll use these to access and complete your post-admission checklist.

This OU account will follow you through your time at OU and will also provide access to OU resources such as enrollment, grades, course materials, computer labs, OU Libraries resources, and more. You will use your OU email address and password to sign in to your official OU email at If you need assistance, please call OU IT at (405) 325-4357.

#2 Submit Enrollment Deposit

The priority deadline to submit your enrollment deposit is May 1, 2024 or within 21 days of the date of your admission, whichever is later. Submit your enrollment deposit to secure your spot at OU. Housing room selection access times will be determined by your enrollment deposit date.

  • Log in to OU Bound at using your OU account.
  • Submit your $250 enrollment deposit.
  • Confirmation will be sent to the email you used during payment. Please allow up to 48 hours after admission for the enrollment deposit to be processed.

#3 Complete Your Next Steps

Post-Admission Checklist

You will find information on all these steps in OU Bound, which you can access by logging in to OU Bound. OU Admissions will email you when checklist items become available to complete, so be sure to check your email regularly. Please note that some checklist items may not be available until late in the fall or next spring. Here is the complete list of checklist items you must complete to join the OU family:

By completing a housing application you are one step closer to beginning your OU journey. Those who complete a housing application and submit an enrollment deposit by May 1 can participate in room selection. Housing room selection access times will be determined by your enrollment deposit date. During room selection, you and your roommates can choose your own room. Visit to learn more about your housing options and view our housing FAQ page.

Visit to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). OU highly recommends completing the FAFSA regardless of your family's income.

Visit to check your OU email. Many OU departments will only communicate with you via this email address, so it is important that you check it regularly. This is where you will be notified about financial aid and housing.

If you applied with self-reported ACT and/or SAT scores, please have your official test score report sent to OU directly from ACT or the College Board (for SAT), as appropriate. Confirmed test scores must be received by OU prior to course enrollment at New Sooner Orientation.

In order to be placed into the right classes at OU during New Sooner Orientation, you must send your official ACT or SAT test scores. Without sending your official test scores for verification, you will be required to complete all three course placement assessments, including math, reading, and English. However, once we have your official scores, depending on your score you may be excused from these assessments, so send your official scores ASAP!

Initial admissions and scholarship decisions that utilized self-reported test scores are contingent upon receipt of official test scores prior to course enrollment. Should we receive official test scores that do not match the self-reported scores, the Office of Admissions and Recruitment reserves the right to reevaluate and/or reverse an applicant’s admission or scholarship decision.

Complete the New Sooner Survey. You must do this before you can schedule your New Sooner Orientation day.

Your Financial Success Plan outlines your out-of-pocket expense to attend OU and helps you create a plan for how to pay for college. 

You’ll have access to an OU MoneyCoach who partners with you to develop a plan to fund your college degree. We encourage you to complete your Financial Success Plan prior to your New Sooner Orientation Day so that your MoneyCoach will be able to connect you to available resources to pay for college.

You will meet with your MoneyCoach during your Orientation Day. Your MoneyCoach will not offer banking services or award loans but will simply serve as your financial advisor throughout your time at OU and will be there to celebrate with you as you earn your OU degree. We encourage you to visit with your family as you work on your Financial Success Plan.

During your New Sooner Orientation day you will meet one-on-one with your academic advisor and enroll in your first semester of classes. Orientation occurs between May and July, and you must schedule your orientation by June 15. 

Before you can schedule your Orientation Day, be sure each of the items below are completed:

If you need any assessments, you will be prompted to schedule your assessments when you register for your New Sooner Orientation Day. 

Math Offer/Assessment

When registering for your New Sooner Orientation Day, you will either receive a math offer or register for a math assessment:

Math Offer

  • Some students will receive a math offer when registering for an Orientation Day. Your math offer will include the most ideal course for you to start in relative to your major based on your ACT/SAT scores and your high school academic experiences. It is very important you send OU any updated ACT/SAT scores as soon as possible, so you can receive your most accurate math offer. You can review your math offer by logging in to your New Sooner Orientation registration confirmation page. Your academic advisor will go over your math offer during your New Sooner Orientation Day. 
  • For additional information or questions about your math offer or how it relates to major interests, please email or by phone at (405) 325-3521.

Math Assessment

  • If you would like to be placed into a higher math course or you did not receive a math offer, you can assess with our math placement assessment. If you have questions about your math offer, the math assessment, concurrent enrollment credit, AP/IB exams, or credit from another university, view our math offer FAQ page
  • You will schedule your assessment through your New Sooner Orientation registration. If you need to reschedule your math assessment, click here:
  • Please see our Math FAQ for any questions you may have regarding the math assessment. For additional questions email or call 405-325-3521.

English Assessment

  • Please see additional information regarding the possible need to take the English Assessment.

Reading Assessment

  • Please see additional information regarding the possible need to take the Reading Assessment

Foreign Language Assessment

  • Are you interested in studying a foreign language at OU?  If so, consider taking a foreign language placement test prior to your NSO appointment. You can find additional information and sign up for a virtual assessment here
  • You will be able to discuss foreign language courses in more depth during your one-on-one advising appointment during New Sooner Orientation.

Mark your calendar for OU’s Camp Crimson experience on August 14-18, 2024! Camp Crimson is OU’s official welcome for all incoming fall students. After you move into the residence halls in August, you will have five days of connecting with other new students, learning about OU’s history and traditions, and getting to know campus! You will receive your housing assignment and move-in date over the summer from Housing & Residence Life.

Camp Crimson costs $350 and will automatically be added to your fall Bursar bill. Financial need-based scholarships are available.

Beginning May 1, let us know you’ll be at Camp Crimson by logging into OU Bound and RSVP’ing. Unless you formally opt out, every student is expected to attend Camp Crimson and charges will reflect this expectation even if you don’t attend. The last day to submit a request to opt out is July 1, 2024.

If you plan to participate in Panhellenic recruitment (additional costs apply), Pride Camp (band), ROTC training, or International Student Orientation, don’t worry – these programs are partnering with Camp Crimson. Most programs will run prior to the start of Camp Crimson to allow you to fully participate in both.

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In order for your advisor to best prepare for your advising session, it is essential that you complete and submit the brief New Sooner Orientation Questionnaire at least 3 days prior to your NSO day.

You must submit a Certification of Compliance that states you are aware of the state of Oklahoma’s immunization requirements, which are outlined in the Certification. Complete this at

After you graduate from high school, you must have your high school send OU your final high school transcript verifying your date of graduation. This must be submitted directly from your high school, so please touch base with your high school counselor to complete this.

Your Sooner Card serves as your student ID and can be used to dine at OU restaurants with your meal plan, access the Sarkeys Fitness Center, check out books from the Bizzell Memorial Library, and more. To upload a photo to be used on your Sooner Card, please download and log into the Transact App with your OU Net ID and password and upload your photo on the app. After we have reviewed and accepted your photo, you’ll be able to access your Sooner Card.

Complete mandatory online training at


The items listed below are not mandatory to complete prior to becoming a Sooner, however, we encourage you to review the list as some items may be of interest to you.

Now that you've been admitted to OU, celebrate by decorating your space with a special OU Bound poster! Once you submit your enrollment deposit, you'll be able to select from one of three poster designs in your OU Bound portal, and we'll mail it to you for free.

Through OU's Honors College, you can enroll in courses taught by nationally acclaimed faculty. Classes are limited to fewer than 22 students, and honors students participate in undergraduate research opportunities, study aboard, and excel in this supportive community. For admission requirements and to apply, visit

Opening November 1: If you're interested in starting your college experience early, consider Start Sooner! Start Sooner helps students transition from high school to college. Students will be able to move into their residence hall room a month early, take 6 hours of class, and explore Oklahoma with your classmates. 

Get the right book at the right price! Visit to learn how to order your textbooks and course materials online.

Available Spring 2024: You may purchase a parking permit for the Fall 2024 - Spring 2025 school year in spring of 2024. If you live in student housing, you will need to purchase a parking permit. OU offers plenty of parking spaces only a short walk from where you'll live.

The OU Student Health Plan offers full coverage for preventative care as well as free services at OU’s on-campus health clinic, Goddard Health Center. With affordable pricing, the OU Student Health Plan is less expensive than the marketplace and many employer plans so you can budget wisely for the school year. Learn more about OU’s Student Health Plan to find the right fit for you.

OU Athletics will notify incoming students via their OU email in August about purchasing student football and men's basketball season tickets. All other OU sports are free to attend for students. Just show up, show your official student ID, and support the Sooners! View complete information for student football and men's basketball season tickets at

OU’s University Theatre program offers multiples performances throughout the year. Student Season Subscriptions go on sale starting in August, but individual student ticket purchases are available. Visit for more information.