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We are so glad you’ve committed to OU! We look forward to greeting you in person in August and helping you settle into the OU Family.

You're now a Sooner

Here is the next checklist of items, now you are a OU Sooner:

#1 Make sure you’ve completed these items from the 'Accepted to OU' checklist:

You must have your OUNet ID set up to log in and complete your contract. 

First-year students live in the OU Residence Halls near the center of campus. First-year UWC scholars can choose to live in Couch or Walker Center (often called "the Towers") or in David L. Boren Hall, all of which are near the main dining hall, Couch RestaurantsUWC scholarship packages cover up to the cost of standard double suite-style room in the Towers and a basic meal plan.

Almost all of our UWC students choose to live on the Global Community floor, located on the 3rd floor of Couch Center Residence Hall. The Global Community floor is the only floor in the residence halls that has a kitchen. Each international student is matched with an American student and they will share a bathroom with their suitemates (the room next door).   

 Submit your Housing Contract

If you have any questions about OU Housing & Food, please contact the UWC Scholars Program office at uwcscholars@ou.edu.

#2 Complete Necessary Academic Assessments

Math Assessment

To determine your current math skill level and place you in the correct math course for your first semester at OU, you will need to complete the online Math Assessment. You can read more about it on the Math Assessment FAQ page.

You will be given access to online resources that will help you refresh and build your skills, followed by the placement.  Your math assessment will be protored live using the video conferencing platform Zoom.

Step 1:  Check your internet connection.  Since we do virtual proctoring via Zoom, you will need an internet connection that is fast and stable to complete the assessment.  Please follow the instructions in this video to determine the speed and stability of your internet connection.

If you attempt to take the assessment without a good internet connection and it is interrupted due to low internet speed or instability, it will record a lower score than you could have achieved.  Additionally, it will count as one of your three attempts to assess. If you do not have a fast enough connection or it is not stable, you will need to wait to assess on campus at the beginning of the fall semester.  If you cannot complete the assessment on your first attempt, please wait until you are in Norman to take your assessment.  Regardless, your academic advisor will work with you on this matter.

Step 2:  Once you are confident in your internet connection, schedule your math assessment.  This is a short quiz-like survey on the tools and settings needed for your virtual assessment.

Step 3: After completing the survey, you can then select the day, time, and type of assessment you need to take. Assessment windows will be from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. CT.

Step 4:  iAdvise will send you an invitation to a Zoom meeting in which you will complete your assessment with the help of an OU proctor. The invitation has supplemental information reminding you of the computing and setting needs.

If you decide to cancel your assessment, you must cancel more than 24 hours in advance.

Preparing ahead of time is encouraged and to your benefit, especially for engineering students, as testing into the correct math course to start on track with your degree program can be crucial to success at OU. Here are some online resources that might be helpful with your preparation:

 

Start the Math Assessment Process

 

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

Language Assessment

  • Are you interested in studying a language at OU?  If so, consider taking a 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 language courses in more depth during your one-on-one advising appointment during New Sooner Orientation.

 

#3 Schedule Your New Sooner Orientation


New Sooner Orientation (NSO) begins the important transition process for incoming freshmen to the University of Oklahoma. 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 will be a virtual event. Please schedule your NSO appointment as soon as possible through the link found in your OU Bound admitted student portal.  

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

Additionally, you will need to complete your Math asessment and any other required academic assessments prior to your NSO for the best advising and enrollment experience.

#4 Don’t forget about your US Visa Process!

It's strongly recommended that students get started early on preparing for their US visa-- the process can be delayed, lengthy and/or complicated. We encourage students give themselves enough time to accomodate a lengthy or delayed process and to well inform themselves of the process for their home country

Currently Outside the U.S.: For information on the F-1 visa process, please visit OU’s International Student Services (ISS) website. Here you can find information on how to obtain a U.S. Visa as well as recommended steps and timeline for applying.

Part of the U.S. visa process includes fees: You will be required to pay a $350 SEVIS (I-901) fee and $160 U.S. visa (DS-160) application fee prior to scheduling your U.S. visa interview with a U.S. Embassy.

Currently in the U.S. (UWC-USA): If you are currently attending UWC-USA, you must have your SEVIS record (I-20) transferred to OU to maintain your immigration status.  This is a separate process from your admission and is called the Transfer In process. Transfer In should only be completed once you have accepted your offer of admission and intend to enroll for the fall semester.

  • Students will complete the Transfer In form on the OU ISS website     
  • Students will ask their current school (UWC-USA) to transfer their SEVIS record to OU. The OU code is: DAL214F10664000
  • Students will then need to email iss@ou.edu to request in writing that the new I-20 may be released to the UWC Scholars Program staff for shipping.

Contact us at uwcscholars@ou.edu if you have questions.

Don’t wait to start your visa process as sometimes it can take a long time or be delayed! 

#5 Complete the Mandatory Internet Orientation

You will need to complete the Mandatory Internet Orientation (MIO) for international students on Canvas before you depart for OU. Although similar in name, this is different from the Mandatory Online Training Modules and the New Sooner Orienation.

MIO covers information about your visa status in the US, OU resources, and transportation from the airport to campus. You will receive an email (to your OU email address) in late June-early July with instructions to access MIO. 

You can access a link to the MIO and get more information on the OU ISS website.

Additionally you will register for Crimson Connection, the in-person mandatory orientation hosted by ISS during Arrival Week. Crimson Connection will be held Wednesday, August 18th, 2021. Any questions about new international student orientation can be emailed to niso@ou.edu

#6 Upload a photo for your Sooner Card (OU Student Identification Card)

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 log in to your OU Bound portal and click on the appropriate checklist item. After we have reviewed and accepted your photo, we will print your Sooner Card and have it ready for you to pick up when you arrive on campus at the beginning of the semester.

Passport/visa photos are best for your Sooner Card, but to review the full photo guidelines, log into OU Bound.

#7 Review Immunization Records

OU and the State of Oklahoma require all students to provide documentation of vaccinations of Hepatitis B and MMR as well as a Tuberculosis test 6 months prior to beginning classes. Also, documentation of having a Tuberculosis test within 6 months prior to attending classes for the first time is required for international students. For further information regarding these required immunizations, visit immunization.ou.edu.

It is possible for students to complete a TB skin test and any other required immunizations on arrival to the OU campus to fulfill this requirement. The UWC Scholars Program team will assist incoming first years in scheduling these at no-cost at the OU Goddard Health Clinic if needed.

For information regarding COVID-19 safety procautions requirements and the availability of COVID-19 vaccines for new OU students, visit the OU Together website.

 

#8 Plan for Arrival Day and Camp Crimson: Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

Camp Crimson is an orientation experience designed to help students acclimate to college life and connect with both classmates and outstanding peers who serve as mentors throughout the entire first year and beyond.

Camp Crimson 2021 will be an 8-day experience from August 13th to August 20th. These days will be packed with engaging activities that will allow students to connect with their peers, get to know campus, learn about OU's history and traditions, complete their first-year trainings, and attend many amazing events. 

Freshmen students will begin their move in process starting August 10th and will receive specific details to their OU emails about arrival and move-in later in the summer. The UWC Scholars office and International Student Services (ISS) will also send out international-specific arrival information over the summer.

Please feel free to email us if you have any questions about any of the checklist items! We are happy to hear from you and assist in any way we can. 

  uwcscholars@ou.edu