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Anticipate the Journey

Students can use the guide below to anticipate opportunities, stressors and roadblocks that arise each semester. The following checklists should be followed first through senior year. For a more interactive version, vist The Guide


Check Your Schedule

Review your class schedule and locations before the first day of school You can check each course syllabus on Canvas for required items and textbooks

Make Schedule Changes

If you need to change your schedule, you may add courses through the end of the first week of classes and drop courses (with a 100% refund) through the end of second week (refer to the Academic Calendar.

Review Your Plan to Pay for School

If you plan to make monthly payments to your Bursar account, the first payment installment is due this month and September/February 25 is the last day to pay the full bill without service charges. If you decide to pay in full, your balance must be paid this month. Need to make a plan? Connect with your MoneyCoach by scheduling an appointment.

Check Financial Aid Has Been Applied to Your Account

Accept, reduce or decline your aid on Financial Aid for the semester is typically applied to your account during the week before classes begin.

Make Connections

Early in the semester is a great time to get involved and see what organizations are doing over the next few months! Check out their Engage page or follow them on social media to stay up to date!

Find Your Groove

As the semester starts to pick up, make sure you are finding a routine that works for you It might be a good idea to plan out specific times for class, studying, outside responsibilities, jobs, health, and fun.

Work the Network

College courses might be different than you expected and can be difficult. OU offers a variety of academic resources to assist you in your academics. Check out the Academic Resources in The Guide.

If you run into significant roadblocks or need help connecting to these resources, contact the Compass Network.

Prepare for the Upcoming Semester

Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. Discuss any concerns about your current classes as well as the courses you plan to take during the upcoming semester. Review what to do before, during and after your appointment in The Guide. Don’t forget to write down the day and time of your Enrollment Window.

Do an Emotional Wellness Check

Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed? You are not alone; these are very common feelings for college students. Visit University Counseling Center for just-in-time resources or to make an appointment with a Goddard counselor.

Find Funding for Next Year

In October, fill out the FAFSA and the OU Centralized Academic Scholarship Hub (CASH) application to apply for federal aid and scholarships. It opens Oct. 1 and closes Feb. 1. By March, you should have a financial plan in place for next year. Contact your MoneyCoach or the Student Financial Center if you have any questions!

Check Your Midterm Grades

Midterm grades are posted on One. If you are struggling in a class, contact your academic advisor. If you think you might need to drop a course, the last day to take a W is in the 12th week of the fall and spring semesters.


It’s time to enroll for the upcoming semester! Be sure to clear any holds that might be on your One account that could impact your ability to enroll. If a course you need is full, remember that many classes have a waitlist available.

Make Sure You Know When Your Final Exams Are Taking Place

Look at your course syllabi or on One to find out the days and times. Read about the Final Exam policy.

Pay Off Your Bursar Account

If you still have a balance, you most likely have a hold on your account, which may impact other university business. If you have general questions about your account, contact the Student Financial Center at (405) 325-9000. If you need help making a financial plan, schedule an appointment with your MoneyCoach.

Check Your Grades on One.

Remember that your grades are not a reflection of who you are. If this semester went well, congratulations! If this semester didn’t go as you had planned, reflect on your challenges and try again next semester!

Repeating a Course

If you need to retake a course or you are ineligible to proceed to the next course because of grades, consult with your advisor as soon as possible to make the appropriate adjustments. 

The summer semester at the University of Oklahoma provides you with a unique opportunity to get ahead, stay on track or catch up while still enjoying some downtime

Students may enroll in up to 9 hours of summer courses (course restrictions may apply) to help ease fall and spring semester course load. Many are able to get into that “always full” required course during the summer semester, while others appreciate being able to singularly focus on a difficult subject. You also can choose to pursue special topics during the summer — like Study Abroad, intensive study and practicum experiences — that may not easily fit into fall or spring course schedules. Most summer classes held on campus are small, allowing students and faculty to enjoy more informal interactions in a relaxed environment. In addition, during the summer months, all students may live on campus, where friendships are formed, programming and activities are provided, and easy parking is available.

Understanding that you look forward to a slower pace during summertime, OU’s intensive accelerated summer course schedule allows you to earn quick credit hours while providing ample time for enjoying summer downtime and fun.

Taking just one class every summer allows many students to graduate one semester sooner than planned!


Summer Semester