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Frequently Asked Questions

Please read this list of frequently asked questions for summer 2022. If your question is not answered, please contact us at and we will be happy to assist you.

Students can register online on our registration page.

Students must register by June 1, 2023.

To officially cancel your registration for the program, please email with your request, name, and OU ID by July 1, 2023.

Students can receive financial aid assistance for the Start Sooner program. Students will need to complete a FAFSA by June 30, 2023 for the academic year of 2022-2023. This FAFSA will not count towards the academic year of 2023-2024. Start Sooner students will need to complete an additional FAFSA for the academic year of 2023-2024 to receive assistance for Fall 2023. The deadline to apply for financial aid for Start Sooner is June 30, 2023.

Students who receive financial aid assistance will count as a half year towards their remaining eligibility of financial aid. Students will have 5.5 years remaining of financial assistance after receiving aid for Start Sooner.

Oklahoma’s Promise students tuition waiver will not be able to be used for Start Sooner. Oklahoma’s Promise tuition waiver does not start until fall of the student’s first year of college.

Students’ bursar bills must be paid by July 25, 2023.

Upon successful completion of the program students will receive six hours of credit. Three (3) credit hours for the general education course and three (3) for the ‘Foundation to College Learning’ course.

Start Sooner students will enroll in two courses for a total of 6 credit hours. Students should refer to our 'Academics' page for more information on offered courses for summer 2023.

Yes, students will schedule an advising appointment with one of our Start Sooner advisors where they will be able to select the general education course they would like to take in addition to the Foundation to College Learning course. Once registered for Start Sooner, our team will email all students with additional information on the summer enrollment and advising process.

Students should schedule their New Sooner Orientation (NSO) advising as normal. However we ask that they do not schedule their NSO appointment during the program, as class attendance is mandatory. Any students who schedule their NSO appointment during the program will be asked to reschedule.

Start Sooner students will have access to many campus resources including the campus writing center, course specific math tutoring, academic support from course teaching assistants, and support from Action Tutoring. Students will also learn about campus academic resources in the ‘Foundation to College Learning’ course

Information on specific room and building assignments will be available in the early spring semester. For more information on Start Sooner housing, please visit our Housing page. To learn more about the residence halls, please visit the OU Housing webpage.

Optional (but highly encouraged) programs will be planned by Start Sooner staff most weeknights of the program. Optional Saturday trips around Oklahoma will be planned for each weekend of the program. The cost for all programming is included in the program fee.

Yes, the program will conclude in time for students to participate in Panhellenic recruitment.

Yes. Students are able to leave campus during the program at their leisure as long as they sign-out with staff. However, class attendance is mandatory.

Yes. If a student wishes to return home at this time, they are free to travel without having to check-in with Start Sooner staff. Students will need to return to campus for Camp Crimson, which will be the week before the Fall semester begins.

Due to the rigorous class schedule, we do not allow our students to have a job during the Start Sooner program. We would like our students to be as successful as possible during this program so we feel that not having a job would help students to focus on their academics and transition into college life.

Helpful Terms to Know

Here is a list of words used at OU that might be helpful to know during the application, advising, and enrollment process.

Your nine-digit ID number assigned to you when you are admitted.

More commonly known as your 4x4, your OU Net ID, along with your password, will be you log-in for access to OU services.

The “academic home” for all concurrent, freshmen and other students until they have earned 24 college credit hours, declared a major and have met the GPA requirement for the Degree-Granting College the major is housed. University College is also the home to pre-health majors prior to attending the OU Health Sciences Center.

The “academic home” where student pursue specific degree requirements and their major work is completed. After a student has earned 24 credit hours, declared a major and met the GPA requirement of the degree-granting college, their records are transferred from University College to their degree-granting college.

The process of planning a program and selecting courses with assistance from an academic advisor. 

The process of choosing and officially registering in a set of courses for a semester or term.

A common set of courses or categories of courses that are required of all undergraduate students to complete a degree.

The unit of credit for one hour of lecture per week for a semester.

A 16-week academic session. 

Please note – each new semester, students will enroll in a new set of courses.

A requirement, usually credit in another course, which must be met before a particular course can be taken.

A requirement that one course must be taken at the same time as another course. 

Example – some courses may have a lab or discussion that a student must also enroll to earn full credit.

3000 and 4000 level courses. 

1000 and 2000 level courses. 

An examination that is comprehensive in nature or that accounts for a greater proportion of the final grade than an exam given during the semester.

Please note - Final exams may be scheduled for a different time than when the class met during the semester.

The charge paid by all students to enroll in courses at the university. 

A charge paid by students for services, e.g., course fee, student activity fee, health fee, etc. 

If you have any questions about the program or registration process email or call 405-550-3659.