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Getting Involved
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Registration
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Last day to drop a fall 2017 course for 100% refund
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Advising
Call to schedule your required FYAC fall appointment
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Financial
Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA to apply for financial assistance for the next academic year.
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Start Strong At OU

Between classes, homework assignments, class projects, appointments and participating in social activities, things can get very busy, very fast. Use this section of the Golden Grizzly Guide to help make the transition from high school to college a little easier.

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Academics

In addition to class participation, homework and group assignments, there are many other components to your learning experience. Take advantage of these important resources starting in your first year to set you up for success.

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Advising

All first-year students are required to meet with their adviser once in the fall semester. Prepare for your appointment by making a list of questions for your adviser and reviewing your degree plan.

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Course Changes

Sometimes, you might need to make a change to your schedule. Use this section to review the process of adding, dropping and withdrawing from courses and how it can affect you financially and academically.

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Finances

Now that you’ve started classes, it is equally important to understand your financial responsibilities. Whether you are receiving financial aid or paying out of pocket, review OU’s financial policies and deadlines. The fall semester is also the time to get a head start on your FAFSA for next year.

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Get Connected

There are many ways to get connected to the OU community outside of the classroom. Whether you enjoy sports, student government, working or volunteering, there is something for everyone. Challenge yourself to become involved in at least one extracurricular activity.

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Major/Career

Over one-third of OU graduates change their major at least once. We know that selecting a major is not an easy task and that is why we’re here to help select the major and career that best fits you. Through appointments with your adviser, you will explore your interests, personality, skills and values to help make the right decision.

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Thinking Ahead

It’s not too early to begin thinking about volunteering in your community, studying abroad or completing an internship with a major corporation. Consider opportunities that will positively impact your college experience and future career goals.

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Monitoring your Grades

College is different than high school in many ways. In college, there are no progress reports; rather you are responsible for knowing and tracking your grades in each course.

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Utilize Moodle

Many courses use an online system called Moodle, which allows you to receive information about class assignments, grades and upcoming projects.

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View Faculty Feedback

Your professor may provide feedback via email on how you can improve in a course. Review their recommendations to get back on the right track.

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Struggling in Course

Many students struggle in their first semester. Take advantage of resources to help you get back on track.

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Seek Tutoring Support

The Tutoring Center offers tutoring for most 100- and 200- level courses. Seek help early and often.

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Writing Center

The Writing Center offers services that will help you ace your next paper. Although they won’t write the paper for you, they will help you develop thoughts that will be music to your professor’s ears.

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Take Care of Yourself

Learn how time and stress management can help ease anxiety and help you to be a more productive student.

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Review Academic Conduct Policy

Plagiarism and cheating are not tolerated. Become familiar with OU’s Academic Conduct Policy.

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Pre-Health Professional Resources

Students interested in attending a professional school should begin taking advantage of testing resources, preparation events and volunteer opportunities. Discuss your next steps with the pre-professional advising office.

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Review Final Exam Schedule

The final exam schedule is different than your class schedule.

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Academic Probation

If your first semester doesn't go as planned, the FYAC has resources for you to get back on track.

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Schedule your Advising Appointment

Required advising appointments begin after the add/drop period. Complete this requirement early to avoid receiving a hold on your account. Call the First Year Advising Center at (248) 370-3227 to schedule.

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Prepare for your Appointment

In your fall appointment, you will discuss a variety of topics. Prepare to meet with your adviser by creating a list of questions ahead of time.

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Degree Plans and Checklists

Become familiar with your degree requirements by reviewing your degree plan and checklist. You will discuss these documents in your advising appointments.

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School and College Information

Access additional forms, event information and documents for your school/college and major. Check back often for updated information.

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FYAC Chat

Do you have a quick question? Experienced student leaders are available online to answer your questions, Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., about campus resources, important dates and more!

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Stay on track to complete 28 credits

Earning 28 credits in your first year is an important milestone to staying on track for graduation. Review the four key benefits to earning 28 credits.

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Adding a Course

If you need to add an additional course(s) to your schedule, consult the list of suggested courses provided to you at orientation. Reach out to your adviser for further assistance, if needed.

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Waitlist for Courses

If a course is full, a waitlist may be available. Students are notified via email when a seat becomes available.

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Dropping a Course

Dropping a course can affect you financially and academically. Make an informed decision by contacting Student Financial Services and your adviser.

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Withdrawing From a Course

After the add/drop period students have the option to withdraw from a course for a ‘W’ grade. Review the financial implications and speak to your adviser.

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How to Make Schedule Changes

Review these tutorials to learn how to add, drop, or withdraw from a course on MySAIL.

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Complete the FAFSA for Next Year

The FAFSA is available each year on October 1. Use your previous year taxes to start the process early for a full understanding of your aid.

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Review Scholarship Renewal Criteria

You may have earned a scholarship when you were admitted to OU. Become familiar with the scholarship renewal criteria.

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Enroll in a Payment Plan for Winter Semester

If you are unable to make your payment in full, Student Financial Services offers payment plans.

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Pay Winter Bill

Payment is due for winter by December 15. View your eBill and connect with Student Financial Services for questions.

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Become A Student Leader

You’ve likely already interacted with some of OU’s best student leaders. Take on the challenge of becoming the next group leader, mentor or ambassador.

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Connect with a Student Organization

Join a student organization to link up with other students with similar interests. Want to start your own? Gather four of your closest friends and a faculty/staff adviser and register as a group.

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Be a Part of Greek Life

OU is home to 17 sororities and fraternities. Each organization differs in rituals, but all help you develop leadership skills and lifelong friendships.

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Volunteer In Your Community

Do you have a heart to give back? Make a difference in your community by volunteering with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, and Alternative Spring Break.

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Participate on an Intramural Sports Team

Compete in tournaments and games with your peers, roommates and classmates for a chance to win the title of reigning campus champ. Sports include basketball, softball, flag football, and many more.

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Join a Club Sport

Club sports are registered student organizations whose members have a shared interest in a particular sport or activity. Join a winning team to compete in competitions and earn a national championship.

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Enjoy the Arts

OU offers a full schedule of music performances, stage plays and dance recitals. Attend an event to immerse yourself in the world of imagination.

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Work On Campus

On-campus jobs are available to all OU students through Handshake. Create your profile and have access to thousands of internships and jobs.

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Interest Skills and Values

There are three key areas to consider when selecting a major: interests, skills and values. Reflecting on these areas will help guide you in the right direction to select a major and/or career.

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Investigate your Options

Now that you’ve identified your potential options, it’s time to investigate. OU offers more than 130 majors and the world of career options is even larger.

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Decide on your Best Fit

After you have narrowed down to a few majors, ask questions, make a pro/con list and discuss with your adviser before making your final decision.

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Engage with your Choice

Now that you’ve selected a major, don’t stop there. Join a student organization, volunteer or work with Career Services to secure an internship.

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Volunteer In Your Community

Need volunteer hours for your major or graduate school? Get a head start by connecting with community organizations. Remember to keep a journal of your hours.

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Expand Your Horizons

Learn about cultural differences first-hand by studying abroad in places like Italy, Spain or Africa or studying away in another state.

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Land An Internship

Your first year is a great time to think about internship opportunities. Many companies expect students to have at least one or more internships which can lead to a full-time position after graduation.

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Attend Career Related Events

Career Services offers many programs for you to network with prospective employers and companies.

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