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Are freshmen allowed to have cars on campus?
All Oakland University students are allowed to have cars on campus and parking is free.
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Are members of my family allowed to use the Rec Center?
Family members are eligible to purchase a membership or may use the Rec Center as guests of the student. All guests 16 years or older must show valid photo ID. Please visit the Rec Center website for complete details on membership eligibility and guest pass purchases.
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Are there fraternities and sororities on OU's campus?
Yes. Oakland University has a number of Greek Organizations.
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As an international student, how do I find out about Curricular Practical Training or Optional Practical Training?
To find out more information regarding Curricular Practical Training or Optional Practical Training, be sure to attend one of the many employment seminars presented by the ISSO throughout the semester. Contact the ISSO at (248) 370-3358 or stop by the ISSO at 157 NFH to inquire about upcoming dates.  Click here for a schedule of upcoming seminars.
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As an international student, why do I need health insurance?
Medical costs in the United States are very high. In order to insure that you will be covered in the event of illness or injury. At Oakland University,it is mandatory that all international students and scholars (F-1 or J-1 Visa holders) must carry health insurance. This is not an optional item. To read about the requirements visit the health insurance web page.  
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Can Graham Health Center fill a prescription from my family doctor?
No, Graham Health Center is not not a state-licensed pharmacy. We are only able to dispense medication ordered by the health care providers for clients after they have been evaluated for the specific medical concern.
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Can I get a TB test at the Graham Health Center?
Yes, Graham Health Center offers TB tests every day, except Thursday, by appointment. The cost is $12. You must be available to come back in 48-72 hours to have it read. TB tests are highly recommended for anyone who has traveled out of the country since their last test.
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Can I join the Alumni Association if I have not graduated from Oakland University?
You must be an OU graduate to become a member of the alumni association. We will continue to honor “friends of the alumni association” and “grandfather” their member status to reward their past support and commitment to the association.
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Can new students and transfer students join any student organization?
All recognized student organizations must be open on an equal basis to any OU student in membership and programming. (By law, fraternities and sororities are permitted to be single sex.)
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Can others have access to a student's counseling file at Graham Health Center?
No. Confidentiality rules are strictly observed and are consistent with statelaw. No notation is made on any university record about voluntary use of OU Counseling services.
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Can students use the Rec Center?
Students enrolled for at least one course each semester are automatically members for that semester/term, which entitles the individual to use the Rec Center and the programs and services offered by the Department of Campus Recreation.
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Do I have to attend orientation?
Yes. All first-time and transfer students are required to attend orientation. Students will meet with academic advisers and register for courses at this program. If you have questions, please visit our Web site or contact Orientation and New Student Programs at (248) 370-GOLD.  
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Do I need an appointment at the Graham Health Center?
The goal of the Graham Health Center staff is to be able to see all scheduled and walk-in patients. However, there are times when the number of walk-in patients exceeds their capabilities. Therefore, it is in your best interest to schedule an appointment. The earlier you call in the morning the better we are able to accommodate you.
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Do you have health insurance available to students?
Yes. Health insurance is available to any enrolled Oakland University student. It is offered through Maskin Management. Application packets are available in the lobby of the Graham Health Center.
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Do you offer campus tours?  What days and times are they offered?
Yes, Oakland University invites you to take a closer look at its 1,441-acre campus. Come take a walking tour, led by a student ambassador. Tours are held Monday through Friday. Space is limited and reservations are required. To schedule a campus tour, click here, or contact Undergraduate Admissions at (248) 370-3360 or (800) OAK-UNIV. Admissions presentations and campus tours are held on specific Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The tour includes the residence halls.
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Do you offer internships and co-ops?
The Department of Placement and Career Services Experiential Education unit helps students in arranging internships, cooperative education work experiences and part-time or full-time seasonal employment in positions that complement their classroom work.
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Does Graham Health Center take my medical insurance?
Currently Graham Health Center only participates and bills directly for the Student Insurance participants, along with Messa, BCBS, and PPOM. However, there is a possibility, depending on your coverage, that certain services can be billed directly through participating laboratories (i.e.; throat cultures, blood tests, etc.). Your insurance information is reviewed at each visit, at which time we can better advise you of possible available coverage. Please bring your insurance card with you, or a copy of the front and back of your parent's card. We work very hard to keep your out-of-pocket expenses to a minimum but we can not guarentee insurance coverage/payment.
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How can a student obtain a counseling appointment at Graham Health Center?
A student may make a counseling appointment by visiting Graham Health Center in person or calling (248) 370-3465.
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How can I apply for an Oakland University Credit Union checking account?
Visit the OU Spirit Card Plus Web site and click on “Open My Oakland University Credit Union Account.” Or, you can visit any Oakland University Credit Union branch. To locate the branch nearest you, visit the Oakland University Credit Union website.”
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How can I find out more about Rec Center programs?
More information about Rec Center programs can be found at the Department of Campus Recreation's main Web page. You may also contact us at the Welcome Center at (248) 370-4REC (4732).
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How can I find out what courses transfer to OU?
After you are admitted, you will receive an official transfer credit evaluation. All coursework completed with a “C” or better grade is evaluated. You may use transferred courses for general education and major requirements. Academic departments will review transcripts for credits to be used toward major requirements by the end of your first semester at OU.

If you have attended a Michigan community college, you can view our course equivalencies online.

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How can I make sure I am taking the correct courses?
  • Attend your new student orientation program.
  • Meet with your academic adviser prior to registering for classes.
  • Read the course descriptions in your course catalog to ensure you have taken the prerequisites for each course.
Always check the requirements for your major.

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How can I obtain my transcripts from other schools?
To get your transcripts from other schools, contact the Registrar's Office at your prior college or university.
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How can I see my academic adviser?
All first-year students, as well as undecided and re-deciding upperclassmen will meet with their assigned academic adviser in the First Year Advising Center in 121 North Foundation Hall. For undergraduate students who have earned 28 or more credits and have selected a major, you will meet with your academic adviser in the school/college of the selected major. Please remember that every new student will their academic adviser during their orientation program. You can identify your adviser by going to oakland.edu/advising. Graduate student advising is handled at the department level. 
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How can I visit Oakland University's campus?
Oakland is happy to give future students and their families a tour of campus. Please contact us at (800) OAK-UNIV for campus visit information.
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