I'm Admitted and Ready to Attend Orientation

As a new student, there is much to learn and do
in preparation to begin at OU.

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Important Dates

October 1, 2021

FAFSA available for 2022-23 academic year

April 15, 2023

Summer 2023 payment due

May 8, 2023

Summer 2023 classes begin (16 weeks)

May 8, 2023

Summer I classes begin (8 weeks)

July 5, 2023

Summer II classes begin (8 weeks)

October 1, 2022

FAFSA available for 2023-2024 academic year

October 1, 2022

Fall 2023 housing sign-up available

September 5, 2023

New Student Welcome

September 6, 2023

Fall 2023 classes begin

October 1, 2022

FAFSA available for 2023-24 academic year

November 1, 2023

Winter 2024 housing sign-up available

December 15, 2023

Winter 2024 payment due

January 4, 2024

Winter 2024 classes begin

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Now That You're Admitted

Make your list and check it twice. Follow these steps to complete the process of becoming a Golden Grizzly.

Activate OU Accounts

Activate your official Oakland email and MySAIL (student portal) accounts to register for orientation, apply for on-campus housing and access your financial aid award information.

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Complete the FAFSA

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1 to apply for financial assistance. Add Oakland University’s school code: 002307.

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When to Attend Orientation

Transfer students attend orientation the semester before you begin at OU.

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Sign up for Transfer Student Orientation

Secure a date to attend Transfer Student Orientation where you will meet with an academic adviser and register for your courses.

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Accept Scholarships (if applicable)

Be sure to complete the process to accept the scholarship(s) you received when you were admitted.

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Consider Additional Scholarships

Research other scholarship opportunities that can aid in paying for college.

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Submit Official College Transcripts

Work with the previous college(s) or university(s) you took courses at to submit your official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar, O'Dowd Hall, Rm 100, 586 Pioneer Dr, Rochester, MI 48309-4401.

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Sign-Up To Live On Campus (if applicable)

Complete a housing contract as soon as possible to live on-campus. Applications available beginning February 1 for fall and October 15 for winter. Please note space is limited.

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Apply to the Honors College (if applicable)

OU’s Honors College allows students to creatively explore ideas and research with campus partners across the university. If you are interested in joining the Honors College, apply below. Once admitted students will attend an information session.

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Audition for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance (if applicable)

Students who wish to major in music, theatre or dance must audition for the department faculty. Contact the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at mtd@oakland.edu.

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Athletes (if applicable)

If you have been contacted by a varsity coach to participate in intercollegiate athletics, contact the athletic academic adviser at (248) 370-3190 before orientation so they can assist you in creating a class schedule to accommodate team practices and events.

Veterans Support Services

Veterans should complete necessary Veteran Certification forms and can seek additional support through Veteran Support Services.

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Prepare for Orientation

We are excited to welcome you to the Golden Grizzly community through our orientation program. Learn what to expect and start on the right foot at OU.

Meet Your Academic Adviser

Academic advisers are divided amongst six professional schools and one liberal arts college. Your academic adviser will assist you in selecting courses at Oakland University.

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What to Bring

Be sure to bring copies of your college transcripts.

Financial Aid

We understand paying for college is an important factor in your decision to attend OU. Make sure you're financially prepared by completing a few important tasks. Most can be done online within a short amount of time.

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Transferring Your Credits

Transferring Your Credits

Learning how your credits transfer is a critical component of starting at OU. From MTA/MACRAO to general education requirements, get all the details here.

Review Your Preliminary Transfer Evaluation

A preliminary evaluation of coursework taken at other institution(s) is sent to you within a few weeks of admission.

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Submit Any New Transcripts

If you have taken courses at another institution since you applied to OU, send your official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar, O'Dowd Hall, Rm 100, 586 Pioneer Dr, Rochester, MI 48309-4401.

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See How Your Credits Transfer

The Transfer Credit Evaluator contains course equivalency information for community colleges and four-year institutions. Use the evaluator to get an idea of which courses may transfer to OU. The course equivalency information listed in the evaluator is subject to change.

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Transfer Credits and Tuition Assessment

Tuition is assessed based on a student’s class standing, residency and the number of credits enrolled. If transfer credits entered into your academic record change your class standing from sophomore to junior mid-semester, the tuition for the current semester will reassess from the lower level tuition rate to the upper level tuition rate.

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General Education

The Office of the Registrar will evaluate your transcripts to determine which general education categories you have satisfied from your previous institution. All majors are required to complete the general education requirements.

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OU participates in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO) Articulation Agreement. Most general education requirements will be met with the exception of a writing intensive course in the major and a capstone course. In addition, students must either transfer in a course for the knowledge applications requirement or take a course at OU.

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Course Reviews

Courses that do not automatically transfer to the university can be reviewed for transferability by completing a Transfer Course Review Form and submitting a course syllabus from your prior institution.

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