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New Student Orientation & Enrollment


Northern Oklahoma College-Stillwater The Northern Oklahoma College Stillwater campus, established in 2003, admits approximately 400 new students each fall and spring semester, serving some 1,700 students overall. The campus also admits students seeking general education courses that transfer to other comprehensive colleges and universities, including those planning to transfer to Oklahoma State University. All students enrolled at NOC Stillwater are offered specific services that are available to OSU students, including technology, campus involvement and wellness resources. In addition, an OSU transfer counselor is available for NOC-Stillwater students weekly throughout the fall and spring semesters. For more information on this service, please see the NOC-Stillwater main office or email nocgateway@okstate.edu.

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Degree and Career Goals Choosing Your Major Choosing the right academic path is not always easy. You have to consider the decision from many angles to find the best fit for you. There is a general misconception that careers are directly linked to undergraduate degrees, but this is not always true. Most degrees lead to an array of career choices depending on how you wish to focus your interests, knowledge and abilities. With the help of your academic adviser and career services consultants, you will develop connections between academics and careers through exploration, research and experiences.

What degree direction should you take? If you have a specific career in mind, research it to learn what degree areas usually support it. If you need additional help choosing a specific career, visit the Career Services at hireosugrads.com and click on the tabs for “career development” and “undergraduate degree.” • Visit websites for each degree area and read about what areas are the focus of each degree. • Read the course descriptions listed in the last section of the university catalog for your potential degrees. • TALK TO PEOPLE! Find people currently working in the area or in related areas and ask how they earned their positions and what they studied (or wish they had studied). For your first enrollment, you do not have to know exactly where you’re headed, but you do need to have a few options in mind. If you are looking at multiple areas, choose the degree program with the least flexibility to start. For instance, if you’re equally interested in graphic design and marketing, you might begin in graphic design, where the first semester coursework must include Drawing I. Marketing is slightly more flexible and will allow for transferring classes to its program should you change within your first or second year.

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What classes should you take at NOC that will transfer to your degree at OSU? All OSU degrees have some common general education requirements. To maximize your time at NOC, it would be best to consult an OSU degree requirement sheet for your particular major and take general education courses at NOC that will transfer to OSU. The following NOC courses are recommended for those interested in transferring to OSU after earning 24 credit hours.

NOC Course

OSU Equivalent

BIOL 1114 Introductory Biology

BIOL 1114 Introductory Biology

ENGL 1113 English Compostion I

ENGL 1113 Composition I

ENGL 1213 English Composition II

ENGL 1213 Composition II

ECON 2103 Microeconomics ECON 2103 Introduction to Microeconomics GEOG 2253 World Regional GEOG 2253 World Regional Geography Geography HIST 1483 American History to 1865

HIST 1483 American History to 1865

HIST 1493 American History HIST 1493 American History since 1865 since 1865 MATH 1483 Math Functions

MATH 1483 Math Functions & Uses

MATH 1513 College Algebra

MATH 1513 College Algebra

POLS 1113 American Government

POLS 1113 American Government

PSYC 1113 General Psychology

PSYC 1113 Introductory Psychology

SOCI 1113 Principles of Sociology

SOC 1113 Introductory Sociology

SPCH 2713 Oral Communication SPCH 2713 Intro to Speech Communication Degree requirement sheets for OSU can be found at registrar.okstate.edu. To see the NOC-OSU course equivalencies, visit the transfer credit guides located at admissions.okstate.edu/transfer. In addition, if you have questions, consult your NOC adviser or schedule an appointment with an OSU admissions counselor.

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Career Services 360 Student Union 405-744-5253 hireosugrads.com Career decisions should be considered in conjunction with academic decisions. Consultants in Career Services and Academic Advisers can help you bridge majors, minors, skills and careers. Even when you know your chosen academic and career path, multiple major and direction changes may still occur unless time is taken to investigate the chosen path and compare the skills required, work environment and expectations with your own interests, aptitudes and abilities. By using career services in conjunction with academic advising, you will get the full view of your journey ahead and choose the path that fits you best. Students are encouraged to learn more about themselves and the world of work, identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations, and develop an effective strategy to realize their goals. Services offered by OSU Career Services include: • Part-time/full-time/internship listings through the HIRE SYSTEM • Individualized career advice • Campus-wide career fairs • On-campus interviews • Resume development/critiques

• Mock interview days • Employer connections • Internship information • Job search strategies and tools • Major & career connections • Career exploration

Career Services maximize employment and internship opportunities for students through employer relations and student education. Employment assistance is available for part-time jobs, work-study jobs, internships, and full-time positions. The Hire System database provides links to job postings, resume referrals and employment connections. Begin your path to a rewarding career by logging on to the OSU Hire System. Register today and increase your visibility with potential internships, part-time and full-time positions.

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Educational Expenses Financial Aid To be considered for federal aid for the award year, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you did not list NOC when you submitted the FAFSA, you can add NOC to your application. The school code for NOC is 003162. Once NOC has been added, the school will receive the application information from the U.S. Department of Education and determine your eligibility for assistance. Types and amounts of financial aid vary from school to school, depending on the cost of attendance and availability of funds in each aid program. To be considered for aid, you should respond promptly to any requests for additional information you may receive from NOC. You will receive official notification of your eligibility once all requested information is received. When you transfer to OSU, you will need to change the school code on the FAFSA to 003170.

OSU Bursar Account The OSU Bursar account is for housing, meal plan, books, parking permit, etc. The OSU Bursar’s Office generates a electronic billing statement on the last business day of every month detailing charges and payments that occurred during that month. The billing statement is emailed to you at the beginning of each month. Payment is due no later than the 15th of each month. The financial aid awarded to you does not cover the OSU Bursar account. If you receive a refund on your NOC Red Card, it is your responsibility to apply this to your OSU Bursar account. You can view your billing statement and pay online at bursar.okstate.edu.

Buying Textbooks The Northern Oklahoma College Bookstore is owned and operated by NOC. Student can order textbooks online at bookstore.north-ok.edu and have them delivered to the NOC-Stillwater campus free of charge. Students must have financial aid in place or pay at pickup to purchase books from NOC.

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Books may also be purchased at the University Store in the OSU Student Union and charged to the OSU Bursar account. Books located at the University Store are for OSU courses. All materials may not be available for NOC courses.

Technology Resources OSU Student ID NOC-Stillwater students will receive an OSU student ID card for use on the OSU campus. Your OSU Student ID card can be obtained at 113 Math Sciences. Your student ID can be used as photo identification, to access certain buildings and facilities on campus, to charge to your OSU Bursar account and to gain admission to OSU sporting events. Always carry your student ID with you on campus.

O-Key (Orange Key) Account O-Key is OSU’s centralized web-based account management and service programming system. One of O-Key’s core functions is to provide a single secure user ID and password to access university services. To activate your O-Key account, visit okey.okstate.edu.

When Do I Use My O-Key Log-in Information? Your O-Key username and password can access the computer labs, the Student Information System (SIS), the OSU wireless network, and your okstate.edu email account.

Points of Interest in O-Key •

Campus Alerts: You will be asked to provide emergency contact information that will be used for the Campus Alert system. You can enter your phone number to receive text messages and/or voicemail alerts. The Campus Alert system will notify you regarding emergencies on campus. This information is confidential and will not be used for communicating anything other than actual emergencies.

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Email Forwarding: You have the option to have your email forwarded to another email address. You may change your email destination by logging in to your O-Key account and clinking on “Email Destination.”

Note: If you forward your OSU email account to another email account, it will not be accessible from Cowboy/Orange Mail. All previously received email messages will be deleted from those accounts. Make sure your forwarding account lists “okstate.edu” as an accepted sender. •

Password Expiration: O-Key passwords expire every 120 days to ensure the security of your account. You will receive an email notifying you of your password expiration 30 days before it is set to expire, and you can monitor this on the first page of your O-Key account.

For questions about your O-Key account, contact the IT Helpdesk at helpdesk@okstate.edu or 405-744-HELP (4357).

Eating on Campus University Dining Services 076 Student Union 405-744-4424 dining.okstate.edu UDS offers 30+ dining options across campus. The choices provide something for everyone, from early morning to late night, from cafeteria dining to national franchises and specialty restaurants. Your OSU meal plan can be used in any campus location. Other methods of payment can also be used including OSU Bursar charge, cash, and credit/debit card. UDS is proud to partner with the Seretean Wellness Center in the Choose Orange program. Be sure to look for the Choose Orange logo on the items that qualify for healthy U.S. Dietary Guidelines.

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Meal Plans 301 Student Union 405-744-4920 dining.okstate.edu Meal plans were designed with student input. You can purchase a particular plan, and each time you eat in a dining option an amount is deducted from your balance. OSU meal plans allow you to decide where you want to eat, when you want to eat and how often you want to eat. For more information regarding meal plan options, visit dining.okstate.edu.

Healthy Lifestyle Department of Wellness wellness.okstate.edu The Department of Wellness offers programs and services for complete health and wellness of the mind and body. Programs and services include Intramural sports, aquatics, adaptive sports, Outdoor Adventure and sports clubs. In addition, the Department of Wellness maintains three facilities for use by students.

Colvin Recreation Center 405-744-5510 The Colvin Recreation Center provides the highest quality facilities and experiences for the OSU community, promoting educational development for all students by meeting diverse recreational needs. The $23 million, 240,000-square-foot facility includes 10 basketball/volleyball courts, 12 racquetball courts, a multipurpose activity court, three-lane indoor track, free weights, machine weights, cardio equipment, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a 35-foot climbing wall and more.

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Seretean Wellness Center 405-744-9355 The Seretean Wellness Center offers a variety of health-related programs for students, including annual wellness screenings. Other services include massage therapy, physical therapy, nutrition services and personal training. There are additional costs for services, and students may charge fees to their OSU Bursar account.

Student Counseling Center 320 Student Union 405-744-5472 ucs.okstate.edu The Student Counseling Center is a safe zone to address any concern, including academic problems, anxiety, body image concerns, depression, grief, homesickness and sexual orientation development. Resources include individual, couple and group counseling, crisis intervention and psychiatric services. Free and anonymous online screenings can be found on our website. An after-hours counselor is available for emergencies through the OSU Police Department at 405-744-6523. For more information about services at the center, go to ucs.okstate.edu.

Student Disability Services 315 Student Union 405-744-7116 (Voice/TTL) 405-571-9765 (Videophone) sds.okstate.edu Student Disability Services provides academic support services to students with documented disabilities. Our goal is to provide assistance that will allow equal opportunity and access education for each student. SDS is committed to establishing a community that ensures full participation for all students. Academic support services include specialized testing, classroom accommodations, accessible textbooks, access to/assistance with Assistive Technology and other services as necessary. Students may request services by contacting SDS and providing appropriate disability documentation.

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University Health Services 1202 W. Farm Road 405-744-7665 okstate.edu/UHS University Health Services is an outpatient ambulatory care facility designed to provide cost-effective, physician-directed health care and health information. Services include an outpatient medical clinic, pharmacy, laboratory services, radiology, women’s clinic, immunizations, health education, allergy clinic, flight physicals and an insurance office. University Health Services is partially funded by student fees and charges for services. Payments may be made by cash, check, or Bursar charge. The insurance office can assist with filing claims for insurance reimbursement. You are responsible for deductibles, co-pays and nonallowed charges as defined by your insurance plan. UHS is neither a Medicaid nor a Medicare provider. Students covered by these plans may request a waiver of the semester health fee.

Getting Involved Campus Life 211 Student Union 405-744-5488 campuslife.okstate.edu Leadership requires students to be actively engaged in creative problem-solving in and out of the classroom. With more than 400 student organizations on the OSU campus, leaders are made and real-world experience is gained here. Do you want to learn more? CampusLink is an online tool that combines information about all student organizations on campus. You can log in to CampusLink (campuslink.okstate.edu) with your O-Key information.

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Off-Campus Student Association 405-744-7283 osuoffcampus.org The Off-Campus Student Association develops networks and works to ensure issues related to the off-campus student population are heard. The purpose of OCSA is to serve all off-campus studnts as a general representative body. Issues addressed by OCSA include OSU, local, state and national civic affairs. In addition, OCSA serves as a source of fellowship for uniting off-campus students.

Service-Learning Volunteer Center 405-744-5488 union.okstate.edu/volunteer Students are encouraged to take advantage of meaningful service learning activities and volunteer on and off campus through nonprofit agencies and during community service days. The center works in three major areas: volunteerism, service learning and civic engagement.

Office of Multicultural Affairs 240 Student Union 405-744-5481 oma.okstate.edu The Office of Multicultural Affairs is a place for students of different cultures, backgrounds and experience come together in an effort to learn more about each other and about themselves. OMA is home to several OSU cultural affinity groups, including the AfricanAmerican Student Association, Asian-American Student Association, Hispanic Student Association, Native American Student Association, Vietnamese-American Student Association, Sexual Orientation Diversity Association, National Organization for Women and the Women’s Resource Center Student Alliance.

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Parking and Transit Parking Permits 405-744-6525 parking.okstate.edu Vehicles parked on the OSU campus must purchase and display a parking permit annually, unless the vehicle is parked in a pay facility (i.e., garage or metered space). Any motor vehicle parked on university property between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday must display a valid OSU paid parking permit. All OSU parking permits and registration decals, regardless of when they are issued, expire on Aug. 31 of each year, with the exception of bicycle permits, which expire on May 31 of each year. Updated permits and decals are required for each new academic year. Hang or cling tag permits are transferrable only between vehicles and not individuals. You are required to park in the designated areas determined by your permit. Permits can be purchased by logging in to your parking account located at parking.okstate.edu using your O-Key information.

Transit Information 405-744-2832 transit.okstate.edu The OSU/Stillwater Community Transit System, known as “The Bus.� provides fixed-route transit service throughtout Stillwater and the OSU campus. Fares for students are free with an OSU student ID. For information on route schedules, visit the transit website.

Orange Ride 405-744-BIKE (2453) For any student who does not have a bicycle, Parking & Transit offers a bike rental program. Cost ranges from a daily rate of $2 to a semester rate of $30. Orange Ride also offers minor bicycle repairs.

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Academic/Career Checklist Academics

Personal

q Meet with your academic adviser regularly to discuss interests and options, include how your NOC courses will transfer to an OSU degree.

q Stay in contact with family.

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Develop skills in time management, goal setting and study habits that will benefit the change in course content and expectations after transferring to OSU.

q Set a desired GPA each semester, and strive to reach it by using tutoring resources and study groups.

Note: The GPA requirement for transferring to OSU with 24 hours earned is a 2.25.

q Attend academic improvement workshops. q Schedule an appointment with an OSU admissions counselor to discuss major options as well as the transfer timeline and process. Career q Establish relationships with faculty members, academic advisers and peers. q Become familiar with the services provided by HireOSUGrads.com. q Obtain relevant work experience through internships, co-ops, volunteer work, part-time and summer jobs.

q Maintain a healthy lifestyle by utilizing wellness services on campus, such as the Colvin Recreation Center. q Achieve an appropriate sleep pattern. q Strive to meet new people and build relationships in classes. Campus Involvement q

Identify and join student organizations or volunteer activities that will provide leadership opportunities while you explore interests and build skills.

q Connect with student groups and campus activities. q Learn all you can by investigating potential degree programs and visiting faculty members to further discuss potential areas of study. Transferring to OSU q After earning 24 credit hours and maintaining a 2.25 GPA, complete the application for admission at admissions.okstate.edu. q Pay the $40 application fee.

q Write a rĂŠsumĂŠ and have Career Services review it to determine areas for development.

q Submit a copy of all college transcripts to Undergraduate Admissions, 219 Student Union.

q Attend career development workshops to connect academic and career goals.

q Attend a Transfer Enrollment Day. Information can be found at newstudents.okstate.edu.

Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other federal laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. Title IX of the Education Amendments and Oklahoma State University policy prohibit discrimination in the provision of services or benefits offered by the University based on gender. Any person (student, faculty or staff) who believes that discriminatory practices have been engaged in based upon gender may discuss their concerns and file informal or formal complaints of possible violations of Title IX with the OSU Title IX Coordinator, Mackenzie Wilfong, J.D., Director of Affirmative Action, 408 Whitehurst, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, (405) 744-5371 or (405) 744-5576 (fax). This publication, issued by Oklahoma State University as authorized by the Director, New Student Orientation & Enrollment, was printed by Career Tech at a cost of $1,120/500. 0813 #4971.


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