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A Parent Guide:

BEYOND THE CAMPUS TOUR everything you need to know to help your student navigate the college search process

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We know the college search is overwhelming, and as higher education professionals, our goal is to make this easier for you. We want to guide you through this process and share our insight to help you and your students make more informed decisions.

So we’ve put together this guide on everything from college applications (pg 6) to scholarships (pg 12) to how to conquer test anxiety (pg 16). We even included a checklist of what you and your student can (and should) do before and during senior year (pg 24).

You’ll have questions. That’s okay.

That’s why we have a phone number (405-325-2151); and an email address (admissions@ou.edu); and a website (admissions.ou.edu); and a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@go2ou).


It all starts with a tour It’s never too early to start visiting college campuses, and in fact, it’s better not to wait until your student’s senior year to begin. Starting early allows students more time to explore their options and to begin falling in love

TIPS FOR YOU & YOUR STUDENT:

with their future home.

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WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES! Seriously. You’re going to be getting A LOT of steps in, and you don’t want to be distracted halfway through the tour by the blister on your heel from that new pair of shoes you just HAD to show off.

VISIT MULTIPLE TIMES.

STAY WEATHERAWARE.

LET YOUR STUDENT DO THE TALKING.

Campuses are constantly growing and changing. Don’t skip out on a school just because you had a bad experience the year before.

Check the weather frequently before visiting so that you’re prepared.

Your student is the one that may be joining our campus, so let them take the lead on asking questions and interacting with our staff. Not only will this empower your student for the college transition, but it’ll also help them impress the college representatives they meet.

In Oklahoma, we have all four seasons... sometimes in the span of one week! So if you’re visiting OU, you’ll want to check the weather a week in advance, and then again each day leading up to your visit.

OTHER PLACES TO SEE ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS:

Financial Aid Office

Fitness & Recreation Center

Student Life Office

Campus Dining Options

Student Union


“On my campus tour, I fell in love with OU – the campus, the atmosphere, the library! But what stuck out to me was the sense of community. My tour guide’s head was constantly turning to greet her friends as we walked by, and everywhere we went people seemed to be gathering – on benches, outside buildings, walking to class. I wanted a piece of that.”

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Amanda Miller, OU Class of 2018

In Norman for an OU visit? We recommend Victoria’s, The Mont, or Blackbird for lunch and Tulips for shopping!

VISIT THE COMMUNITY AROUND CAMPUS. Get recommendations for places to eat, shop, and hang out so you can get a feel for what it’s like to live in that community.

MEET YOUR STUDENT’S ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR. He/she will become a valuable resource as your student goes through the application and admissions process.

If your student has the chance to talk to an admissions counselor, make sure they are prepared to talk about themselves! Your student should share stories of what they’ve done in high school or what their plans are for the future so university staff can get to know them better.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS. College is a new process for many people, and colleges want you to know what to expect and to feel prepared throughout the process.

Not sure what to ask? Here are some suggestions: + Can you tell me more about (academic program you’re interested in)? + What is the cost to attend (the college you’re visiting)? + What advice do you have for new freshmen? + How did you get acclimated and involved on campus? + Why did you choose to attend (the college you’re visiting)? + What’s the next step after I submit my application? + What about after I am admitted? [5]


Applying to colleges doesn’t have to be stressful College applications can be found on each university’s admissions website. You can also use platforms like The Common Application to apply to multiple schools with one application. Learn about the application and admission process for each university you’re interested in. Every school does it a little differently.

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There are two main types of admission that colleges use: AUTOMATIC

HOLISTIC

Guarantees admission to students with a certain GPA, test score, and/or class rank.

Admits students based on a variety of factors, including student life, letters of recommendation, etc.

Some universities also conduct interviews for admission. OU does not, but we encourage you to use your application essay to let us learn more about who you are.


Here’s how it works at OU:

It will take 4 to 8 weeks from when we receive your complete application (including transcript and test score) to when we have an admission decision back to you.

Students can apply to OU through the Common Application or the OU Application at apply.ou.edu. No preference is given to one application over the other; it’s totally up to the student. We use a HOLISTIC admissions process. We understand that students are so much more than letters or numbers on a transcript, so our application is divided into four categories:

INVOLVEMENT

ESSAY

This includes test scores, GPAs, class rank, and school rigor. This is not the only thing that we consider, but it is very important as we want to ensure students are capable of succeeding at our institution.

We want to see that students are already involved and will contribute to our campus. We look at everything students are currently involved in: school organizations, sports teams, jobs, youth groups, teen boards, etc. The key here is not to leave anything out. We only know what you tell us.

This is the student’s opportunity to tell us things the rest of the application may not show but that he/she feels is important. This essay is a way to express creativity and show us who your student is. There are several prompts to choose from.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION A student can submit up to three letters from teachers, counselors, coaches, or anyone who has worked with the student. This helps us understand the applicant from the perspective of those who interact with him/her on a regular basis.

If grades slipped for a year due to outside circumstances, this is the perfect opportunity to tell us about it so we can take that into consideration when we see your transcript.

A FEW LAST-MINUTE TIPS: • • • •

Fill out the application in its entirety, leaving nothing out. Tell us who you are and show us what you bring to the table that will make you a great addition to the incoming freshman class. You don’t have to do this alone! Find your admissions counselor (ou.edu/go2/rep) and reach out to them if you have questions. Reach out to your admissions counselor to confirm your application has been fully submitted and all required materials have been received.

These are not required but are highly recommended.

ACADEMIC RIGOR

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Q&A for parents of first-generation college applicants When should we start planning for college? It’s never too early, but freshman year of high school is a good starting point. Make college a mindset and an end goal. Help your student start thinking about his/her activities through the lens of, “will this help me get into college?” Identify universities your student may be interested in and explore academic programs, cost of attendance, admissions requirements, etc. [8]

My student has identified a few universities of interest. What now? Have a discussion about the cost of attendance early and determine if it’s feasible. Are parents or other family members able to contribute? If so, how much, and how will the student make up the difference? What scholarships does the university offer and how do you attain them? What outside scholarships are available, what is required of them, and when are their applications due? Will the student work during college? All of these things should be taken into consideration. Explore the university’s website to learn more. This gives you time to plan, especially if a student is really interested in a specific college that is outside of the budget.

What are admissions counselors and why are they important? Your admissions counselor is a university employee that is responsible for admission and recruiting in the region where your high school is located. They help you through the college search process and provide insight as requested, and they frequently also review and make decisions on admission applications. Build a relationship with your admissions counselor so they can advocate on your behalf during the admissions process. They’re familiar with scholarship opportunities and can identify resources to help your student succeed.


Howard Schultz

Oprah Winfrey

Sonia Sotomayor

Samuel L Jackson

Chairman and CEO of Starbucks

Media Superstar

Supreme Court Justice

Highest grossing film actor, ever

Ben Carson

Ruth Simmons

Neurosurgeon & first physician to successfully separate conjoined twins

18th President of Brown University & first African American President of an Ivy League Institution

YOU WILL GO ON TO DO GREAT THINGS. Did you know these famous folks were also first-generation college students?

What help is available in paying for college? During your student’s senior year, fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible (available beginning October 1). This ensures your student will be considered for federal grants, loans, and work-study funds, and it should be submitted by December 15. Have a conversation with your admissions counselor about financials and ask what aid is available. Identify federal work study opportunities, know the difference between the two main types of federal student loans, check out academic scholarships that may come from specific departments within the university, and educate yourself on all of the funding types available.

Your student has been admitted (congratulations!). What about housing? Following admission, a housing contract will be available to complete. Most universities will require students to stay on campus their freshman year. Check with your admissions counselor to confirm (for OU, freshmen must live on campus unless they receive approval from OU Housing & Food to be exempt from campus housing). We recommend taking a housing tour to explore available options.

How do we know when we’ve made the right college decision? You just know. Your student will find a program that fits his/her interests and provides support to ensure success. He/she will identify things to get involved with, and maybe even establish relationships with people on campus (staff and students alike).

What if my student needs help and I’m not there? Most universities have offices that are created to serve first generation students (OU has Project Threshold). This will be your student’s go-to place for support. If you can’t find such an office, go back to your admissions counselor. They know you and want to see your student succeed.

What else should we know? It’s okay if you don’t know what to ask. Relationships matter, especially those with your student’s admissions counselor and anyone currently at the university. If you find yourself confused and unsure of where to begin, talk to your student’s admissions counselor about what’s going on and allow him or her to guide you through the process.

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College is an investment (it’s worth it, though) College can be expensive, and the cost rises a little bit every year. The good news is that there are resources available to help. Let us help you find where to look.

There are four main resources to help pay for college: GIFT AID

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SCHOLARSHIPS

GRANTS

LOANS

JOBS

Awarded to students based on financial need, academic merit, and/or talents.

These are needbased and do not have to be repaid. Eligibility is determined by the FAFSA.

Loans are funds that are borrowed and must be repaid.

Allow you to earn money by working while in school.

SELF-HELP AID

learn about automatic OU scholarships at ou.edu/go2/scholarships

DICTIONARY OF COLLEGE FINANCIAL TERMS: d i r e c t c o s t s (noun) Your academic and living expenses, including tuition, fees, room and board, and books. Generally, these are expenses charged to your Bursar account.

i n d i r e c t c o s t s (noun) Personal expenses. Can vary widely based on individual lifestyles. In college cost estimates, indirect costs are calculated using an average dollar amount per year.


THE ANATOMY OF A COLLEGE COST ESTIMATE:

Pro-tip:

Find cost estimates on each university’s admission website (OU’s are at admissions.ou.edu). Remember that these are only estimates and will vary for each person.

On average, students who achieve a bachelor’s degree earn twice as much as college dropouts, which translates to over $1 million during the course of their lifetime. Of OU students who graduate with student loan debt, the average amount borrowed is around $26,000.

Check how many credit hours are included in each college’s tuition and fees estimate. Some colleges will list fee estimates separately from tuition. Do a little math if needed to make sure you can make accurate comparisons.

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Tuition & Fees Some universities require you to Room & Board live on campus the first year. Books & Supplies Total Direct Cost Estimate

Check if the university’s cost estimate is for direct costs only or direct and indirect costs.

Average annual cost of... All estimates are averages compiled from 2016-2017 university data across the nation. Source: The College Board.

Tuition & Fees

Books & Supplies

Room & Board $33,480

$24,930

$9,650

state residents at a public university

at a private university

$30K

$10,440

$11,890

$15K

$1,240

$1.5K

$20K

$10K

$1K

$10K

$5K

$500

out-of-state residents attending a public university

u n s u b s i d i z e d l o a n s (noun) Not based on financial need. Fixed interest. Student borrower does not have to start making repayments while he/she is in school, but interest will start to accrue as soon as the loan is disbursed.

at a four-year public university

at a private university

at public and private universities

s u b s i d i z e d l o a n s (noun) Offered based on financial need. While the student borrower is in college, interest will not accrue, making this an attractive loan option.

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How to get free money “I won’t win so what’s the point?” “I’m not a good writer.” “I don’t have time.” According to USAToday, these are the most common reasons students give for not applying for scholarships. And none of these are good enough reasons to pass over opportunities to secure FREE financing for college!

TIPS FOR YOUR STUDENT:

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TREAT APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS LIKE A JOB.

CHECK WITH YOUR HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR.

For just a little effort, you can reap tremendous benefits in funding your college education.

He/she may know of common awards and scholarships that previous students have either applied for or received.

LOOK LOCALLY. There are various organizations and companies within your region that offer awards annually. For example: local banks, chambers of commerce, Rotary clubs, Lion’s clubs, community foundations, sports teams, churches, etc.

CHECK NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP SEARCHES EVERY DAY! The internet is your best resource here. Large corporations like Dr. Pepper, Burger King, CocaCola, Dell, Google, Microsoft, Penguin Publishing and many other companies have huge annual scholarship competitions.

Pro-tip: If you spend 20 hours over a four-week period applying for 15 different scholarships, and you are awarded one worth $1,500, you got paid $75/hour. That’s a lot more than you’ll get working concessions at the movie theater!


Check these scholarship search websites every week!

fastweb.com

salliemae.com/college-planning/ college-scholarships

cappex.com

bigfuture.collegeboard.org

unigo.com studentscholarshipsearch.com scholarships.com myscholly.com

goodcall.com/scholarships/search collegedata.com chegg.com/scholarships

Visit raise.me early in high school to create a free account and start earning microscholarships for your high school grades and achievements! Universities across the nation participate, including OU!

MAKE IT FUN FOR YOU.

DON’T BE DISCOURAGED.

BE A CREATOR AT YOUR SCHOOL.

Not all scholarships require an essay. Search online and seek out unique opportunities.

You won’t be awarded every scholarship you apply for, and that’s okay. Build your resiliency, because that’s an important skill for college and life!

Start a new organization, build a philanthropy program, use your skills to create a new product or technology. Create a story for yourself that is captivating and will make others want to help fund your education because they can’t wait to see what you’ll do next in life.

For example, you can create your own prom attire with your date out of duct tape and be considered for a scholarship through the ‘Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest’ put on by Duck Brand.

BE PREPARED. Keep record of your involvement, service, leadership, honors and awards in high school. Prepare a personal statement about your future goals and higher education plans. You can use this information as a starting point for all scholarship applications.

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What is the FAFSA & why is it important? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form families complete to determine eligibility for financial aid. You’ll complete this for the first time during your student’s senior year of high school, and you must submit a FAFSA each year that you want to be considered for financial aid until your student has graduated from college.

October

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You may begin completing the FAFSA on Oct 1 at fafsa.ed.gov.

December

15

You’ll use tax information from two years prior to the year the student will be starting college (i.e if the student plans to start college in 2018, the family will use tax information from 2016).

We recommend completing the FAFSA by Dec 15 to maximize opportunities for financial aid.


The FAFSA Process: COMPLETE THE FAFSA.

FAFSA IS PROCESSED.

Both the student and parent must create an FSA ID at fafsa.ed.gov. You’ll use this FSA ID to log into and to complete the FAFSA. List OU as a school to receive your information (our school code is 003184).

You’ll receive an email with a Student Aid Report (SAR). This lists basic information about your eligibility for federal student aid. At the same time, the colleges you listed on your FAFSA will receive your information.

Save your FSA IDs because you’ll need them every year. Set an annual reminder for Oct. 1 so you never forget!

COLLEGE AWARD PACKAGES ARE ASSEMBLED.

COMPARE YOUR AWARD PACKAGES.

If you have been admitted to the colleges you sent your FAFSA to, they will assemble an award package and send it to you in the mail. This lists all the scholarship and aid for which you are eligible and gives you the best idea of your out-of-pocket expense to attend that university.

Review the award packages you receive from various universities and compare the outof-pocket expense to attend each. Use these to help you make an informed decision about your college choice. You do NOT have to accept the full amount of aid that is offered to you. We recommend you do not take out more loans than you are certain you will need.

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Colleges have different costs. Even if a college provides a large scholarship, it is important to compare the out-of-pocket expense when determining affordability. The goal is to find the right fit financially as well as academically and socially.

FAFSA EQUATIONS: Parent Contribution + Student Contribution = Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Cost of Attendance (COA) – Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Financial Need

Your EFC is determined by the federal government based on the information you provide in the FAFSA.

Financial Need determines your eligibility for federal aid. This is found by subtracting the EFC from the Cost of Attendance at the schools you applied to. Note that the Cost of Attendance used here is the total cost estimate including indirect costs (transportation and personal expenses).


FYI ACT, SAT, PSAT

Preparing is only half the battle when it comes to the

ACT or SAT. For students with anxiety, taking the test is the hardest part. Test anxiety arises for multiple

reasons, but some common reasons include the fear of failure, lack of preparation, and poor test history.

Symptoms of anxiety: PHYSICAL

BEHAVIORAL

EMOTIONAL

Headaches Nausea Upset stomach Rapid heartbeat

Difficulty concentrating Comparing yourself to other students Negative thinking

Frustration Anger Fear Helplessness

Pro-tip: Colleges do not give preference to either the ACT or SAT, so it’s up to you which exam you want to take. Take practice exams for both so that you can decide which to focus on!

TIPS FOR YOUR STUDENT:

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Before the test: Start early! Take the exams early and often so they lose their mystery and intimidation factor.

Make a plan. Study 1-2 weeks prior to the exam, doing small increments each night.

Prepare in the same conditions. Sit at a table, not on a bed or couch; use a timer as you go through practice exams, etc.

Review how the test works. Visit act.org or sat.org.

Think positive. Practice gratitude as you study. Ask yourself, “What are three things I did better today?”

Make healthy choices. Choose fruit over a candy bar, get 30 minutes of physical activity, even if it’s a walk around your neighborhood, and make sure you’re getting at least eight hours of rest.


During the test: Practice relaxation. Relaxing is different for every person. You may like to write, do art, exercise, listen to music, etc.

Seek out resources. Meet with your high school counselor or talk with family and friends.

Take deep breaths. Focus on your breathing to keep your mind sharp.

Be positive. Practice positive self-talk before and during the exam.

Know that you ARE prepared. You’ve got this! And you’ve got a whole team rooting for you! Your family, friends, teachers, and high school counselor.


Home away from home The number one question most students ask about living on campus is, “do I have to?” The answer varies depending on the university, but regardless of the college’s specific requirements, you should see this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Living in campus residence halls means that you are at the heart of the freshman year experience, and you will meet new people and grow in ways you can’t currently imagine.

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Communitystyle This is what you think of when you imagine traditional dormitories. A hall of rooms share one community bathroom and living space.

“Students who live on campus are more likely to graduate, graduate sooner, connect better with their peers and teachers, and report a more overall positive college experience.” David L. Annis, University Associate Vice President & Director of Housing and Food Services

Suite-style A hall of rooms share one community living space, but bathrooms are more private and shared between just a few rooms.

A huge advantage.

Apartment-style Generally have a small group of rooms that share a living space and bathrooms.


Here’s how housing works at OU: Residents live in the center of campus with classmates and build relationships every day as members of the Sooner family. At OU, freshmen live on campus. While filling out the housing contract, you can request a specific person as a roommate or request to be paired with a compatible roommate based on the living preferences you outline in your contract.

WE HAVE FOUR HOUSING OPTIONS FOR FRESHMEN ON CAMPUS:

THE TOWERS Suite-style

CATE CENTER Community-style

These include Adams, Couch and Walker Centers.

OU’s first housing center that is the closest living option to the South Oval.

DAVID L BOREN HALL Community-style

HEADINGTON HALL Apartment-style

This building also houses our Honors College, but you don’t have to be an Honors student to live here.

This building is shared between athletes and non-athlete freshman residents.

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Pro-tip: At most universities, campus housing comes with a meal plan. At OU, meal plans are comprised of meals (all-you-care-to-eat access to Couch Restaurants) and points (a dollar system that can be used at all of our 20+ campus restaurants).

Something to look forward to: OU’s Residential Colleges were built in 2017 as an on-campus housing option for upperclassmen. They are smaller communities within the larger university where Sophomores, juniors and seniors can have their own neighborhood and create unique traditions, stimulate creativity, and build lasting memories and lifelong relationships.


RECENT GRADS IN UNCONVENTIONAL MAJORS. Follow your passion because you can always find a way to turn it into a career.

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Boaz Vandever

Laurence Reese

OU Class of 2014 Major: Classics Now: Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist for the U.S. Army

OU Class of 2012 Major: Studio Art Now: Executive Director of Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO)

Akash Patel OU Class of 2014 Major: Political Science Now: Founder of Aspiring Americans, a non-profit that connects Oklahoma’s undocumented students with opportunities for success and education

Regan Patterson

Amy Nicholson

OU Class of 2014 Major: Vocal Performance Now: Original Content Coordinator at National Football League

OU Class of 2002 Major: Film & Media Studies Now: Chief Film Critic for MTV


How to help your student make major decisions The college transition can be hard for students and their families too. You have nurtured and directed your kids their whole lives, and now they are about to leave the nest and have to nurture and direct themselves. To help ease them into adult life, start empowering them to answer their own questions. It’s important to your child’s collegiate success that he/she can think critically.

“Whether it is choosing their academic major or setting their sights on an ambitious career goal, your kids have one wish and that is to make you proud. They worry their setbacks and struggles will lead to your disappointment and the decisions that are ultimately right for them may be hard for you to understand. As your student enters this new chapter, how can you continue to serve them well while respecting that they are setting out to create their own stories?”

It’s all about asking the right questions

Kathleen Shea Smith, Associate Provost for Academic Advising at the University of Oklahoma

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Source: Thought.Co

QUESTIONS TO HELP YOUR STUDENT PICK A MAJOR 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

What do you love? Where do you excel? What do you want to do? What skills do you want to learn? Are there any external factors you need to consider?

Still unsure? Visit ou.mymajors.com to get personalized major recommendations based on your strengths and interests!


Safety comes first – always For parents of college students, the anxieties can be endless. Crime, alcohol, severe weather, mental health, etc. How can you know your student is safe when you aren’t there to protect them? Don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions. Universities should be transparent about their safety procedures, and you have every right to know how colleges keep their student body safe.

TIPS FOR YOUR STUDENT:

RESEARCH CRIME STATISTICS

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Search online for safety data from all the colleges you are considering. Compare and pay attention to the trends over time (ope.ed.gov/ campussafety).

A note from the OU Police Department

DON’T INSTAGRAM EVERYTHING Our whole lives are on social media now, but try to cut back from posting where you are in the moment. Remove the location from your posts and post about your adventures afterthe-fact.

HAVE A PLAN College is a great time to explore, and universities offer a wide variety of courses in life skills and fitness. Take kickboxing or krav maga or tai kwan do. You’ll stay fit and learn how to defend yourself –a win win!

THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT Check out phone apps like SafeTrek and Watch Over Me, and download and use whatever makes you feel most comfortable!

“Ensuring the safety and security of your student is our top priority. All OUPD officers are state-certified peace officers committed to providing a safe and secure atmosphere where your student can grow and thrive.” OU Police Chief Liz Woollen


Here’s how we keep students safe at OU: SAFEWALK

SAFERIDE

Any OU student can use Safewalk to get company walking anywhere on campus. They will be escorted by two Resident Advisors to their destination. There’s safety in numbers!

On weekends, OU offers students a free taxi home from anywhere in Norman, no questions asked.

SAFETY ALERTS

ANONYMOUS REPORTING

OU’s Emergency Preparedness team sends out OU Alerts in the event that there is any safety concern to students, faculty, or staff. These notifications can be sent to any phone numbers you request, so students can also register their parents to receive the alerts.

Anyone can confidentially report instances of bias, racial discrimination, misconduct, or harassment using OU’s 24/7 reporting hotline. This was implemented at OU following incidents at other universities and aims to ensure students’ safety and comfort.

EMERGENCY POLES Illuminated blue poles provide a direct line to the OUPD. These poles are strategically placed so that you can always see two at a time.

WEATHER SAFETY There are multipurpose storm shelters located at the residence halls and severe weather refuge areas all across campus. We are well-prepared for any weather event that comes our way.

The backfire heard around the world In January 2014, construction equipment on [23] campus backfired, and a concerned student reported the noise as a gunshot at Gould Hall. The OU response to this false alarm illustrates how much we care and how hard we work to be prepared for anything.

20 police cars arrived within

3 minutes & Gould Hall was cleared and searched thoroughly

3+ times & University President David L. Boren was on scene to address students within

45 minutes


there’s a lot t Pre-Senior Year: STUDENTS:

PARENTS:

Start conversations with your high school counselor and parents about your plans and brainstorm a list of colleges you may want to tour.

Plan financially for a college investment. Have conversations with your student about the reality and affordability of higher education. Look into savings programs and accounts that could assist in the financial planning process.

Explore careers and areas of study you’re interested in. Follow a professional for a day and see if what they do excites you. Take challenging courses in core academic subjects.

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Stay involved in school and the community. Explore your career interests with different clubs and organizations. Try being a leader or officer of an organization. Remember, it’s the quality of your involvement, not quantity, that matters. Schedule campus tours. Schedule an OU tour at tour.ou.edu.

Make a list of your awards, honors, activities, community service and anything else! Documentation along the way will help when senior year rolls around.

Learn about standardized tests your student may take: PSAT/NMSQT, SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, ACT test, PLAN test. During the fall of your student’s junior year, he/she will take the PSAT/NMSQT exam. This determines National Merit status, and can result in substantial scholarships, so encourage your student to prepare and take this seriously.

Stay updated with your school district’s college fairs, financial aid nights, and other preparation resources. Attend college fairs with your student, but don’t take over the conversation with each college. Listen and support the student in their conversations. Research universities with your student and learn about the different admission processes and scholarship criteria.


to remember Senior Year: STUDENTS:

PARENTS:

Meet with your high school counselor to ensure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admissions requirements.

Talk with your student about their future. Help your student clarify goals and priorities.

Connect with admissions counselors at every university you’re applying to. It’s helpful for them to know you. Make a calendar of important deadlines for every university you’re interested in. Apply to college early! The earlier you apply, the shorter wait time you may have.

Find out if your student has added schools to their college wish list and schedule additional campus visits if needed. Encourage your student to stay on top of important deadlines. Help your student complete the FAFSA application. We recommend doing this by Dec. 15 at fafsa.ed.gov.

Apply to OU at apply.ou.edu.

Practice for and take the ACT or SAT. Higher scores help with scholarships. Apply for scholarships. You can’t earn any if you don’t apply! OU’s priority scholarship deadline is Dec. 15, so submit your admission application by then to maximize scholarship opportunities.

Schedule a personalized campus visit. Attend an admissions event or reach out to the university to schedule a meeting with faculty in your area of interest. Apply for Financial Aid. Apply for the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov.

Check with your employer to see if they offer scholarships.


Call us. Here’s a list of resources at OU with their contact information. We encourage you to contact us for any question you have. We’re here to help!

Misc.

Pre-Admission

Post-Admission

Sooner Parents 405-325-3161 ou.edu/soonerparents

Campus Tours tour.ou.edu 405-325-2151 tour@ou.edu

New Sooner Enrollment Program ou.edu/newsooner 405-325-3544

Admissions apply.ou.edu 405-325-2151 admissions@ou.edu

Bursar’s Office ou.edu/bursars 405-325-3121 bursar@ou.edu

Scholarships ou.edu/scholarships 405-325-2151 scholarships@ou.edu

Disability Resource Center 405-325-3852 drc@ou.edu

OneUniversity Store ou.edu/oneuniversity 405-325-5001 itstore@ou.edu University Bookstore bkstr.com/oklahomastore 405-325-3511 oklahoma@bkstr.com [26]

Financial Aid ou.edu/financialaid 405-325-4521 financialaid@ou.edu Diversity Enrichment Programs ou.edu/go2/dep 405-325-3742 dep@ou.edu

Housing & Food ou.edu/housingandfood 405-325-2511 housinginfo@ou.edu


Student Success

Health & Safety

On-campus

Tutoring Center ou.edu/univcoll 405-325-7621

Goddard Health Services ou.edu/healthservices 405-325-4611 healthservices@ou.edu

Education Abroad 405-325-1693 ea@ou.edu

Writing Center ou.edu/writingcenter 405-325-2936 writingcenter@ou.edu Student Jobs jobs.ou.edu ohr@ou.edu Career Services ou.edu/career 405-325-1974 oucs@ou.edu

University Counseling Services ou.edu/ucc 405-325-2911 Fitness & Recreation ou.edu/far 405-325-3053 fitrec@ou.edu OUPD ou.edu/police 405-325-1911 oupd@ou.edu

Leadership & Volunteerism ou.edu/leadandvolunteer leadandvolunteer@ou.edu Parking & Transportation ou.edu/parking 405-325-3311 parking@ou.edu [27]

Sooner Card ou.edu/soonercard 405-325-3113 soonercard@ou.edu Student Life ou.edu/studentlife 405-325-3163 Student Affairs ou.edu/studentaffairs 405-325-3161 studentaffairs@ou.edu


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