Oklahoma State University - Tulsa
Oklahoma State University - Tulsa

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Undergraduate Online New Student Orientation

Welcome to Oklahoma State University-Tulsa

Congratulations on making the decision to continue your education at OSU-Tulsa. As a new student, you are sure to have questions about OSU-Tulsa. This online orientation tool attempts to provide the information necessary to answer the questions asked most frequently by OSU-Tulsa students like yourself.

If you need more information, please feel free to contact Campus Life staff at 918-594-8450 or email tulsa.campuslife@okstate.edu. We will try to make your transition to OSU-Tulsa as smooth as possible so that you can accomplish your educational goals.

If taking ALL OSU-Stillwater classes, please click here.

If you would like to register for an on-campus New Student Orientation, click here.

The information contained on this website is subject to change and is by no means a comprehensive listing of all the policies and procedures that exist at OSU-Tulsa.

CAMPUS SEMANTICS

Academic Advisor – A student’s resource to academic services. OSU-Tulsa students are required to meet with an academic advisor before they enroll each semester. Realistically, your relationship with your academic advisor will be whatever you make of it.

Undergraduate students are required to their academic advisor each semester to plan for the next semester’s classes, but your academic advisor can be much more than an interpreter of degree requirements. Your advisor understands how campus works, knows about faculty teaching styles, see the large view of campus as well as the details of what each student may need to find his or her place on campus and can direct students to needed resources.

Academic College – The degree-granting component of the university. OSU has six undergraduate academic colleges, through which students choose academic programs of study. Your university is OSU. Your college is one of the following six:

  • Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Education
  • Human Environmental Sciences
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Engineering, Architecture and Technology
  • Spears School of Business

Bursar’s Office – The campus department responsible for billing and collection of charges incurred. Charges are itemized on a monthly statement issued the first of each month with payments due by the 15th of each month. The Bursar’s Office is located in the first floor of Administration Hall.

Catalog – The OSU Catalog includes course descriptions as well as rules, policies, and procedures governing the academic side of the University. An electronic version may be found on the Registrar’s website and a DVD version may be requested.

CID (Course Identification Number)

Common Final – Usually for courses with a large number of sections. A common final is scheduled at one time in several locations to accommodate the students from all sections of a particular course.

Credit by Exam (CLEP) – OSU awards credit for specific courses based on a minimum score obtained through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Additional information on CLEP exams can be found at the Student Success Center (North Hall 103).

CWID – Campus Wide Identification number. Students are assigned an eight-digit CWID to identify them in the OSU system. You may still use your Social Security Number to access SIS records or identify yourself, but you are strongly encouraged to memorize you CWID and use it instead of your SSN for security reasons.

Dropping – Dropping refers to the dropping of one or more courses while remaining enrolled in at least one other OSU course for a given semester.

Dropping and Adding Courses (Drop/Add) – Students may drop or add courses through the first six days of class (not counting the weekend) on the Student Information System. After this time, a “Drop/Add Card” must be signed by the academic advisor before being taken to the Enrollment Services Office on the first floor of Administration Hall. Note deadlines in the Academic Calendar.

Enrollment Holds – Enrollment holds will prevent a student from completing enrollment. A past due account with the Office of the Bursar, a past due account with Student Loan Accounting and Collection, academic probation or suspension by the academic dean, advisor holds, or admission probation by the director of admissions, international student orientation by the International Student Office, university counseling by the University Counseling Office, or a loan exit interview or student loan accounting by the Financial Aid Office, or a Immunization hold, are holds which may prevent a student from enrolling.

FERPA – The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of students education records. University officials are not allowed to discuss a student’s records with anyone else without the student’s consent.

Final Grade Reports – Grade Reports are compiled and released shortly after the end of each semester by the Office of the Registrar. Final grades are not mailed to students, but are available via the student’s Student Information System (SIS) account.

NCB – North Classroom Building. Also referred to as North Hall.

MCB – Main Classroom Building. Also referred to as Main Hall.

O-Key Account - All OSU-Tulsa students are provided with an OKEY (Orange Key) account. This is your OSU email account where you will receive official correspondence from the University that includes billing and payment information from the Bursar’s office and important notices from the Scholarships and Financial Aid office. Also, students must activate this account to utilize campus computer labs and library services. For more information, contact 918-594-8043.

Pre-Finals Week – “Pre-Finals” week is the week immediately preceding finals week. During “Pre-Finals” week, no new assignment or exam that accounts for more that 5% of a student’s final grade may be given. No student or campus organization can hold meetings or sponsor activities requiring student participation.

Pre-enrollment – Students begin to enroll for the next semester after the mid-point of a current semester. A student’s enrollment date is determined by the total number of graduation / retention hours earned (not counting hours in which they are currently enrolled). Students should consult the SIS web pages for their enrollment date.

Prerequisite – A course or courses that must be completed as a condition for enrolling in another course. The Catalog states prerequisites for specific courses. GPA or number of hours completed may constitute a prerequisite.

Semester Credit Hour – All OSU courses have four digits. The first digit indicates the class year in which the subject is taken, although this is not exclusive to classification. The second and third numbers identify the course within the department / field. The last digit indicates the number of credit hours the course carries. A course beginning with zero carries no university credit. A course ending with zero carries a variable number of semester credit hours.

Student Success Center – Located in North Hall 203. The Student Success Center includes Disability Student Services and Minority Support Services.

Syllabus – A course outline, usually distributed during the first class meeting by the instructor. This document includes office location and office hours available, deadlines for completing assignments, textbooks and materials required, grading system and attendance policy. The syllabus serves as a sort of contract of expectations between the instructor and student.

Withdrawing – Withdrawing refers to withdrawing from all courses for which a students is enrolled for a given semester and therefore the student is no longer enrolled.

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CAMPUS COMMUNICATIONS

OSU-Tulsa uses a variety of media to communicate important information including campus closings, news, announcements, student activities, scholarship information and more. Learn more about severe weather closing communications.

  • The Current is OSU-Tulsa's official e-newsletter. It contains news stories, announcements, events and other important information. All OSU-Tulsa students are automatically subscribed.
  • Campus Life Weekly is a weekly email distributed by Campus Life, with information on student activities, scholarships, student organization information and more.
  • Campus closures and other important email announcements will come from OSU-Tulsa News (tulsa.news@okstate.edu) and be sent to your OSU email.
  • OSU-Tulsa website - the front page shows latest news and upcoming events. In the event of a campus closure, details will be prominently displayed.
  • Like OSU-Tulsa on Facebook
  • Follow OSU-Tulsa on Twitter
  • Digital Signs located in the North Hall Lobby, Conference Center outside North Hall 150, inside University Police and in the Main Hall Commons outside Graduate Student Services and the Library display upcoming events, news and the events calendar.

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Emergency Communications

OSU and OSU-Tulsa use the Cowboy Alert system to notify students, faculty and staff in an emergency. Notifications may be sent for events including:

  • A campus intruder
  • Acts of terrorism
  • Biohazard threats

In a situation deemed an emergency, OSU-Tulsa officials will send a voice and/or text message to registered members of the OSU-Tulsa community with information regarding the event and how they should proceed.

Alerts will not be issued for weather-related events unless the situation poses a threat to the lives of people on campus.

Log in to your O-Key account to subscribe to this service.

Choose "Emergency Contacts" on the menu to the left to add your contact information.

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O-KEY ACCOUNT

All OSU-Tulsa students are provided with an OKEY (Orange Key) account. This is your OSU email account where you will receive official correspondence from the University that includes billing and payment information from the Bursar’s office and important notices from the Scholarships and Financial Aid office. Also, students must activate this account to utilize campus computer labs and library services. To activate your account visit okey.okstate.edu. For more information contact 918-594-8043.

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SIS – STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM

SIS is OSU’s student online database for student access to:

  • Enroll for classes
  • View grades
  • View unofficial academic transcripts
  • Print class schedules
  • View bursar account
  • Submit credit card payments
  • View holds
  • Update personal information
  • View and accept financial aid
  • Request an official academic transcript

To view your SIS, begin on the OSU-Tulsa Homepage at osu-tulsa.okstate.edu and click on “Student Info System

SIS provides information about and connections to the most used student services on campus. Everything from enrollment and bursar payments to your professor’s D2L Notes.

If you would like to look at available course listings, you may do so without logging into the system by clicking on the “available courses” link.

For actions specific to your OSU accounts, including enrollment, click on the first bullet: “Log in to student services” to access your personal information through your SIS account.

Once logged in, you can use the navigation bar at the top of the page.

SIS is available Monday: 12 a.m. to Midnight, Tuesday-Friday: 7 a.m. to Midnight, Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday: 7 a.m. to midnight.

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COURSE ENROLLMENT

Classes for new semesters are available on SIS one month before enrollment begins. Undergraduate students must meet with their Academic Advisor each semester to decide on appropriate classes. During the meeting the advisor will remove the enrollment hold and either enroll the student or provide the student with their trial study and the student can enroll themselves via SIS. Graduate students are not required to meet with their advisor each semester but are strongly encouraged to have an ongoing open dialogue with their chairperson.

To enroll via SIS:

  1. Highlight the “Registration” link in the black bar at the top of your SIS page and choose “Drop and Add” Classes” from the pull-down menu.
  2. Enter the call numbers in the “Add Class” boxes and click “Submit.”
  3. The system will show automatically your enrolled courses.
  4. Verify the information and determine if all sections were correctly added.
  5. If the schedule is correct, go on to the Print Schedule section below.
  6. If the schedule is missing a course or did not work properly, read the explanation given and respond accordingly.

To search for a course via SIS:

  1. Highlight “Courses” from the navigation bar; click “Course Section Search.”
  2. Check the “Term” display just above the “Subject” box.
  3. Highlight a Department Name from the drop down “Subject” box and click in the box(es) for the day(s) you want to search.
  4. Highlight a Start Time from the “Earliest Start Time” drop down box or a Start Time from the “Latest Start Time” drop down box.
  5. Highlight a “Session” from the drop-down box, if desired.
  6. Highlight a Course Level from the “Level” drop down box and click “Submit.”
  7. Choose the course you want from the generated list by clicking on the “Call Number” of the course you want. Verify the course and click “OK.”
  8. Verify that you are correctly enrolled by checking your “Currently Registered Classes” list and repeat as necessary.
  9. Print your schedule.

Changing your schedule:

  1. Courses may be added or dropped via SIS at any time before the sixth day of class. Please be aware short courses drop and add dates are different from those in normal academic semester, contact your Academic Advisor for those dates. After the sixth day of class, you must obtain a signature from your advisor and deliver the signed request to Enrollment Services in the first floor of Administration Hall in order to change your schedule.

Printing your schedule:

  1. Highlight “Registration” on the navigation bar.
  2. Click “Detailed Schedule” from the pull-down menu.
  3. Click “Print Schedule.”
  4. Due to privacy concerns, no identification number or name is printed on your class schedule. If you need to verify your enrollment for insurance or scholarships, you may access a secure site and request the information through the “Student Records” section. Just click on “self enrollment verification.”

Dropping a class on SIS:

  1. Highlight “Registration” from the navigation bar and select “Drop and Add Classes.”
  2. Review your “Currently Registered Classes” to locate the course you wish to drop.
  3. Select “drop” from the drop-down box under “Action” next to the course. (If no action is listed for the course you may not drop it and need to seek guidance from your Academic Advisor.
  4. Select “Submit.”

Adding a class on SIS:

  1. The most effective way to search for and add courses after you’ve already enrolled is to use the course search functions to identify the class you want to add.
  2. Highlight “Registration” from the navigation bar and select “Drop and Add Classes.”
  3. Type the Call Number of the course(s) you want to add in the box(es) at the end of the page.
  4. Select “Submit.”

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ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT

Undergraduate Academic Advisors

OSU-Tulsa has undergraduate advisors representing the College of Arts & Sciences, Spears School of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and College of Human Sciences. The Academic Advisement Office is located in North Hall 130, and can be reached by phone at 918-594-8271.

Learn more about advisement services at OSU-Tulsa.

Graduate Student Services Center

The OSU-Tulsa Graduate Student Services Center handles all graduate student needs from admission through graduation. The GSSC is located in Main Hall 1101 and can be reached by phone at 918-594-8445 or email at osutgssc@okstate.edu.

Visit the Graduate Student Services Center website

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SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID

Scholarships and Financial Aid help you locate the financial assistance programs for which you may qualify. Aid can be in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study or loan programs, or any combination of the four. Much of the aid is made available through federal and state programs. A number of programs have limited funding, so it is important to apply early. We understand the importance of financial aid in helping you achieve your educational dreams, and we look forward to working with you as you pursue your education at OSU-Tulsa.

To be considered for federal aid you should complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA). If you did not list OSU when you submitted the FAFSA, you can add OSU to your application. Once OSU has been added, the office of Financial Aid will receive the application information from the U.S. Department of Education and determine your eligibility for assistance. The school code for OSU-Tulsa is 003170.

To be considered for aid you should:

  1. Be admitted to Oklahoma State University – Tulsa.
  2. Respond promptly to any requests for additional information you may receive from the OSU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. You will receive written notification of your eligibility once all requested information is received.
  3. If you receive a Federal Direct Lain, you will need to complete Online Entrance Counseling prior to receiving the first loan disbursement at OSU-Tulsa.

The OSU-Tulsa office of Scholarships and Financial Aid are located in North Hall 130.

Visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website.

Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid contacts

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BURSAR OFFICE

The Bursar Office bills and collects tuition, fees, and other university related charges. “Bursar” is a term unique to higher education and means “keeper of the purse.” The Bursar Office also processes and disburses all federal and campus based funds to students’ bursar accounts and refunds any overpayments on student’s bursar accounts.

When you enroll as a student at OSU-Tulsa, you agree to pay all charges on your account when due. You also acknowledge that failure to make the required payment by the due date will result in the possibility of finance charges, inability to enroll in a future semester, and / or withholding of a transcript or diploma.

The Bursar Office provides a monthly billing statement on the last business day of every month detailing charges and payments that occurred during that month. The statement notification will be emailed to students at the beginning of each month. Payment is due by the 15th of each month.

Each semester, it is the student’s responsibility to check their individual bursar account to verify that University administered scholarships and waivers, as well as external scholarships, have been credited to their account.

The electronic billing statement is designed to make transactions easier to understand and provide previous monthly billing information. A University Billing Statement notification will be sent by email to your active email address listed with OSU-Tulsa.

You can view your billing statement online at http://bursar.okstate.edu and pay online as well.

The Bursar’s Office is located on the first floor of Administration Hall.

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GRADES

The quality of academic performance is indicated by the following letter grades: “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” “F,” “F!,” “I,” “NP,” “P,” “S,” or “W.” Descriptions of the grades are:

  • “A” Excellent
  • “B” Good
  • “C” Average”
  • “D” Below Average
  • “F” Failure
  • “F!” (F shriek) indicates the student failed due to a violation of academic integrity. Students may remove the first “!” (though not the “f”) from their transcripts by completing an academic integrity educational program.
  • “I” is given when a student who satisfactorily completes the majority of the course work with the average of “D” or better, but who has been unavoidable prevented from completing the remaining work of the course.
  • “NP” is earned for unsatisfactory work (including that evaluated as “D” in courses on the pass-no pass grading system.
  • “P” is earned for passing work in OSU-Tulsa courses approved for pass-no pass and pass-fail grading systems. Both credit hours and grade points are ignored in calculating grade-point averages.
  • “S” is given for satisfactory (equivalent to a “C” or better) work.
  • “W” indicates a dropped course.
  • “AU” indicates the student audited the course, and requested that it be recorded on the academic record. An “AU” is not a grade.

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STUDENT RESOURCES

Career Services

North Hall 130
918-594-8404

Career Services is available to assist students who are seeking full-time, part-time, or internship positions. Patti Schmigle is the coordinator for Career Services here in Tulsa. She is available to assist students and alumni with a variety of job related tasks such as:

  • Career Assessment
  • Resume and Cover Letter Development
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Mock Interviews

If you haven't visited the Career Services office in Tulsa, stop by! We have computers and a laser printer designated for printing your resume, free resume paper, free envelopes, free thank you cards and job search related books and tip sheets.

Simply give the career services office a call at 918-594-8404 to schedule an appointment in Tulsa at your convenience.

Career Services - The HIRE System
The Hire System is OSU's free job search opportunity system. It is an internet-based software program used by OSU Career Services to post internship and full-time job opportunities, and to manage the on-campus interviewing process. The HIRE System links employers to OSU students and alumni.

The system's database stores information about your qualifications, such as major, GPA, skills, etc., and your resumes. The HIRE System gives you access to an on-line calendar which contains information on interview dates, application deadlines, information sessions, and Career Services workshops and events.

Here are a few statistics about the power and usefulness the system had in the 2005-2006 school year.

  • hireMore than 2,800 employers actively recruit OSU graduates
  • More than 10,000 resumes referred to employers.
  • More than 561 companies attend approximately 12 different career fairs throughout each school year.
  • More than 14,000 OSU resumes were viewed by companies through the web.
  • More than 400,000 jobs are posted for OSU students each school year.

You are encouraged to bookmark the website hireosugrads.com and to regularly check the Hire System for new job/internship postings so you will be sure not to miss any application deadlines. The website also has great information about a number of job search topics.

careerfair

OSU-Tulsa hosts a career fair every fall and spring semester. OSU-Stillwater hosts many other career fair that we encourage you to attend as well. For a list of upcoming career fairs and the employers visiting campus go to hireosugrads.com.

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Learning Services Center/Tutoring Services

North Hall 103
918-594-8232

Need help with your writing or math assignments? Need good advice on how to improve your study skills? If you feel that you can use some extra help in these areas, visit the Learning Services Center. During one-on-one conferences, consultants will help with writing assignments such as essays, research papers, creative writing and technical or business documents. Tutors are also available to assist in math and math-related assignments in business courses such as finance and economics. The LSC also offers study skills workshops that help with time management, stress management, note-taking and exam preparation.

  • 50-minute tutoring sessions are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
  • Writing and study skills workshops are held each semester. Workshops are announced on campus.

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Student Disability Services

North Hall 203
918-594-8354

Student Disability Services (SDS) at OSU-Tulsa provides support services to students with disabilities and is committed to providing equal access to programs, services and activities.

  • Instructor Notification
  • Specialized Testing
  • Classroom Accommodations
  • Mobility Training
  • Interpreter Services
  • Assistive Technology
  • Reader Service
  • Additional Specific Services - Available as identified on an individual basis.

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Minority Support Services

North Hall 203
918-594-8234

The Minority Support Services Office provides students with wide range of support services designed to meet their specific needs and ensure opportunities for a successful academic experience. This office provides academic, career and financial counseling, and assists with social and personal concerns as well. We operate on an open door policy.

  • College Survival Workshops
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Scholarship Resources
  • Minority Student Organizations
  • Career Development/Services
  • Tutorial Referrals

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Wellness Center

North Hall 116
918-594-8126

The Wellness Center features a wide range of equipment for all fitness levels, locker room and storage facilities for member convenience and a variety of wellness services to help promote general wellbeing.

Contact a Wellness Attendant at tulsa.wellness@okstate.edu or 918-594-8126 for more information on the services offered at the OSU-Tulsa Wellness Center

View information about Wellness Center facilities and equipment.

Intramural Sports

918-594-8147

OSU-Tulsa, Tulsa Community College, OU-Tulsa and NSU-Broken Arrow have partnered to offer our students a full schedule of events. To sign up to participate or for additional information, see a Wellness Center Attendant in North Hall 116 or call 918-594-8147.

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Campus Life

North Hall 130
918-594-8450
Email: tulsa.campuslife@okstate.edu.

Through Campus Life, leaders are born and real world experience is gained. Our mission is to enhance your success by offering a wide range of activities for you to develop socially, personally and professionally.

Campus Life is located in North Hall Room 130. Our office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

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Student Organizations

North Hall 130
918-594-8450
Email: jj.smith@okstate.edu

There are a variety of student clubs and organizations on campus. If you don't see an organization that interests you, start your own group. Drop by Campus Life in North Hall 130 and let us show you what it takes to start an organization or how to get involved.

View a list of OSU-Tulsa's active student organizations.

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University Police

Main Hall 1401
918-594-8123

The Oklahoma State University -Tulsa Police Department is dedicated to enhancing the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to participate in the educational experience by providing a safe, protected, and orderly environment. The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is our primary importance.

The OSU-Tulsa Police Department seeks participation by all members of the OSU-Tulsa family in our community policing efforts. We want to provide you with direct contact with officers and personalized services as we enforce laws of the land and the University's rules and regulations.

As a service organization, the department offers a full range of police resources, including preventive patrols (24 hours), criminal investigations, crime prevention, facilities security analysis, event planning, and parking management and enforcement.

Overall, men and women of the OSU-Tulsa Police Department believe in providing proactive law enforcement and prompt friendly service to you and the university community.

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OSU-Tulsa Library

Main Hall
918-594-8130

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Computer Lab

Main Hall 2300 Wing
918-594-8043

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Counseling Center

Main Hall 2403
918-594-8568

Services Provided:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Some assessment and testing services are also available

The counseling psychology clinic provides services to children over the age of 15, adolescents, and adults who are residents of the community, including students, staff, and faculty affiliated with Oklahoma State University. Services are provided by Counseling Psychology and Community Counseling Graduate Students, and supervised by faculty members.

Counseling fees are based on a sliding scale system. Fees are determined by the total yearly income and the number of persons living in the home. OSU students, faculty and staff recieve the first five sessions free, and subsequent sessions are $10 each.

Learn more about the OSU-Tulsa Counseling Center or call 918-594-8568 to schedule an appointment.

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BOB, OSU’s Big Orange Bus

BOB is the shuttle service between the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses for students, staff, faculty and the public. BOB offers:

  • bobBig, comfy buses
  • Cheaper than driving
  • Study while you ride
  • No parking hassles
  • Convenient schedules
  • In Tulsa, call 918-594-8332
    In Stillwater, call 405-744-7100

There are several trips daily from each campus Monday-Friday. Visit the OSU-Tulsa BOB website for schedules, fares and more information.

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OSU-TULSA IS WIRELESS

  • OSU-Tulsa IT has installed Wireless Hotspots all around campus. If you do find a location that has low or no coverage please contact the IT helpdesk and we will do what we can to ensure connectivity in that area.
  • Any OSU student, staff, or faculty member will have full access to the wireless network. LU students and staff who have access to use the OSU-Tulsa computer lab and library will also have full access to the wireless network. Guest and Visitors to the OSU-Tulsa campus will also have Wireless internet access .
  • There is no charge for connecting to the OSU-Tulsa wireless network.
  • OSU students, staff and faculty have access to the internet, SIS, D2L, Library Databases and virtually any other on-campus resource. Guests to the OSU-Tulsa campus will only have access to Internet resources.
  • The OSU-Tulsa IT helpdesk is available to assist you with your wireless network and many other computer related problems. The help desk is located in Main Hall 2302 or can be reached via email or at 918-594-8200. Check the OSU in Tulsa Information Technology website for up to date lab hours.

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CAMPUS TRADITIONS

Oklahoma State University is truly steeped in tradition! You will soon become familiar with many of our OSU traditions, but we have provided the following information to help you better understand the true meaning of our Cowboy spirit.

PISTOL PETE

Until 1923, OSU’s mascot was a tiger, (adopted from Princeton University whose colors were orange and black). At that time, students were looking for a mascot with a better “Oklahoma” fit. During their search, a group of students saw Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton riding in a parade and decided to adopt his likeness as their mascot. Eaton served the University for 35 years appearing at athletic events, building dedications and other university events and was eventually inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Each year, two students are selected to portray the animated gunslinger Pistol Pete and appear at over 500 events as a symbol of the university’s fighting spirit.

For more information about Pistol Pete, visit OSUSpirit.com.

HOMECOMING

Homecoming has been a tradition at OSU since 1914 and was originally held in conjunction with the annual Harvest Carnival. It became a separate event in 1921 and has become one of the nation’s largest homecoming celebrations. Today, OSU’s homecoming draws crowds in excess of 30,000 to Stillwater, with events such as the Harvest Carnival, window and sign painting competitions, walk-around, pep rally and the parade. You won’t believe it until you see it.

WAVING

What are all those people doing with their arms in the air at the athletic events? The WAVE! The first documented waving was at Varsity Revue in the 1920’s. The wave symbolizes the waving wheat of the Oklahoma plains - one of Oklahoma’s leading agricultural commodities. The Waving Song was adapted from “In Old New York” from the musical “The Red Mill.”

SPIRIT RIDER

A rider carrying the OSU flag rides a dark horse onto Lewis Field at the beginning of each home game and after each touchdown. The “Spirit Rider’ tradition began in 1984 when student John Beall became the first rider, using his own horse. OSU purchased its own Spirit Rider horse in 1988 and named him “Bullet” through a contest in the student newspaper. Bullet is a 15-year-old registered American Quarter Horse gelding.

BEDLAM GAMES

Through out the year, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State compete in various sporting events. Fans from both schools show up in packs to help support their favorite university. Describing the Bedlam Rivalry in words is almost impossible. A bedlam game, no matter what sport, brings fans to their feet from the first moment, and they hold their breath until the very end.

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