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Your First Days on CampusWelcome to the Cowboy family.

We can’t wait to see you on campus for Cowboy Welcome beginning with your move-in, through Sunday, Aug. 16. Cowboy Welcome will provide you with a week of fun-filled experiences, an opportunity to make new friends and discover your beautiful campus and local community. We will hold the majority of the programming (some virtual and some in small groups) between Aug. 12-16.

Our Cowboy Welcome activities will follow the Cowboys Coming Back Plan (view) which includes wearing masks and social distancing. As a result, the activities we are planning will look a little different from prior years.

Our goal is to provide you with a meaningful welcome to your new campus and community while also keeping you and your fellow students safe. We hope you will take full advantage of this time before classes begin to make new friends and learn about the resources around you.

Download the Cowboy Welcome App

Meet your future classmates all summer.
Don't wait until Cowboy Welcome to get to know your classmates. Download the Cowboy Welcome app to your phone at Tap the "download" button to get the free Guidebook app. Open Guidebook on your mobile device and look for the guide: Cowboy Welcome. Set up your profile with your photo and social profiles and start introducing yourself to other new students. All of the orientation leaders will also be there to greet you. 

Class Photo

One of the highlights of your Cowboy Welcome experience should be the class photo! Watch this short video to learn more about the Class of 2023 and their class photo. Make sure you're part of the OSU history books!

Key Signature Events

During Cowboy Welcome, there are Key Signature Events we recommend all new freshmen attend. Take a look at some of the past events you can take part in before classes even begin.

Move-in Day

The Cowboy family will roll out to welcome you and help you move into your new home. For most students, move in takes place the week before classes begin. 

New Student Convocation

President Burns Hargis and the OSU administration formally welcome you at Convocation as you kick off your college journey. 

Rock the Block

Learn about intramural and club sports at Rock the Block, hosted by the Department of Wellness and Residential Life with food, fun games and a petting zoo.

Class Photo

Don't miss out on your class photo. The photo will be taken right after Convocation. Each OSU class has a unique photo shape. Make sure you're part of the history books!

Student Organization Fair

We want you to get involved on campus! From the Cat Lovers Club to the Quidditch Club, the student organization fair is a great opportunity to find your fit among our 500+ student groups.

Library House Party

Not your typical night in Edmon Low Library. Take dance lessons, play video or board games and enjoy a night of entertainment. There's no need for you to use your inside voices you can be as loud as you want.

Cookout with a Cop

The OSU Police Department invites you to attend a free cookout. Learn about OSU Safety and meet the head cook, Police Chief Leon Jones, as he flips your burgers and hotdogs. 

Phired Up!

Get prepared for new friends and college experiences at our welcome and networking session, Phired Up!

Event Submission

Do you want to host a Cowboy Welcome event?
Faculty and staff members should submit Cowboy Welcome events here before the Friday, May 15, deadline.
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