Newly Admitted Students - Next Steps

Congratulations on being accepted to Oral Roberts University. We're so excited to have you join our incoming class of ORU Golden Eagles! Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete the steps on this page. To help you on your journey to ORU, you have been assigned to an Enrollment Counselor who will help you navigate registration, answer questions and more. To see who your Enrollment Counselor is, click here! To connect with your Enrollment Counselor, call 918.495.6518 or email admissions@oru.edu.

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SECTION 1: GETTING STARTED

SECTION 2: REGISTRATION STEPS IN YOUR VISION ACCOUNT

SECTION 3: ADDITIONAL ACTIONS

1. Getting started

Step 1. - LOCATE YOUR "Z-NUMBER"

Alright, it's time to get started! Your first task is to locate your Z-number (ex. “Z12345678”) on your acceptance letter. Your Z-number uniquely identifies you, so keep it nearby, store it in your phone or tattoo is to your forehead. Okay, don’t tattoo it, but you get the point. It’s important, and you’ll need it throughout the registration process.

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Step 2 - PAY YOUR ENROLLMENT FEE

Once you've located your Z-number, it’s time lock-in your scholarships and secure your spot in the incoming class by paying the one-time $200 enrollment fee. Even if you're not 100% sure yet, we encourage you to pay the enrollment fee so we can send you everything you and your family will need to make the best decision for your future. Paying the enrollment fee means we reserve your spot in the incoming class and start crafting your financial aid package and class schedule. Plus, it opens up room selection for you when housing opens (the best rooms fill quickly!). 

Here are three ways to pay:

1. Securely online at payonline.oru.edu. Log in with your Z-number and pin (your six digit birth date, mmddyy). Once logged in, select the Deposit tab, enter your term of entry (e.g., FALL 2018) and complete your payment.
2. Over the phone by calling 918.495.6518.
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Through the mail by sending a check or money order to the following address. Please write your name and Z-number on your check or money order.
ORU Undergraduate Admissions
7777 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74171

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STEP 3 - FILE A FAFSA (U.S. Citizens ONLY)

If you haven’t already, it's time to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. What's a FAFSA? It's a government form used to determine if you qualify for federal aid like grants and loans. Even if you don’t think you’ll qualify for or need federal aid, you’ll want to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible so we can craft a personalized financial aid offer for you. Be sure to use our school code when you complete the FAFSA: 003985.

Video > Overview of Federal Student Aid
Video > Overview of the FAFSA
Video > How to Fill out the FAFSA
Video > What to Expect after Filling out the FAFSA

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STEP 4 - Experience Campus

Haven't seen ORU for yourself? You're not alone! Many newly admitted students receive acceptance to ORU before visiting their future alma mater. If this is you, we encourage you to experience why our students love ORU, from the beautiful buildings and people to the tangible presence of God here. It’s way too much to fit in one visit . . . but we dare you to try!

> Schedule a personalized Eagle Day Visit
> Register for the next College Weekend
> RSVP for the next Quest Whole Person Scholarship Event
Experience ORU's Interactive Virtual Tour

2. Registration steps in your vision account

This section is super important. You and your family will want to complete all of the steps below before arriving to campus. Some of them are fun (like choosing a dorm room) and some only take a few clicks (like verifying your address...boring). Once logged in to your VISION account, you can access all of your registration steps for the upcoming semester. If you're asking yourself, "Self, what's a VISION account?" don't worry! Step 1 below covers that, but let's not jump ahead just yet.

If you're among the 54% of the population who experience a rush of joy upon completing a checklist, then you'll enjoy the registration process - it's color coded! Items in BLUE are complete. Items in RED are incomplete and required. Items in GREEN are optional but may become required as you complete other steps. Your mission, if you accept it, is to achieve a pretty list of BLUE and GREEN before you step foot on campus. To do this, follow the steps below. If you need help along the way, we're here to serve you. Connect with your Enrollment Counselor at 918.495.6518  or admissions@oru.edu.

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Step 1 - LOG IN TO VISION and CREATE YOUR ORU EMAIL ADDRESS

It’s time to explore VISION and create your ORU email account. VISION the site where ORU students (hey, that's you!) do everything from completing registration steps to checking grades!


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To access your VISION account, visit vision.oru.edu. If this is your first time logging in, select LOGIN WITH Z-NUMBER & PIN. Type your Z-number and PIN (your six digit birth date, mmddyy). This will be your password until you change it.
2. To begin your registration steps in VISION, select REGISTRATION QUICK LINKS > REGISTRATION STEPS/ONLINE BOOKSTORE >TERM OF ENTRY (e.g., FALL 2018).
3. To create your ORU email, click INCOMPLETE next to ORU EMAIL in your REGISTRATION STEPS. You will see an automated, preset email address. Delete the preset address and create your own email address. Then create a password and submit.
4. Wait 5-10 minutes for this to set up in the backend, then visit mail.oru.edu to log in to your ORU email account. It’s important to save mail.oru.edu on your phone and computer. Be sure to check your inbox often because all email communication from ORU will be sent to your student email address from this point forward.

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Step 2 - view your oru class schedule

It's class time! Okay, not yet, but it'll be here before you know it. But there's no need to stress about which classes to choose and why. Your first ORU class schedule will be created for you based on the recommended courses listed on your degree plan sheet, your acceptance status and any ACT/SAT test scores, CLEP results, AP results and any transfer credits currently on file.

After your initial semester, you may create your own schedule using your VISION account at vision.oru.edu. There are multiple ways to view, print and even email your schedule through your VISION account. Watch the following how-to video on viewing your schedule. If you need help understanding your schedule or you want to make changes to your schedule, please email schedule@oru.edu.

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Step 3 - Complete Address verification

(Prepare for a boring statement with legal jargon.) Federal regulation requires us to maintain current and accurate address information for all our students. To ensure this, your address information must be re-entered every Spring, Summer, and Fall to complete registration. 

1. Once logged in to your VISION account, select REGISTRATION QUICK LINKS > REGISTRATION STEPS/ONLINE BOOKSTORE >TERM OF ENTRY (e.g., FALL 2018).
2.  Click INCOMPLETE next to ADDRESS VERIFICATION in your REGISTRATION STEPS
3. To complete address verification, please enter your information then press the COMPLETE ADDRESS VERIFICATION button.

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Step 4 - Select a room and meal plan

Are you ready for one of the best parts of registration? We'll pause for 3 seconds if you're not quite there. Okay, now that you're ready to select you room and meal plan, let's start by completing the Housing Application through your ORU VISION account. If you need help with this step, check out the video and instructions below or connect with your Enrollment Counselor at 918.495.6518


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. Log in to your VISION account at vision.oru.edu. Once logged in, select REGISTRATION QUICK LINKS > SELECT HOUSING
2. Under the New Students section, select the appropriate Housing Application (e.g., 2018-2019 Housing Application).
3. After the Welcome Page, confirm or update your information and privacy preferences. 
4. On the Roommate Group page, you can invite someone to be your roommate using their last name, first name and ORU email address. Your prospective roommate must first submit their housing application before you can pull them into your roommate group.
5. Read and sign the ORU Housing Agreement. Agree to the terms, and sign the bottom of the Agreement using your ORU Z-number. Be sure to include a capital “Z” or else you won’t be able to continue. Read and check all of the checkboxes. Click the "Agree" button before going to the next page.
6. Select your preferred meal plan for the year. For more information on meal plans, visit housing.oru.edu.
7. On the Housing Application Summary page, you must select “Submit” at the bottom of the page to finish the application. Once you click “Submit,” you’ll be immediately re-directed to the Room Selection process. If not, you’ll need to wait until the Room Selection window is open. 

If room and meal selection is open, you should be immediately re-directed to the Room Selection process after your complete the Housing Application. If you need help with this step, watch the video below or connect with your Enrollment Counselor at 918.495.6518. For a complete list of room and meal plan options, visit housing.oru.edu


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Log in to your VISION account at vision.oru.edu. Once logged in, select REGISTRATION QUICK LINKS > SELECT HOUSING.
2. Under the New Students section, select the appropriate room and meal plan selection form. 
3. After the Welcome Page, you will identify and pull-in a roommate. If a student is listed, that means either you are they have accepted an invitation to be a roommate from the Housing Application. Clicking the red “x” next to the student’s name will remove that roommate from your room. Clicking the “notepad” icon next to their name will allow you to search for a different student. Once you’re done with this step, click “Next.”
4. Now it’s time to select a room. To search by building, select the arrow next to one of the Residence Halls available to you. This will display available Floor Sections. Click the arrow next to a preferred Floor Section to see available rooms.

There are two ways to navigate rooms: 
To select a room in list view:  Click the YELLOW Lock icon to the right of the room. Doing this initiates a timer that makes that room unavailable to other students. Select your bed space from the drop-down. If you have a roommate, you will also need to use the other dropdown to place them in the room.

To select a room using map view: Select “Display Map.” Rooms and beds outlined in GREEN are available, and rooms and beds in RED are unavailable. Select an available room. If you are not in a Roommate Group, you can hover over a RED bed to see that student’s information. Only information that the student has decided to reveal will display. To select a room, click the YELLOW lock icon next to a bed. Then from the drop-down, select a room for you and your roommate if you have one. If you have Locked a room but want to select another room, you must select “Release Lock.”

5. Now it’s time to select a meal plan. Select the first GREEN plus icon. Make sure a Plan Type of “Meal” is selected in the first drop-down box. In the second drop-down box, select a meal plan. You’ll want to do this for your roommate if you have one. To lock in your selection, click the YELLOW lock. Once your selection is locked, click “Next.” 
6. The final page contains a summary of your room and meal plan selection. Read through it and select “Submit” at the bottom of the page.

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Step 5 - Submit YOUR Health Insurance Information (optional)

Having health insurance is not required in order to complete registration. However, we strongly recommend you have health insurance coverage. You can contact Student Accounts at studentaccounts@oru.edu for details regarding a plan available through ORU. If you currently have a valid health insurance plan, please follow the steps below.

1. Once logged in to your VISION account, select REGISTRATION QUICK LINKS > REGISTRATION STEPS/ONLINE BOOKSTORE >TERM OF ENTRY (e.g., FALL 2018).
2. Click INCOMPLETE next to INSURANCE in your REGISTRATION STEPS.
3. Please enter your insurance information then press the SUBMIT button.

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Step 6 - View and resolve anY holds on your account

If you're in the zone and checking off registration steps left and right but stumble across the word "HOLD" along the way, you may experience a moment of temporary confusion and frustration. This is normal. Breathe. Almost every new student experiences a "Hold-up" in the process (see what we did there, eh?). Yes, having a hold on your account can prevent you from completing your registration and enrolling in your first semester, but most holds are simple to resolve - just follow the steps below:

1. Once logged in to your VISION account, select REGISTRATION QUICK LINKS > REGISTRATION STEPS/ONLINE BOOKSTORETERM OF ENTRY (e.g., FALL 2018).
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Look to the right of the item labeled HOLDS. If it says NO HOLDS in BLUE, you are able to complete your registration steps. If you see HOLDS ON ACCOUNT in RED, it means you have at least one hold. Click on this RED link to view these holds. You may be able to resolve the hold yourself. If you need additional assistance, reach out to your Enrollment Counselor at 918.495.6518 or admissions@oru.edu.

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STEP 7 - Review and Complete YOUR FINANCIAL AID FILE

If you have received your Financial Aid Award Package from us, you can now select or decline individual financial aid offers as well as apply for loans as needed through your VISION account. To review and accept or decline financial aid offers, please follow the steps below:

1. Once logged in to your VISION account, select REGISTRATION QUICK LINKSACCEPT YOUR FINANCIAL AID AWARDS.
2.  Select an AID YEAR (e.g., 2018-2019 Aid Year).
3. Decide which offers to accept. Before clicking the ACCEPT AWARD OFFER tab, you'll need to click the TERMS AND CONDITIONS tab if that requirement is still incomplete. If you have questions about this step or any of your awards, please connect with your Enrollment Counselor at 918.495.6518 or admissions@oru.edu.

Please Note: As you decide which offers to accept, more requirements may be generated on VISION for you to complete. For example, Direct Loan borrowers will need to complete master promissory notes and entrance counseling. Parents applying for Direct Parent PLUS Loans also need to complete a Direct Parent PLUS Loan request and master promissory note, which are separate documents. Financial Awareness counseling is required for students who accept additional unsubsidized loans resulting from a Direct Parent PLUS Loan denial. To avoid registration delays, complete any outstanding requirements prior to arriving on campus.

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STEP 8 - COMPLETE THE STUDENT AUTHORIZATION, RELEASE AND FINANCIAL CONTRACT

(Another boring statement with legal jargon.) To comply with federal regulations, we ask you to review and sign the Student Authorization, Release and Financial Contract before your first semester. To sign this contract, please follow the steps below:

1. Once logged in to your VISION account, select REGISTRATION QUICK LINKS > REGISTRATION STEPS/ONLINE BOOKSTORE >TERM OF ENTRY (e.g., FALL 2018).
2. Click INCOMPLETE next to STUDENT AUTHORIZATION, RELEASE AND FINANCIAL CONTRACT.
3. Review the information, and if you agree with the terms stated, click the box that reads, “By checking this box, I indicate that I have read and I agree to the terms of the Student Authorization, Release and Financial Contract.

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STEP 9 - PAY OFF YOUR BALANCE OR BEGIN A TMS PAYMENT PLAN

Before starting classes, you are responsible for paying off your balance. This includes tuition, fees, room and board. To see if you have a remaining balance, follow the steps below:

1. Once logged in to your VISION account, select REGISTRATION QUICK LINKS > REGISTRATION STEPS/ONLINE BOOKSTORE >TERM OF ENTRY (e.g., FALL 2018).
2. Look to the right of the step the item labeled BALANCE DUE. If it says NO, you are able to complete all of your registration steps. If a dollar amount is listed, then that's the remaining balance due.
3. If you have a balance due, please pay off your balance using verifiable financial aid, monthly installment payments on the TMS payment plan (information below), cash, check, credit card, money order or wire transfer. You may make a payment through your VISION account with a credit card or electronic check (ACH) using the links listed below your registration steps. If you are an International student, we recommend Fly Wire (flywire.com) which offers payment options with guaranteed low rates for currency conversion.

Tuition Management Systems (TMS) is an optional payment plan that divides your outstanding balance into 12 monthly installments without charging interest. TMS is not financing and does not affect credit. Students can set up a TMS account by visiting oru.afford.com or calling 800.722.4867. This method of payment is optional and students can choose to withdraw from TMS at any time in order to pay their charges with one of the alternative methods listed above.

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STEP 10 - FINALIZE YOUR REGISTRATION (YAY!)

Once you have finished all of the steps above, give yourself one of the following: a pat on the back, some snaps, and or a fresh glass of sweet tea. Once you've done this, it's time to finalize your registration. Follow the instructions below to complete this last step:

1. Once logged in to your VISION account, select REGISTRATION QUICK LINKS > REGISTRATION STEPS/ONLINE BOOKSTORE >TERM OF ENTRY (e.g., FALL 2018).
2. If you see any items in RED, that means they are incomplete and required (use the instructions in the steps above for help). Items in GREEN are optional.
3. If all of your steps are BLUE or GREEN, select INCOMPLETE next to REGISTRATION. Once you're done, we'll send you a copy of your registration worksheet to your ORU email address. Double-check the worksheet in your email or in VISION to make sure it says COMPLETE and keep the completed worksheet for your records. If you are having trouble completing your registration steps, please connect with your Enrollment Counselor at 918.495.6518 or admissions@oru.edu.
4. Once done, do a happy dance and see which of the additional actions you may need to do next.

NOTE FOR ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: International students must check-in with the International Admissions Office when they arrive on campus before their registration can be finalized. If all registration steps are complete, including payment arrangements, but you are delayed in arriving, please contact Student Accounts at studentaccounts@oru.edu or 918.495.6370 for a temporary completion to avoid the late registration fee pending your international check-in.

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3. Additional Actions

SEND MEDICAL ASSESSMENT AND IMMUNIZATIONS RECORDS

Full-Time Students: Before arriving on campus, you must provide a completed Medical Assessment Form which includes a medical history, a physical examination, physician's recommendation for exercise and immunization records. The Medical Assessment Form and copies of immunization records should be delivered to ORU Student Health Services in person or by mail, fax or email (studenthealth@oru.edu). Visit studenthealth.oru.edu for more information.

- View Immunization Requirements
Download the Medical Assessment Form

Part-Time Students: Before arriving on campus, you must provide immunization records for the MMR series, Hep B series, Meningococcal vaccine and a TB Skin Test. If you are enrolled in any HPER class a, Medical Assessment Form is also required. The Medical Assessment Form and copies of immunization records should be delivered to ORU Student Health Services in person or by mail, fax or email (studenthealth@oru.edu) Visit studenthealth.oru.edu for more information. 

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PRE-ORDER YOUR EAGLE CARD (STUDENT ID CARD)

Are you an expert or aspiring selfie taker? Then this step may be for you! If you want to pre-print your Eagle Card (Student ID Card) to ensure the perfect picture and skip the lines during New Student Orientation, then email the following to ORU's Eagle Card Center at orupreprinted@oru.edu:

1. Include your Z-number along with you being a new student.
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Attach a current photo that meets the following requirements:  must be passport style, JPEG format, less than 100k file size, the background should be uniform and light-colored, you must be facing forward with head and shoulders visible, and you cannot wear sunglasses or a hat. 

Please note:  All photo submissions will be reviewed before becoming active, so please note approval time may be necessary. You will receive a confirmation email once your photo has been approved and the card has been printed. Turnaround can take at least three days from submission to being printed. New students will be able to pick up their pre-printed ID during New Student Orientation. You need to bring a valid state photo id (passport, State issued driver's license, Military ID) in order to pick up your ID. If you are local, You may pick up your ID card in person from the Eagle Card Center any time after you receive the confirmation. The Eagle Card Center is located in the LRC on the 3rd (across from Admissions). Hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 5:00pm ( Closed from 11:00am – 12:00pm for lunch).

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HAVE YOUR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS SENT TO ORU

Once you finish high school or your final semester at your current college, you should celebrate! Then right after that, you should have your final official transcripts sent directly from your high school or college to Oral Roberts University (that's us):

  • Fax: 918.495.6222 (include cover letter proving it is being sent from the school)
  • Email: admissions@oru.edu (include information proving it is being sent from the school)
  • Mail: ORU Undergraduate Admissions, 7777 South Lewis Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74171 (must be mailed from the school or hand-delivered to ORU in a sealed envelope to be considered official)

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ORDER YOUR TEXTBOOKS

It's not a conspiracy: professors want you to learn stuff all the time (not just in the classroom). As you'll discover, books and classtime go together like a fine PB&J to bring about a feast of knowledge (how's that analogy for you). Once your class schedule is locked in, it's time to snag your books. Whether you want to purchase, rent or get digital books, consider ordering your books early from the University Bookstore. You can find a quick link on your VISION account. Follow the steps below:

1. Once logged in to your VISION account, select REGISTRATION QUICK LINKS > REGISTRATION STEPS/ONLINE BOOKSTORE >TERM OF ENTRY (e.g., FALL 2018).
2. At the bottom of this page, click PURCHASE BOOKS FROM THE ORU BOOKSTORE.
3. This will take you to a screen where you can view all the textbooks you'll need based on the courses listed on your student schedule. If you order textbooks in advance, they will be ready for you to pick up when you arrive on campus. If using extra financial aid funds to purchase books, you must approve moving funds to your Eagle Card. Funds can be moved in VISION during the first two weeks of the semester.

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FEDERAL PROCESS OF VERIFICATION

About one in three students will be selected for the federal process of verification. If you are selected, you’ll see notices in VISION and in your ORU email of what documentation ORU Financial Aid needs in order to verify the information submitted on your FAFSA. You may send these documents to Financial Aid by scanning them as an attachment to orufinaid@oru.edu or by faxing them to 918.495.6803. Please submit your verification documents as soon as possible and note that the Financial Aid Office cannot accept U.S. Tax Returns in fulfilling verification requirements. If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool at the time you submit your FAFSA, you will need to request income tax transcripts to substantiate your income figures. Not all students will be selected for the federal process of verification. This process may add three to four weeks to your application process. Therefore, please complete the financial aid process early to avoid delays during registration.

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Download the Student Life App

Want to stay connected to your ORU family? Of course you do! The best way it to click here and download the ORU app!

- Access all your campus information on the go.
- Keep your classes, assignments and events organized.
- Join the campus discussion and connect with your peers.
- Chat with your friends and see their timetables.
- Stay informed of what's going on with automatic alerts.

[Get it on Google Play]Download on the App Store

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REGISTER FOR NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

Are you ready? New student move-in and Golden Eagle New Studen Orientation starts August 13! All new students (that's you!) are required to attend Golden Eagle New Student Orientation. The word "required" seems odd though... I mean, who would want to miss one of the best weeks of the year?

The registration form for orientation is now open!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR GOLDEN EAGLE NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

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FIND AN ON-CAMPUS JOB (OPTIONAL)

Need some extra cash to cover school expenses or fund your morning espresso needs? Why not apply for a work-study job on campus! But before you begin looking for a work-study job on campus, you must complete registration and accept the work-study award in your financial aid package. For more information on work-study eligibility, click here.

If you're eligible, you can find a work-study job, follow these steps:

STEP 1: REGISTER FOR AN ORU HANDSHAKE ACCOUNT
Register for an ORU Handshake account or log in to an existing account at oru.joinhandshake.com. Once you create an account, you can navigate work-study jobs posted by ORU employees or navigate job opportunities posted by employers in partnership with ORU Student Employment.

STEP 2: LOOK FOR A WORK-STUDY JOB IN HANDSHAKE
Fall work-study jobs will start getting posted on ORU's Handshake site in mid-July.

1. Once logged into oru.joinhandshake.com, click on the Jobs tab.
2. Select FILTER then WORK STUDY. That will bring up all work study jobs.

STEP 3: APPLY

Fill out a Student Employment Application, located under REGISTRATION QUICK LINKS in your VISION account. A position must be posted on Handshake before you submit your application. Work-Study applications will only be considered if it is a valid position posted on Handshake. If you are applying for a position through Sodexo you will apply by going to sodexo.balancetrak.com and searching under zip code 74171 for their positions.

Please Note: In order to work on campus, you will need to bring original identification with you to campus to complete the Federal I-9. If you have any questions, contact Student Employment at studentemployment@oru.edu or 918.495.6874.

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Audition and Apply (Music, Dance and Theatre Majors Only) 

If you plan on studying music, dance or theatre, you'll need to check out these extra requirements for admission into these programs.

Dance: Once admitted to ORU, a separate application and audition are required. For more information on how to audition and apply, visit dance.oru.edu.

Music, Musical Theatre, Music Therapy and Worship Arts: Once admitted to ORU, a separate application and audition are required. For more information on how to audition and apply, visit music.oru.edu or contact the Music Department at music@oru.edu or 918.495.7500.

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Have fun! 

If you are reading this, you either completed all the steps above or you yielded to the temptation to jump ahead. Spoiler Alert: there's no spoiler alert. If you've finished all the steps, have a blast preparing for your first semester as an ORU Golden Eagle: transition your wardrobe to primarily be blue and gold, create a Pinterest board of your future room, finish that pre-college bucket list, and convince your family that you do in fact need their flat screen for studying purposes. If you're not finished with the steps, you can still have fun! If things begin to feel un-fun (i.e., you get stuck on a step), connect with your Enrollment Counselor at 918.495.6518 or admissions@oru.edu

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