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How to Prepare for Your Freshman Year at OBU Over the Summer

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to Oklahoma Baptist University and have secured your spot in the incoming freshman class. We’re excited to see you on campus in August for Welcome Week and show you all of the amazing things that come with being a Bison. From the numerous opportunities available to get involved on campus to our world-class academics and professors, we have no doubt that your time at OBU will be some of the best years of your life.

Making the transition from high school to college can be an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. To help ensure your transition into college life is as smooth as possible, we’ve put together some tips to help you prepare during the summer before your freshman year.

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Take Steps to Prepare Financially

At OBU, we’re delighted to be able to offer each incoming freshman a guaranteed scholarship of $5,000 or more per year to go toward their tuition, in addition to many other scholarships and grants that are awarded based on need and academic achievement.

There are also many other opportunities for funding your college experience. Take the time this summer to research loan options, look into applying for a part-time student job on campus or explore the SmartGuide to see what options there are in terms of financial aid. 

It’s also a good idea to establish a budget for yourself as you enter into independent life away from home. It can be easy to lose track of how much you're spending on food, coffee and other expenses, so setting limits for yourself for monthly spending can be a great way to keep your finances in check.

An easy way to save money on food is by signing up for the OBU Life Style Dining Program. Our meal plans range from unlimited cafeteria access to a limited plan for students living in apartments, allowing you to choose the option that best fits your lifestyle.

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Don’t Forget to Pack! 

If you’ll be living in an OBU residence hall make sure you have everything you need in terms of school supplies and bedroom accessories. To help make sure you don’t forget the essentials such as bedding and an umbrella (for walking to class in those Oklahoma storms), we’ve compiled a handy college packing checklist. You can also find information on items prohibited in the dormitories. Make sure to review both over the summer before arriving on campus to set yourself up for an easy move-in day.

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Get Excited About Being an OBU Bison

Are you ready for life at OBU? Here are a few things you can do to get into the Bison mindset over the summer!

Put Welcome Week on your Calendar

You definitely won’t want to miss your opportunity to meet your future classmates, learn about OBU traditions, participate in fun activities and get everything you’ll need for your first day of class.

Get Your Official Green and Gold OBU Gear

Visit the OBU Campus Store online or in-person to stock up on your Bison merchandise.

Download the OBUmobile App

The OBUmobile app will be your one-stop shop for campus news, athletics updates, student resources, email access, the Welcome Week schedule and more!

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Visit Campus if You Haven’t Already

If you haven’t visited our campus, the summer is the perfect time to make the trip to Shawnee and see where you’ll be spending the next four years.

Research Student Organizations You May be Interested In

Hoping to get involved with a student organization or other on-campus activities? Do some research now so that you can seek out certain groups when you get to campus in the fall. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet student organization representatives in-person at the Un Cuerpo organization fair in August.

Learn the Alma Mater and Ka-Rip!

Although we’ll teach you the alma mater and Ka-Rip! during Welcome Week, it doesn’t hurt to start practicing now so that you look like a pro when it’s time to show your school spirit.

Connect with OBU on Social Media

Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all things OBU, connect with other incoming freshmen and tell us why you're excited to be a #OBUBison!

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Planning to live and eat on campus? The Residential Life Staff regularly provides updates on events and other important information.

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The Student Financial Services team is here to help you finance your OBU education.

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Freshman Class

Each freshman class creates their own Facebook group to stay connected during the summer and after classes begin. Do a quick search and find your “Oklahoma Baptist University Class of” group!