Welcome parents and families to Housing and Residential Life! There is great importance in a positive relationship between student and family, and we hope that these resources will help you in that journey. Please browse the website and familiarize yourself with all our Department has to offer. As always, please feel free to contact any member of the Housing and Residential Life staff if you have questions or concerns.
Why live on campus?
Advantages of living on-campus: students who live on campus…
- Make higher grades than those living off campus
- Graduate earlier than off-campus students.
- Are more involved in outside activities than off campus students
- 43% more likely to finish college than those who never live on campus
- More than likely to do graduate work
- Improved self-confidence
- More satisfied with the college experience
- More interpersonal contacts with faculty and peers
- Increase in artistic interests
- Great increases in personal self-esteem
- Experience greatest change in philosophy, values, political views, and career goals.
The application process can begin at least a year before your student actually moves to campus. We encourage you to take a campus tour, and become familiar with the housing options and which will work best for your student. Applications for the next academic year will be accepted beginning October 1 of the previous year. The process is all on-line, and takes just a few minutes to complete. Your student will actually get to choose his or her room and building the spring/summer before the fall semester.
Priority Sign Up
It is never too early to start thinking about where your student is going to live next year. On campus residents participate in Priority Sign Up each fall. This program allows current residents to choose where they want to live the following year. It is all based on priority rankings, including number of semesters on campus, classification, hours completed, and even grade point average. Almost half of all on campus residents choose to live on campus the following year. This is how many of the residents are able to move into the apartments or suites.
OSU boasts one of the safest campuses in the Big XII. OSU takes your student's safety very seriously, and provides security phones across campus, hall member(s) on duty in each hall 24 hours a day, and one of the fastest response times of any police department. In addition, we provide card swipe access on exterior doors, automated fire suppression systems, and commercial grade locks in all of our facilities.
One of the most important factors in providing a safe environment is personal prevention. Students should lock their room/unit doors at all times, including when they are home and when they leave their room, even if it is just to walk down the fall for a minute or two. Also, when the building doors are locked, do not let anyone have access to the building by holding open the door or propping the door open. Many halls offer 24-hour desk services to provide additional supervision.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The essence of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is to give a student the right to inspect his or her education records and to protect the privacy of these records. Visit the OSU FERPA informational website for more information.
Are you working on your budget and want to know what the halls are going to cost? View the rates and pricing page for information on both single student options as well as Family and Graduate Student Housing options.
Policies and Procedures
All students have the responsibility to read and understand the OSU Residential Life Community Standards Handbook, as well as the University's Student Code of Conduct. These publications join to create a road map for your student's experience living on campus.
Parental Notification Policy
Oklahoma State University enacted a new policy at the beginning of the fall 2002 semester, which permits selected University Administrators to notify the parents of students who are under 21 and found responsible for violating the University's Alcohol and Drug Policies.
The Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 1998 included amendments to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which permits colleges and universities to notify parents/guardians when a student under the age of 21 has been found in violation of any federal and/or state law, local ordinances or University policy or Residential Life/Greek Life behavior standards regarding the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance.