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Incoming Freshmen

You are in! Now what? Use the list below to keep you on track with everything to do prior to your first day of classes.

1. Share your good news!

UCO student holding #FutureBroncho sighUse #FutureBroncho to share an image of yourself celebrating your acceptance to Central!

Twitter: #FutureBroncho

Instagram: #FutureBroncho


2. Apply for Financial Assistance


UCO's combined admission and scholarship application allow students to apply for admission and institutional scholarships at the same time. Students must apply and submit required documents by the scholarship deadline to be automatically considered for Academic, Leadership, and Oklahoma State Regents scholarships at Central. 

Additional Scholarship opportunities may be available through university departments, third-party organizations, and community organizations. We encourage all students to diversify their scholarship applications to assist with paying for school. 


Federal Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the government-provided application for need-based funds to help pay for college. UCO highly recommends completing the FAFSA regardless of the student's family income. 

Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. The application opens Oct. 1. To be considered for institutional scholarships, students must submit the FAFSA to UCO by Feb. 1, 2021. 

FAFSA Application

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3. Activate your UCONNECT Account

UCONNECT is the secure student portal at Central where students can access email, enrollment, grades, course materials, and more. Login information should have been received via email at the time of admission. Activate your account for important information and updates about financial aid awards and on-campus living.

*Many UCO offices will only communicate with you via your official UCO email account.

Activate your account


4. Apply for on-campus living

Although not required, on-campus living at Central is highly recommended! Apply for on-campus living in November by visiting your UCONNECT "My Housing" tab. Space is limited, so sign up as soon as possible to prioritize your choices.

On-campus Living Options     UCONNECT Login

5. Sign up for New Broncho Orientation

Orientation at Central is called New Broncho Orientation and kicks off in the summer. Sign-up opens in March for this two-day, overnight program that will allow you to meet other freshmen, stay on campus, meet an academic advisor, register for classes, and learn UCO traditions. All incoming freshman students are required to attend a New Broncho Orientation session prior to enrollment.

New Broncho Orientation

6. Participate in Stampede Week!

Stampede Week is scheduled for the first week of classes in the fall, and is full of activities and information designed to welcome you to Central. The week is packed with opportunities to meet new people, get acquainted with campus, and learn about the main services and programs available to help you succeed at Central.