Freshman, Transfer Student Orientation dates set to welcome students to campus; inform of changes

August 8, 2017

Howdy Week

Freshman and transfer student orientation sessions for Northwestern Oklahoma State University are just around the corner. Northwestern-Alva also has several welcome-back activities planned for the following week after orientation.

Freshman Orientation activities will take place on Saturday, Aug. 19. from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the Alva campus. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in Herod Hall. The session is required for all freshmen.

Transfer Student Orientation for the Alva campus will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday in the Education Center, room 109.

Transfer Student Orientation for Woodward and Enid campuses will take place on Thursday, Aug. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. Woodward campus orientation will take place in the Phillips conference room, while the Enid campus orientation will take place in the Enid commons area.

At the orientation, students will learn how to receive and utilize their new Ranger Card through Northwestern’s newest identification and debit card system with step-by-step help from staff.

After the traditional freshman group picture is taken at the Alva campus at about noon on Saturday, Northwestern’s Registry Office will be open from noon to 1:30 p.m. to provide copies of class schedules and answer questions. They will not be able to process enrollments or drop/add on that day. The Financial Aid Office will be open to accept paperwork and answer questions. The Business Office will be open to accept payments, Residence Hall deposits, and answer any questions. The Bookstore will be open to purchase books or Northwestern gear or students can visit the Northwestern homepage and purchase their books online.

All first-time freshmen must enroll in a Ranger Connection class, but “Freshman Frenzy” on Aug. 28 starting at 8 p.m. will replace the second week of Ranger Connection classes. Freshman Frenzy, a required event for all incoming freshmen, helps these students bond through team-building exercises at the beginning of the school year. Ranger Connection classes are listed under University Studies in the fall schedule and serve as an orientation to the university and college life.

Northwestern's classes begin Monday, Aug. 21. The last day to add a 16-week course at Northwestern is Aug. 29. Course schedules can be found online at

Northwestern’s Student Government Association will sponsor a week of fun events for students at the Alva campus.

  • The Monday following student orientations will kick off the Alva campus Howdy Week excitement with “Aloha Northwestern” for all Northwestern students. At 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, on the Intramural Field will be a cookout, slip n’ slide, dunk tank, volleyball tournament, music and fun.
  • Day two of Howdy Week will be “Movie Night” at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Just south of Coronado Café will be a movie playing for students, topped off with free corndogs and popcorn. Students are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on.
  • Northwestern’s SGA is bringing the party to the students with a “Block Party” for day Howdy Week on Thursday, Aug. 24, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. On Monroe Street, between South Hall and Coronado Hall the block party will take place with plenty of free food, music, dancing for the students and overall socializing event for Rangers to get to know other students on campus.
  • On the last day of Howdy Week, SGA will host two events Friday, Aug. 24. The first will take place in downtown Alva for “Bingo on the Square” starting at 4 p.m. on with food from local trucks for purchase, and discounts to be announced closer to the event. Students can meet at the stage on the courthouse lawn anytime from 4 to 5:30 p.m. to pick up a bingo card; bingo winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m.
  • The second event on Friday will be a free concert on Alva’s Downtown Square called, “Night in the Northwest,” starting at 6 p.m. students can join the Northwest Oklahoma Leadership Class for a night of musical talent and food from local food trucks for purchase until 10 p.m. Students are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

For more details on Freshman or Transfer Student Orientation please visit

Additional questions should be directed to Calleb Mosburg, dean of student affairs and enrollment management, at (580) 327-8415 or; Dr. Deena Fisher, dean of the Northwestern-Woodward campus, (580) 256-0047 or; or Candace Reim, Enid student services coordinator, at (580) 213-3147 or

For those attending the University Center at Ponca City, please contact Ellan Edwards at (580)718-5600.


Ali Gavitt, University Relations Specialist, 580-327-8480

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