FYE Programs

Stars Week

Stars Week is a week-long celebration to introduce new students to the OCU experience. All new undergraduate studentsStars Week Brochure 2016 participate in both mandatory and optional events that will create connections to the campus community in and out of the classroom.

Highlights of Stars Week include:

  • Matriculation Convocation
  • OCUReads
  • Blue Out Blow Out Spirit Rally
  • OKConnect
  • Stars on Bricktown

Stars Week is also full of opportunities to acquaint you with campus life and people who will help you make the successful transition to college life. Parents and families are also welcomed to OCU during the first 2 days of Stars Week.


OCUReads, a common reading experience for new students, was created in 2004 to introduce new students to the The Prince of Los Cucoyosintellectual culture at OCU. The 2016 OCUReads selection is The Prince of Los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco.

New students are expected to read the 2016 OCUReads selection before Stars Week. New students are invited to actively engage through reading, discussion and listening to the ideas of others with OCU faculty and upperclassmen, and to attend a highly anticipated visit with the author. 

Students are invited to submit entries to Musings, a creative competition to reflect on the major themes of the book in the Letters or Arts categories to compete for cash prizes.

MUSINGS Competition

OCUReads is new students’ first opportunity to engage with the community of scholars that is central to the OCU experience. In August, as part of Stars Week: New Student Orientation, first-year students will participate in a series of discussions and activities providing a deeper appreciation of Acts of Faith.

All incoming freshmen are encouraged to participate in MUSINGS …

Creative Reflections on The Prince of Los Cocuyos.

For more information and submission requirements, click here.

Opportunities Festival

The Opportunities Festival is an involvement fair hosted every Fall during the second week of classes. At this event all students get to learn about on and off-campus opportunities, enjoy games, entertainment and free food. This year, we will be hosting the Wizarding World of Opportunities. Don't miss your chance to catch the OCU Spell!

New Student Orientation Leaders

NSOL RandomOrientation leaders are OCU student leaders who are committed and motivated to connecting new students to the campus community. Orientation leaders are selected in January, and meet every other week during the Spring semester to plan and prepare for Stars Week.

For more information click here.

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Phi Eta Sigma

Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society for college freshmen. Our goal is to encourage and reward academic excellence among first-year students at Oklahoma City University. The oldest and largest freshman honor society, Phi Eta Sigma was founded at the University of Illinois on March 22, 1923.

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Each Spring, about 50 first-year students are recognized for their top academic credentials following their first semester on campus. Parents and families are welcome to join a celebration of our outstanding first-year students!

Fire & Water

Fire & WaterFire and Water is a rite of passage, a ceremony filled with tradition. The OCULeads class plans and hosts this very special evening beginning with a dinner for the entire first-year class to celebrate your successful transition into college.

The Fire and Water ceremony focuses on rejoicing in the positive experiences of your first year, and your success in overcoming any negative challenges. 

And, yes, there is fire and water involved! 

You won’t want to miss it.