First-Year Experience  
Fire and Water

Fire 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.


OCULeads: the President's Leadership Class is a program for students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential in academics, the arts, athletics, and church or community service.

In 2001, OCULeads began as a program to identify leadership potential in incoming students to Oklahoma City University. During the last 10 years, OCULeads has produced more than 300 campus leaders and successful professionals.

OCU's 17th president, Robert Henry, identified the need to recognize and train the future leaders of our community and our nation. President Henry, whose career includes service as a state representative, attorney general of Oklahoma, and Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, typifies leadership in the public realm. He has also founded and operated small businesses, and served on the boards of large corporations and philanthropic institutions. He employs experience, knowledge, skill, and his network to foster leadership in the selected scholars of OCULeads: the President's Leadership Class.

OCULeads gathers weekly to meet OCU's most talented faculty, staff and administrators; plan thoughtful and engaging campus events; and meet distinguished university guest speakers.

Click here to learn more about the program.

Fabulous 50 Freshmen

Each November, 50 freshmen are recognized for their top academic credentials when admitted to OCU. President Henry hosts a reception at Wilson House to honor and celebrate the academic success of the Fab 50!

Phi Eta Sigma

What is 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.

Who is eligible to join?
On campuses with an active chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, all freshmen who have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of any full-time curricular period are automatically eligible for membership, provided they have carried a normal academic load acceptable toward a bachelor's degree and rank in the upper 20 percent of their class.

Is Phi Eta Sigma a social fraternity?
Although there are social events, we are not a social fraternity. There is a dignified induction ceremony to which your parents and friends may be invited. We also host projects and activities promoting academic excellence and campus and community service.

Does joining Phi Eta Sigma prohibit me from joining a social fraternity or sorority?
No. Oklahoma City University encourages all students to participate with student organizations, and Phi Eta Sigma does not limit this option.

Must I maintain my average?
No. Lifetime membership is conferred upon induction.



Stars Week | New Student Orientation

Logo: "Stars Week: New Student Orientation"Stars Week is a week-long celebration to introduce new students to the OCU experience. All new undergraduate students 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
  • Campus Connect
  • 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 intellectual culture at OCU. The 2014 OCUReads selection is Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway.

New students are expected to read the 2014 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.

Learn more about OCUReads!