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New Graduate Students

Welcome to Oakland University! We’re so pleased you decided to pursue your graduate education at OU. You will find the graduate community rich with opportunities for advanced research, academic collaboration and other scholarly pursuits. You’ll also find OU brimming with student resources and services to make sure you achieve all your professional and personal goals.

Getting Started
Step 1: Determine your admission
After submitting all your application materials, and upon university review, you will receive a letter admitting you to a graduate program at OU. You will then accept, decline or defer your admission with the Acceptance of Graduate Admission Offer form.

A deferral means an offer of admission was extended to you for a specified semester. You may update within five terms of the original admission term; thereafter, a new application is required.

Deferral requests for newly admitted students seeking F-1 visa status should email Graduate Education.

Step 2: Activate your OU accounts
Prior to registering for classes, you must activate and verify login for your Grizzly ID and PIN and NET ID accounts. Learn how to activate your accounts, and watch tutorials on how to change your Grizzly ID PIN and activate your NetID.
Step 3: Register for classes
Web registration is staggered by class standing and earned credit hours. Near the end of March you will register for upcoming summer, fall and winter classes. Specific registration dates are posted on OU’s web registration page.
Step 4: Pay your bill
Oakland University offers four ways for you to pay your tuition:
  • Online
  • By mail
  • In person
  • Via Flywire (for international payments)
Please view OU’s how to pay page for complete details.

Please note: Beginning with fall 2017, Oakland University is implementing new payment and cancellation dates. Due dates have been changed to help reduce outstanding debt, limit late payment penalties, and free up available housing and classroom space. Contact Student Financial Services if you need help financing your education. 
Step 5: Get your GrizzCard
A GrizzCard, the official picture identification card of Oakland University, is required to
  • Access residence hall meal plans
  • Check out library materials
  • Access the Recreation Center
  • Enter Vandenberg and Hamlin halls from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Print at any open lab on campus
  • Make copies in the Oakland Center or Kresge Library
  • Receive discounts to select campus activities and services

Get your GrizzCard before the start of your first semester to take advantage of all these resources.

Step 6: Attend orientation
You are invited to attend an orientation to learn about academic policies and processes that impact your graduate student experience:
  • The next graduate student orientation will be available soon

Please review our presentation from Tuesday, January 30, 2018 and contact us if there are any questions or concerns. 

Plan of Study

Completed in consultation with your faculty program adviser, the Plan of Study details specific courses, exit option and other requirements you must complete in order to earn your graduate degree.

Plan of Study Approval
You should consult with your faculty adviser during the first semester, and no later than the end of the first year in your graduate program, to develop a written Plan of Study. The Plan of Study, approved by your graduate program adviser, must be submitted to Graduate Education in order to update your Online Degree Evaluation (WebCAPP).

Approved Plan of Study
An approved plan of study may be amended at any time. Until formal approval of an updated Plan of Study is made, your original or current modification of the plan will remain in effect. You are responsible for meeting with your faculty adviser on an ongoing basis and keeping your Plan of Study updated, as needed.


It is your responsibility to comply with all Oakland University policies, procedures and applicable graduate program requirements that govern your individual program of study. The following tools will help you maintain good academic standing at OU

  • Graduate Program Catalog: this is the official OU publication governing academic programs, degree requirements and academic policies, and regulations for graduate study

Graduate Education administers academic policies and procedures, and enforces graduate degree requirements which are determined by the Graduate Council and are applicable to all graduate students. In unusual circumstances, an exception to policy may be requested. For information on requesting an exception, please visit the student responsibility section in the catalog.

Campus Safety

Oakland University's Annual Campus Safety and Security and Fire Safety Report is available online or you may request a paper copy from one of the following offices:

Oakland University Police Department
10 Police and Support Services Building

University Human Resources
413 Wilson Hall

Academic Human Resources
517 Wilson Hall

Office of the Dean of Students
144 Oakland Center

This report is required by federal law, and contains policy statements and crime statistics for OU. The policy statements address the school's policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security and include topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. The report also contains crime statistics for the three previous calendar years for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in on or off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the law and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus.

Campus Life
Athletics & Recreation
Health Services
Graham Health Center
Graham Health Center provides convenient, affordable, high quality health care right on campus. They are staffed by certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants who have extensive education and clinical training. A physician visits weekly to review cases, consult, and see patients who require physician care.
Student Activities
  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning The CETL is open to all OU Graduate Students, even if teaching is not a part of your career plan. Teaching opportunities can manifest themselves in many non-traditional ways these days, an IT professional may be asked to lead a training initiative or a researcher may need to report their findings to colleagues in a classroom venue. The CETL is here to help you develop the skills necessary to thrive in any educational setting.
  • Center for Student Activities and Leadership Development The mission of the Center for Student Activities and Leadership Development is to complement classroom learning through co-curricular experiences that promote student’s engagement with the university, local and global communities.