New Graduate Students

Getting Started
Acceptance of Graduate Admission Offer form -  Accept, Decline or Defer your offer of admission online.

Deferral's explained:

The offer of admission was extended to you for a specified semester.  Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning permits an admitted applicant to update within 5 terms of the original admission term; thereafter, a new application is required.  

Deferral requests for newly admitted students seeking F1 visa status should be directed to  Graduate Admission.

Prior to registering for classes you need to activate and verify login for your Grizzly ID, PIN and SAIL accounts. For more information on activating accounts visit:

Web registration is staggered by class standing and earned credit hours.

Visit the Web Registration information page for more information.

Oakland University offers 4 ways for students to pay their tuition:
  • Online
  • By mail
  • In Person
  • Oakland University has partnered with Flywire (International Payments)
Please view the How to Pay page for complete details.

The GrizzCard is the official picture identification card of Oakland University. Your GrizzCard 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
  • Discounts to select campus activities and services
It is recommended you get your GrizzCard before the start of your 1st semester.
Plan of Study
Completed in consultation with the 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.  
Master's Plan of Study (general)

Plan of Study Approval
Graduate Council has recommended each graduate student consult with their faculty adviser during the first semester, and no later than the end of the first year in their graduate program to develop a written Plan of Study.  The Plan of Study, approved by your graduate program adviser, must be submitted to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning 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.
Current Graduate Student Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the graduate student to comply with all OU policies, procedures and applicable graduate program requirements that govern their individual program of study.  The following tools will help current students maintain good academic standing at OU

Graduate Program Catalog 
Official OU publication governing academic programs, degree requirements and academic policies and regulations for graduate study. 

Graduate Student Policy
General policies and regulations for graduate students. 

Graduate Student Program Forms
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

Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning administers academic policies and procedures and enforces graduate degree requirements which are determined by the Graduate Council and are applicable to all Graduate Students. 
Notice of Annual Campus Safety & Security and Fire Safety Report availability

Oakland University's Annual Campus Safety and Security & 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 the University. 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

Golden Grizzlies

Your home for OU Athletics. Tickets, schedules and player information!

Recreation Center
Features: indoor track, fitness center with cardio and & strength equipment, 3 court gym, racquetball courts, and more.

Golf & Learning Center

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.