WHAT IS STORM SURGE?
Storm Surge offers comprehensive services, in one location, for traditional undergraduate freshmen and transfer students. Designed for your convenience and ease, Storm Surge helps you access academic advising, complete registration, and finalize any additional paperwork before school starts in the fall. Check out some of the highlights from past events here!
WHAT ARE THE DATES OF STORM SURGE?
Saturday, April 20
Saturday, May 4
Saturday, July 29
Friday, June 26
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR STORM SURGE?
Registration for Storm Surge is online (here), and officially opens on February 15, 2013.
WHAT WILL I TAKE HOME FROM STORM SURGE?
- Your student ID - access "college student only" discounts from national vendors.
- A completed residential housing contract - you'll know exactly what to expect on move-in day!
- Your course schedule for Fall 2013 - your class schedule will be complete... start looking for your textbooks!
- The four-year plan for your intended major - a list of required classes in recommended order so you can graduate in 4 years.
- A dorm room schematic - that's a fancy college word for room plan/design... take advantage of back-to-school sales for your XL twin sheets. Yes, you'll need XL twin sheets!
- Information about New Student Institute (NSI) - NSI is our orientation, and it begins on move-in day (August 16, 2013!!). Your parents will know exactly what to expect, and will have plenty of time to request vacation days.
- Confirmation of your FREE laptop - every student receives a laptop, and several upgrades are available.
- Knowledge of President's Gresham's favorite foods - you'll enjoy them at Party with the Prez!
- Access to our FREE monthly payment plans - part of our commitment to making SNU affordable for every student.
HOW LONG DOES STORM SURGE LAST?
Storm Surve events take place from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m. You must attend the entire session in order to be enrolled in classes and receive your student ID.
Keep in mind that SNU is on the Central Standard Time Zone and observes Daylight Savings Time.
HOW MUCH DOES STORM SURGE COST?
Storm Surge is free. Absolutely free.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND STORM SURGE?
All traditional undergraduate incoming freshman students for Fall 2012 who have been officially accepted to SNU, paid the $150 registration deposit, and either filed the FAFSA or signed a waiver declaring they would not file.
Family members are highly encouraged to participate! A special parent session, hosted by SNU's President, Dr. Loren Gresham, will be full of information. We will offer individual appointments with financial aid counselors or business officers, a Q&A session with the Vice President of Student Development, campus tours, and a student services resource fair. We will also answer questions about meal plans, special dietary accommodations, laundry facilities, and residence hall information. Our goal is to answer all of your questions!
Additionally, Storm Surge is open to all new transfer students for Fall 2013 who have paid their $150 registration deposit, submitted their official transcript(s), and have either filed their FAFSA or signed a waiver refusing to file.
IS MY FAMILY ALLOWED TO ATTEND?
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
- Proof of health insurance
- Immunization records
- Signed financial aid award letter, if you've not already signed it electronically
WHAT IF I CAN'T ATTEND A STORM SURGE EVENT?
We provide four Storm Surge events to give everyone a chance to attend. However, we understand that students coming to us from far-away places often cannot attend. If you won't be able to attend Storm Surge, please let your admissions counselor know. We will help you get in contact with your academic advisor to schedule your classes, and you can complete everything else during NSI.
WHAT DOES THE ACADEMIC ADVISING PROCESS ENTAIL?
SNU advising is somewhat aggressive, with the intention of helping our students graduate in four years. This is often more important to parents! We understand that incoming freshman are used to the high school system, where much of the schedule is planned out for them. This is not the case in the university setting.
Our faculty work closely with students to purposefully craft semesters that fit the major requirements and post-graduate dreams of our students. A student will not be registered for classes without completing the advising process each semester, and a student's advisor will remain the same for the entirety of their SNU career (unless a change of major takes place).
WHO ARE SNU'S FACULTY ADVISORS?
SNU's Provost (chief academic officer), Academic Deans, and Department Chairs assign incoming students to an official faculty advisor within the student's program of study. SNU Faculty Advisors, as a rule, include many of the University’s most distinguished faculty. Our professors are scholars of national and international reputation, each well-versed in their area and the university as a whole.
First-year college students will meet their advisor in person at Storm Surge. After that, advising occurs in November and April, during the pre-registration process for the Spring and Fall terms. Advisors hold regular office hours during the semester and it’s common for SNU students to see their advisor regularly throughout the year. If the advisor can’t answer a question, the student is immediately referred to the appropriate colleague.
ARE THERE ADDITIONAL SOURCES FOR ADVISING?
The Provost, Academic Deans, and Honors Program Director hold weekly office hours. Individual course professors are also great sources of knowledge.
WHAT SPECIFIC IMMUNIZATIONS ARE REQUIRED? WHY?
Oklahoma State Law and SNU require four immunizations: (1) Tetanus -- within the last 10 years, (2) MMR -- 2 doses, (3) Hepatitis B -- 3 doses, and (4) Meningitis -- required if you'll be living in the residential halls.
For your convenience, these immunizations will be available on campus, in our Student Health Center, when you arrive in August. The costs for these shots are as follows: Tetanus - $38; MMR - $58 per dose; Hepatitis B - $40 per dose; Meningitis - $95.
WHAT IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
Contact our Director of First Impressions, Lisa. She can be reached by phone at 405.491.6324 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll find out why she holds her title... she's amazing!