Q&A - August 2, 2015

It can be said that most students who enroll at OSUIT are actually entering the apprentice phase of their careers. With many industry specific programs and majors, OSUIT provides essential skills training to students before they enter the workforce as full-time employees. But it should also be known that OSUIT is an outstanding academic transfer institution as well.

Many students from the Okmulgee area can take all of their freshmen and sophomore classes with us before transferring to another institution of higher education. Essentially, a student can take the first two years of almost any bachelor’s degree right here in Okmulgee and successfully transfer anywhere in the country, and these transfer students can even pick up an Associate in Science degree from OSUIT in the process.

This week, allow me to answer a couple of very direct questions that I hope will result in some local students choosing to enroll at OSUIT.

Q: When do your classes start at OSUIT?

OSUIT uses a trimester system of classes rather than the traditional semester system that is used by most colleges. This means we run three 15 week sessions throughout the year—effectively using all twelve months in the year. I never really understood why most colleges work hard for only nine months and then encourage their students to take a three month vacation during the summer months. I have often wondered how the summer off schedule is supposed to acclimate young people to the rigors of the real world. Let me ask you, besides education, what industry in the United States operates this way? The real world operates on a twelve-month calendar and so does OSUIT. The twelve-month trimester system helps OSUIT to be more efficient and actually allows students to complete their degrees in a shorter amount of time.

But let me get back to your question. The upcoming academic calendar for OSUIT is as follows: fall classes begin on September 1, 2015 and run through December 11; spring classes begin on January 6, 2016 and run through April 22; and summer classes begin on May 3, 2016 and run through August 26. There is still plenty of time to get enrolled.

Q: How do I get enrolled for the Fall Semester?

The first step of enrollment at any college is gaining admission. To learn about the admission requirements of OSUIT, you may visit our university website www.osuit.edu or call us at 1-800-722-4471. An application for admission can easily be filled out online and our friendly admissions advisors can walk you through the process from there. Enrolling in college can certainly be a life changing experience but is not as scary as most people make it out to be. Just take the first step and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

On that note, please continue to send your questions for me to osuit-president@okstate.edu and I will do my best to answer them right here. I believe questions and answers are the basic ingredients of all good communication, and I am grateful to have this public forum to communicate with you.