New Student Orientation – August 17th and 18th

This summer has gone by quickly! We want to congratulate the Class of 2014 on their recent graduation!

Looking ahead, we are ecstatic to greet our new students and families who will be joining our TU family shortly.

Every fall, TU holds an orientation program for new students and their families the week before classes begin (August 25th, mark your calendars!). This is a very exciting and emotional time as these students and their families begin their TU experience.

This is where you come in!

We work very hard to make sure the students and family members are greeted with a kind “Hello” and some information to help make this a smooth transition into college life. Every year, TUPFA volunteers man tables filled with information packets for parents that include helpful phone numbers and other useful information.

We need you!

There are five dorms to move new students into: Fisher South, Fisher West, LaFortune, Lottie Jane Mabee and John Mabee. That means we need volunteers at each dorm, on both days.

Please consider being the face of TU for these newcomers, sign up to volunteer!



Spring Commencement 2014

It’s that time of the school year again–time for Spring Commencement!

Graduating college (both as a student or a family member with an  upcoming graduate) can be a whirlwind of excitement, fear, uncertainty and joy. With that in mind, here is some information to help with this huge milestone.

Caps & Gowns

The “Senior Salute“ is coming up, a time  when graduating seniors (and graduate students) can go over to ACAC and pick up their caps and gowns, meet with representatives from the Business Office, Registrar, Financial Aid, and Graduate School in one convenient location. A student’s cap and gown is provided at no cost, however, announcements, class rings and pictures will be available for a price.

Josten’s partners with TU for all of the regalia, announcements, and rings, so you may order online as well. Students who are unable to attend the Senior Salute are able to make arrangements to pick up caps and gowns by contacting the Office of Student Affairs at (918) 631-2327.

The Big Day – May 10th @ 10AM

There are many different activities unique to the various schools and departments, so your student is encouraged to check his/her email or contact an adviser to inquire about special activities outside of the commencement ceremony.

A schedule for the event is available online or you can download this PDF, however it is always best to contact the various schools and departments directly for more information.

The University of Tulsa has a single commencement ceremony for all students graduating this semester–some universities split up graduation ceremonies by college or degree. The ceremony takes place in the Reynold’s Center (#82 on this campus map).


These are just some of the things that we have had questions about in the past, please feel free to email us at if you have any other questions or concerns.

Annual Cookie Contest

Do you make cookies that are out of this world? Let our distinguished and hungry celebrity judges decide. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded at the Pre-game Party on Saturday. The winning cookie recipe of this year’s Cookie Contest will be the Featured Cookie served at the Fall 2014 Parents’ Weekend.

All submissions should consist of 6 cookies stored in an airtight bag or container and a typed copy of the cookie recipe and your name, address, phone number, and email address. 

All submissions must be turned in on Friday, November 1st in Holmes Student Center or at Registration on Saturday.

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Activating a Student Account

There have been a lot of questions about setting up a student’s account to be able to use email and other online services, so here is a quick guide to help with the setup.

Note: Your student MUST know his or her student ID number in order to set up his or her student account online, this is found on some of the correspondence received from the university.

The technology portion of the TU webpage can be found at:

First, to make sure the account is activated, have your student click on “Account Activation for Admitted Student“. Put in the student ID number and student’s last name, this will activate the account.

After the account is activated, go back to and then click on “Find My Username“. Put in the student ID number and student’s last name, this will give you your student’s campus username (in the format of three letters and three numbers), plus the student’s TU email address (generally in form). You can then click the link to “Reset your password…” and it will send your student a link to either the email address or cell phone number on file. It is important to note that there is no default password associated with student accounts, so you must go through the password reset step to set up the password the first time.

Once your student has reset the password and knows his or her campus username, he or she can go to to sign into his or her TU email for the first time. That same username and password will be used for all online services through TU.

Questions? Comments? Email us at

Parking On Campus

Many of us have experienced the frustration of receiving a parking ticket on the TU campus, here is a little information to make your parking experience better.

For Visitors

If you are a visitor to campus, don’t fret, there is a place on the parking ticket to mark “Guest” or “Visitor”. It is very important to check that box and drop the ticket in the mail or turn it in to Campus Security because they write down your car tag and too many unresolved tickets could end up with a towed vehicle at your expense! To learn more about the university’s definition of a visitor, click here.

There are some lots on campus that are designated for visitors, including the Allen Chapman Activity Center (ACAC) lot, Westby Hall lot (directly behind the Admission building), and the Legal Clinic lot. For a complete map of parking lots on campus, take a look at this Parking Map.

For Students

Parking permits are required for both resident and non-resident students. Permits may be purchased online through Parking and Card Services’ website, or in person at the Parking and Card Services office (Located in Fisher Hall, #43, 45 and 15 on the Campus Map).

Permits for the new academic year usually go on sale at the end of July/beginning of August for students. Have your student check the Parking and Card Services website to find out when he or she is eligible to register.

Parking permits are lot-specific, so there is a lot of competition to get a permit in the lot closest to the dorm or apartment complex in which your student lives. As soon as your student is eligible to register for a parking permit, encourage him or her to do so. The Parking Map can help your student determine the best lot for which to register.

Parking Tickets

Unfortunately, for many students, parking tickets happen—and usually at the most inopportune times!

There are many reasons that someone may receive a parking ticket, such as:

  • Improper Display of Authorized Permit (For cars, the permit should be in the inside, lower portion of the passenger-side front windshield; For motorcycles, scooters or mopeds, the right-hand, upper arm of the cycle’s right-front fork.)
  • Invalid Permits (parking in the wrong lot or putting a valid permit on a vehicle that is not registered for that permit)

If your student does receive a parking ticket, there is the ability to appeal. The appeal procedures can be found on the Regulations and Fines portion of the Parking and Card Services website. If you or your student would like to pay the parking ticket online, go to the Business Office Payments website, fill out the required information and make sure to apply the money to “Student Account/Tuition”—this is tricky because there is an option for “ID/Parking” DO NOT select that option.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at

Weather Procedures

Tornadoes / Severe Storms

Oklahoma is a beautiful state, but unfortunately we are also home to a fair share of tornados. It is important to be prepared in case one of these storms heads towards Tulsa. When these storms come a tornado siren usually precedes them. To hear what the siren sounds like, go outside any Wednesday at noon, that is when they are tested. You can also hear the sirens at many of the Golden Hurricane football games.

Watches vs. Warnings

So you’re watching TV and county names start scrolling across the bottom of the screen and are labeled
watch or warning, and you are wondering just what this means. First it is important to know we are located in Tulsa County. It’s highlighted in red on the map located on this page. It is important to know the difference between a watch and a warning so you know whether or not to take cover.

Tornado Watch

This means there is a chance of tornado forming

Tornado Warning

This means a tornado has been seen or detected by radar.

Safety Procedures

If a tornado warning is issued, it is important for you to move from your room to a place of greater safety, away from the top floors of the halls and apartments and away from windows or glass. Most injuries and deaths from tornadoes are due to flying debris. Generally, interior hallways, bathrooms, and basements are best. Take a blanket to shield yourself from potential flying or falling debris, and remain calm until staff gives the “all clear”. Those wishing to risk their lives by viewing the tornado are asked to leave University property.

If A Tornado Siren Sounds

  • Remain calm
  • You MUST proceed to the designated Tornado Safety Area in your
  • building
  • Remain in shelter until University staff has given the “ALL CLEAR” signal. Housing staff members will let you know when it is safe to leave the shelter
  • Do not go outside

Storm Shelters

Fisher South, 7th Street House, 5th Place House, LaFortune House, & Sorority Row residents are to evacuate to the ground floor hallway with room doors closed.

Fisher West Suites, John Mabee Hall, & Lottie Jane Mabee Hall residents evacuate to the basement area.

Apartment residents are to evacuate to any Residence Hall (in the designated area), the Reynolds Center,
Keplinger Hall, or Collins Fitness Center (during normal operating hours)

Adapted from The 2012-2013 Guide to Campus Living