Apply to Sooner Jump Start

Read through all of the information on this page before applying. You are responsible for ensuring the completion and accuracy of all application materials. For assistance with the application process, email us at sjs@ou.edu.

Create an Account

  • Click here to create an account on the application site
  • Verify your account using the instructions provided to you by email. You must verify your account before you can submit an application.
  • Once your account is verified, you can apply to Sooner Jump Start.

Certificate of Eligibility (I-20)

You must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) from the University of Oklahoma to be admitted into Sooner Jump Start. To get this certificate, complete the online Sooner Jump Start application form. Upon satisfactory submission of the application and items, we will issue you a Certificate of Eligibility. Once received, the student should take it to the appropriate United States consulate to complete the application for a United States visa. Students must be 17 or older.

Application Checklist

All application information and attachments including file names must be in English

Sooner Jump Start welcomes all undergraduate students, which includes:

  • Freshman - Have graduated from a secondary school and never attended a post-secondary institution. Students are encouraged to apply in their final year of study.
  • Transfer - Have attempted one or more terms at a non-U.S. post-secondary institution.

Applicants need to meet the following requirements to apply to Sooner Jump Start:

  • Grades:
    • Freshman - "B" average or a 3.0/4.0 U.S. unweighted scale. Applicants must be 17 years of age prior to the first day of classes.*
    • Transfer - Please see the transfer admissions requirement chart for specific college GPA requirements.
  • English Proficiency (have one of the following):
    • TOEFL: 61 IBT or higher
    • IELTS: 5.5 IELTS or higher
    • Applicants without a TOEFL or IELTS score can contact sjs@ou.edu for further options.

    NOTE: OU and SJS have the right to adjust admission requirements without notice. Contact your SJS representative or the SJS office to get the latest requirements.

    *The applicant's high school class of his or her peers must have graduated by the time they move to SJS Phase 2 courses.

Applicants must submit official transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Freshman must submit official transcripts from all secondary or middle schools attended. If secondary school in your country includes standardized graduation exams and certificates, official copies of these should be submitted.
  • Transfers must submit official transcripts from secondary or middle schools AND every post-secondary institution attended, including colleges, universities, professional and technical schools.

If your transcript is issued by your school in a language other than English, we require the official, original language document as well as an official, or certified, English translation.

The University of Oklahoma evaluates and verifies all academic credentials to determine whether transfer credit will be awarded. All college level coursework completed at an international institution accredited and recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country will be awarded. You must provide official syllabi or course descriptions for all coursework in order for courses to be equated to OU coursework. Upon admission to OU, grades for courses completed at international institutions are converted to neutral S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) grades.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who have one or more semesters with no educational record will need to provide a personal statement of activities completed during this time.

All Sooner Jump Start applicants are required to complete the OU Application.

Sooner Jump Start applicants are NOT required to pay the OU Application fee. The application can be submitted without paying the application fee. Applicants who apply through Common Application must indicate they have a fee waiver and select the option: “You can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader”. Once the application is received by SJS the application fee waiver will be approved. Please make sure to enter your name as it appears on your passport or national identity card. If there are variations of your name on your credentials, please list these alternatives as well.

Sooner Jump Start applicants are required to pay the $80.00 SJS application fee.  Under no circumstances will this fee be waived nor will any action be taken on your application until this fee is received. Sooner Jump Start applicants are NOT required to pay the OU Application fee.  The application can be submitted without paying the application fee.  Applicants who apply through Common Application must indicate they have a fee waiver and select the option: “You can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader”. Once the application is received by SJS the application fee waiver will be approved.

Please have a clear photocopy of the biographic page of your passport when applying.  

If you currently hold a visa in the U.S., please provide a clear copy of that as well.

All English proficiency levels are considered for admission. Phase 1 placement is determined upon arrival. Phase 1 entry requires one of the following test scores to provide applicants with potential Phase 1 placement

  • iBT TOEFL
  • IELTS Academic Test
  • Applicants without a TOEFL or IELTS score can contact sjs@ou.edu for further options

All English proficiency levels are considered for admission.  Phase 1 placement is determined upon arrival.  Phase 1 entry requires one of the following test scores to provide applicants with potential Phase 1 placement. SJS will accept a copy of the TOEFL or IELTS score that includes the applicants photo.

  • iBT TOEFL
  • IELTS Academic Test
  • Applicants without a TOEFL or IELTS score will complete the Oxford Online Placement Test

All international applicants must provide documentary evidence of immediately available funds to cover the estimated expenses for the first year of the degree program to which they are accepted (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD).

International applicants are also expected to have adequate financial resources to support themselves for the entire duration of their degree programs (Bachelor’s: 4-5 years; Master’s: 2-3 years; PhD: 4-6 years). Although most students complete their degrees in less time, the I-20 is issued for the additional period of time to allow for any extenuating circumstances that might prevent a student from completing their degree on time. 

Required financial documents:

  1. A bank statement, certificate of deposit or certificate of balance signed or stamped by a bank official that is no more than 90 days old when submitted showing a liquid balance equaling at least the amount of your first year expenses. See Estimated Costs of Attending OU for more information.
  2. If the bank statement is in an account not owned by the applicant, you must submit a Financial Support Letter (PDF) or Affidavit of Support, signed by the account owner.
  3. If you are supported by a business, government or corporate sponsorship please provide a letter of support listing the duration of promised support and monetary amount of support being offered.

All documents must be filled out and submitted when completing the Sooner Jump Start application. You will be asked to submit these documents before finishing the SJS online application.

The following forms are required to be completed and submitted with your Sooner Jump Start application. Please review all forms carefully before signing. We recommend you download the forms, fill them out by hand or on the computer, and submit them when prompted during the Sooner Jump Start application. You can download the forms by clicking on the links below:

SJS Liability Waiver Form

SJS Information Release Form

OU Information Release Form

All required application materials must be submitted by the following dates:

Fall Entry: July 1

Spring Entry: November 15

Summer Entry: March 15

To check on the status of your application, contact the Sooner Jump Start office.

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