Welcome to the Sooner Jump Start Family

Sooner Jump Start support begins with the submission of an application. As soon as your application has been received, you gain access to many useful resources, including information to help you transition from your home country smoothly. Below are some useful resources.

We realize that departing your home country can be stressful and scary. As a student of Sooner Jump Start, we want to make this transition as smooth and stress-free as possible. One way we've done this is by creating a document that contains useful information about what you need to bring. Along with what to pack, the document contains information about weather, credit cards, healthcare information and a checklist for leaving the U.S., just to name a few. This document is sent with your Sooner Jump Start admission letter. If you've lost your admission letter or want to get a head start, you can get this information below.


In Oklahoma, summers are hot and winters are cold. In the fall and spring, temperatures can change from cold to hot each day. Oklahoma has rain, snow, and wind. Be sure to pack clothes for all weather types or purchase clothes after you arrive.


Healthcare in the United States can be expensive and different than healthcare in other countries. We suggest that you schedule dental and vision examinations before you leave your home country. Although you will be receiving student medical insurance, dental and vision care are not included.

Money and Cell Phone

We recommend you bring a Visa or MasterCard credit card with you. Obtaining a credit card in the United States can be difficult and expensive. After you arrive, Sooner Jump Start will take you to a bank to deposit any cash you bring and setup a bank account. We will also take you to get a U.S. cell phone and phone number. Before you depart, we recommend you give your family the Sooner Jump Start contact information below in case they need to contact our office.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Obtain your passport and visa
  • Notify your agent of your flight schedule
  • Check your flight information 72 hours before departure and notify your agent of changes
  • Pack your carry-on bag. Make sure your immigration documents are in your carry-on, not your checked bag.
  • Bring any important medical documents you have, including prescription drug information

Suggested Packing List

  • Photos of family and friends
  • Recipes of your favorite foods
  • Clothes for all weather types
  • Shoes
  • Bed sheets and blankets (Twin XL or Full Size)
  • Bath towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Workout clothes
  • At least one nice outfit for formal occasions
  • Books
  • Soap
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Brush/comb
  • Shaving supplies
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Feminine products
  • Medicine
  • Contact lenses/Glasses
  • Purse/wallet
  • Important documents, such as passport, visa, itinerary, plane tickets, I-20, etc.
  • Outlet adapter
  • Cell phone
  • Laptop and charger
  • Camera
  • Backpack
  • Money/credit cards

Shortly after arrival, the SJS office will have transportation available to stores where you can purchase most of these supplies. We recommend you pack lightly and purchase everything else after you arrive.

Lost Luggage

Sometimes luggage can get lost during travel. If your luggage is lost by the airline, upon arrival to Will Rogers Airport, ask the airline to deliver your luggage to the following address (and keep this address with you when you travel):

Sooner Jump Start

Boomer Outreach Building

300 Kellogg Drive

Norman, OK 73072

It's important to know about the city you will be staying in while at OU. While Norman is a great college town with a lot of things to do, SJS students have access to greater Oklahoma City, the largest metropolitan area in Oklahoma.

Here are some great websites to visit to learn about the "Heart of America."


Information about Norman, OK

Information about Oklahoma

Will Rogers World Airport

Will Rogers World Airport is located in Oklahoma City and is about 30 minutes from the University of Oklahoma campus. The location of this airport means a fast and convenient ride to your new home at OU. 

For information about the Oklahoma City airport, visit flyokc.com.

Transportation from Will Rogers World Airport will be provided to OU Walker Tower. After your flight lands, follow the signs to Baggage Claim #4. You will find an OU welcome table. Speak to the OU representative. If no one is there, call Airport Express for a ride to OU: (405) 681-3311.

As soon as possible, please notify SJS of your flight information and your cell phone number. 

The map below can help you understand where the University of Oklahoma is in relation to Will Rogers World Airport.

Arrival Week Fall 2018

August 20 - Residence Hall Check-In

Residence Hall Check-In will be between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Plan your flight accordingly. Arriving before this date could result in extra fees from OU Housing and Food Services. You will be responsible for paying any extra fees.

August 24 - Sooner Jump Start Orientation

Your first required OU event is SJS Orientation. It will be at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast will be served. SJS will notify you of the location of the event before the day of Orientation.

August 27 & 28 - Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) Orientation

Your second required OU event is Registration and Orientation for the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL). It will be at 9:00 a.m. on both days. During CESL orientation you will take your language placement tests.

Housing Information

Students are required to stay in on-campus Residence Halls for their first year at the University of Oklahoma. Sooner Jump Start will reserve SJS student rooms before arriving. The designated check-in date for Fall 2018 is August 20, 2018. If students arrive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the designated check-in date, they will check-in to their permanent Residence Hall assignment. If students arrive outside of this date and time, they will stay in temporary housing (costs apply) until the following business day. It’s important to arrive during the designated check-in date and time to ensure a smooth transition into life at the University of Oklahoma.

For more information about the Residence Halls, visit  OU Housing and Food.