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Getting Started for OSU Stillwater Students

Let us start by saying, "Welcome!" We understand that there's a lot to learn before getting started at OSU. Which is why we have this summary page of key IT services offered on campus, how to access them, and a few frequently asked questions. Some of these steps may not be available until you are on campus or until you've enrolled in a class. If you have any problems call or email the IT Helpdesk.

1. Activate your Orange Key (O-Key) campus account

Use your O-Key account to access OSU services, including email, Wi-Fi, and online courses. Undergraduate students and graduate students should receive an email with instructions to setup their O-Key account when they become 'Admitted' students.
 O-Key account passwords expire every 120 days. If you haven't already, visit and click “Activate your O-Key Account” to get started.

2. Accessing your OSU Email

Email is crucial for keeping up with the latest OSU announcements and sending and receiving messages from professors. OSU uses "Cowboy Mail" which is based off Microsoft Office 365.

Access Cowboy Mail

Additionally, you may download the Outlook app from Google Play or the Apple App Store to receive email automatically on you phone.

3. Accessing MyOKSTATE and course materials

MyOKSTATE ( is the central hub for accessing most OSU services, including email and digital classroom materials through Canvas. Most OSU Services can be found here. You might need to wait up to 30 minutes after activating your O-Key account before MyOKSTATE will allow you in.

4. University provided software

Students are provided an Office 365 subscription at no additional cost which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and more. On your laptop or PC login to Office 365 and click "Install Office" to get started.

Login to Office 365 via O-Key credentials

5. Laptops, PCs and tablets

IT doesn’t recommend any specific laptops, PCs, tablets, or smartphones; although your college or major may have its own requirements or needs. You should make sure your laptop meets Microsoft's Office 365 system requirements. Most modern laptops and computers meet them.

6. ID card

You will use your university ID card for checking out library books, using your meal plan, or accessing your residential building. You will receive your ID card during New Student orientation. Learn more about OSU ID cards.

7. Campus Wi-Fi

The OSU campus has Wi-Fi in most areas. You must be enrolled in a course before you may connect to “EDUROAM” Wi-Fi using your O-Key email address and password. Learn more about Campus  Wi-Fi.

8. Computer labs and remote printing stations

IT runs computer labs in Math Sciences 108 and the 4th floor of the Classroom Building (not the North CLB). Other computer labs can be found around campus such as the large computer lab found in the Library.

Remote printing is a technology which allows you to submit print requests to printing stations around campus. This means you don't have to bring a personal printer. See printing locations and details.


What's next?

If you haven't already, check out New Student Orientation and Enrollment, Campus Safety's Rave Guardian app, or see a list of IT provided student services.

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