STILLWATER — Within 24 hours of setting foot on campus at Oklahoma State University, Amanda Agpar was a Cowboys season ticket holder.
Agpar, 18, moved into OSU's Parker Hall on Sunday. Since then, she's been finding her way around campus, getting acquainted with her roommate, and, of course, picking up her student football tickets.
Agpar is one of thousands of incoming freshmen the university is receiving this week. A Putnam City High School graduate, she plans to major in sports media. She was drawn to OSU because of its strong sports media program. She also likes the campus, she said.
Even though she's confident about her choice of school, she is nervous about the adjustment, she said.
“It's going to be a big change,” Agpar said. “I don't really think it's hit me quite yet.”
Although the university doesn't have final numbers, OSU officials are expecting record enrollment this year. OSU's budget for fiscal year 2013 shows a projected enrollment of 36,590 across the university's five-campus system. OSU officials expect to see an enrollment of 22,732 at the university's Stillwater campus.
If figures are as high as expected, the five-campus enrollment would be the largest in the university's history, topping last year's record by 1.9 percent.
Classes at OSU begin Monday. Until then, the university will hold Welcome Week, with activities designed to help freshmen acquaint themselves with the campus and get a better idea of what to expect out of college life.
The program includes a menu of seminars students can choose to attend. Those seminars are geared toward areas university officials hope to see students master, said Lee Bird, OSU's vice president for student affairs. Seminars are arranged around the university's Six Pillars of Student Success — academic excellence, leadership, service and civic engagement, finding a purpose, broadening horizons and wellness.
In general, Bird said, the seminars show students how to be a college student. For example, a seminar in the academic excellence category might go over what college-level work looks like, what faculty members are expecting and what resources are available on campus.
The week concludes Friday with a series of showcases during which incoming freshmen are invited to speak with the deans of their colleges and learn more about the colleges.
Capping the program is new student convocation at 4 p.m. Friday, which will include remarks from OSU President Burns Hargis.