Title 645 – Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics
Chapter 10. Provisions implementing 70 O.S. § 1210.405 [NEW]
645:10-1-1. Enrollment of Students who Reside Outside of Oklahoma
(a) The purpose of this rule is to implement Section 1210.405 of Title 70 of the laws of Oklahoma relating to the use of unused capacity within the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) through the acceptance of students residing outside of Oklahoma and outside of the United States for enrollment in courses offered by OSSM.
(b) The admissions process for students who reside outside of Oklahoma and outside of the United States shall be separate from the admissions process for students who are residents of the State of Oklahoma.
(c) Admission qualifications for students who reside outside of Oklahoma and outside of the United States shall equal or exceed qualification requirements for students who reside in the State of Oklahoma.
(d) OSSM may accept students who reside outside of Oklahoma and outside of the United States for enrollment only if there is unused capacity in the Dan Little Residence Hall on the school’s campus, and only if all qualified Oklahoma students have been accepted or will be accepted for enrollment as funding permits. Residents of the State of Oklahoma seeking acceptance to OSSM shall be given priority for enrollment over students who are not residents of this state, if all other qualifications are equal.
(e) Only students residing in Oklahoma will be accepted for enrollment if there are no empty rooms available in the Dan Little Residence Hall.
(f) A student residing outside of the United States may attend OSSM for the maximum time allowed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which is currently twelve (12) months. A student residing in another state within the United States may attend the entire two-year program offered by OSSM.
(g) All data pertaining to students enrolled pursuant to this rule shall be cataloged, stored and updated in OSSM’s secure, internal electronic record-keeping system. Said data shall include personal information, grade reports, tuition payments, fee schedules, class and faculty schedules, residential life reports, and other documents required pursuant to the SEVP.
(h) OSSM shall charge rates for nonresident tuition and room and board calculated on the basis of the rate the market will bear, but the rate shall not be less than the average cost per student where the average cost per student is defined to be the total school expenditures for the residential school campus divided by the total number of students. The OSSM Board of Trustees shall approve the rates of nonresident tuition and room and board for nonresident students prior to each academic year.
(i) Students enrolled pursuant to this rule shall comply with all applicable policies and rules of OSSM including but not limited to the academic standards and rules set forth in the OSSM Student Handbook.
645:10-1-2. Renting of Facilities
a) Renting of space. OSSM may offer for rent dormitory rooms, space in the Dan Little Residence Hall, classrooms, laboratories, gymnasium, library and other OSSM facilities located in Oklahoma City on the school’s campus.
b) Fees. OSSM shall establish reasonable fees for the rental of its facilities based on the fair market value of similar space in the Oklahoma City region provided that fees shall cover costs incurred by OSSM including but not limited to the cost of cleaning, maintenance and security.
c) Preference to education institutions. The Administration of OSSM shall in its sole discretion determine whether an applicant may rent OSSM facilities subject to applicable laws. Preference shall be given to educational entities and those renters whose mission supports the mission and purpose of OSSM.
d) Compliance with applicable laws required. The activity undertaken by the renters shall be in compliance with and shall not violate local, state or federal law.
e) Room Scheduling. OSSM will use its electronic room scheduling system to book groups on the school’s grounds. Priority for facility use shall be given to students and faculty first, and then offered to other state agencies, then to entities where education is a primary focus, and finally to the general public.
f) Reporting to the Board of Trustees. The Administration of OSSM shall annually report to the OSSM Board of Trustees on the renting of facilities.
645:10-1-3. Establish Fees/Tuition for Summer Programs and Workshops
(a) OSSM may establish educational programs and conduct professional development workshops and charge applicable tuition, fees and room and board.
(b) The Administration of OSSM shall annually report to the OSSM Board of Trustees on offered educational programs and professional development workshops.
- Is OSSM a private school?
No, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics is a two-year public residential high school created and funded by the Oklahoma legislature. The school is open to all students across the state who wish to apply during their sophomore year. OSSM is categorized as a state agency. See the Admissions webpage for details and application deadlines.
- What is the tuition to attend OSSM?
There is no tuition for an Oklahoma resident student to attend the school. Room and board are provided by the state. Students may wish to have "pocket money" available for incidentals like school supplies, snack bar items or a weekend trip to a local restaurant, movie theatre, bookstore or mall.
- Who can attend OSSM?
OSSM is open to all Oklahoma students who are entering their junior year of high school. Applications are due in March of the sophomore year. OSSM now accepts nonresident and international students for paying tuition.
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How have OSSM graduates helped Oklahoma's economy?
Of the 1,400+ OSSM graduates since 1992, more than half who have completed a degree and have entered the workforce are working in Oklahoma. Ten of those have started their own businesses in our state. An independent report credits OSSM with a $40 million economic impact in Oklahoma.